What should be done about https://islam.stackexchange.com/q/10819/3487 ?
Is it off-topic? And why is it so?
What can be done to improve it?
Is it salvageable?
The question is two part. one part is on topic and other is off topic in this site. the part asking about if Israel is enemy of Islam or not is on topic. because Islam has verses and Ahadeeth about defining its own enemies and based on that definition it can be determined that if X is enemy of Islam or not. it is like asking if X is Halal or not. Islam has definition of Halal and each case can be determined by this definition.
Definitions in Islam are like formula. and each case can be determined by checking it in the related formula.
But the part asking why Muslims have different positions about Israel is about behaviors of Muslims instead of Islam itself. so this part is off-topic and if it is removed from Question there will be no problem.
The question is about laws of Islam about its enemies. and not about Israel itself. question can be answered by having expert knowledge about Islam. Israel is only one case that can be determined if is enemy of Islam or not. by checking the behaviors of Israel based on Islamic definitions it can be determined.
Anyway the question wants to know if Israel specifically is enemy of Islam or not. it is not asking generally for how to determine if X is enemy of Islam or not.
When one asks if the sea food X is Halal or not? he wants to know about this specific food. we should not enforce him to change his question to: how to determine foods are Halal or not?
In the way of Allah a Muslim should not fear from anything.
Indeed Islam is a political religion and has political aspects and cutting parts of Islam makes it turn it to what is not Islam anymore. it is like a lion without teeth. prophet Muhammad SAWW managed near 100 wars. some of them himself was fighting and some others he himself was not in the war fighting but sent the military for war and managed them. Also prophet Muhammad SAWW had a war against Jews of Bani Qurayzah living in the Khaybar castle. so totally war, having enemy, politics are Indeed parts of Islam and we can not cut these parts from Islam. but if a political question is irrelevant of Islamic politics then it will be off-topic in this site. but politics that are included in Islam are on-topic in this site. anyway Islam has its own politics and we do not the right to cut parts of Islam. cutting parts of Islam means disbelieving in parts of Islam and this is called Kufr in Quran:
Indeed, those who disbelieve in Allah and His messengers and wish to discriminate between Allah and His messengers and say, "We believe in some and disbelieve in others," and wish to adopt a way in between - (150) Those are the disbelievers, truly. And We have prepared for the disbelievers a humiliating punishment. (151) http://tanzil.net/#4:150
The question very much looks like the definition of "political": "of or relating to the government or the public affairs of a country."
Fundamentally, the question isn't really about Islam at all; it's about Israel. And answering the question doesn't really require any expert knowledge about Islam. It does, however, require an in-depth knowledge of Israeli government and foreign affairs.
And even then, any answers would be very much tied to the current political climate more than to Islamic fundamentals. They are thus less likely to provide any long-term value to future users so far as Islam itself is concerned.
And that's not even getting into the fact that this is exactly the sort of sectarianism that we've been fighting against since the founding of this site: "All posts asking for the site to pass judgement on some person or group […] are off-topic and will be closed/deleted on sight." We are not, and never have been, a fatwa site, and we are not, nor ever have been, a site for passing judgement on anyone (be they Muslim or otherwise).
It's possible that by reworking it into a "How can I identify an enemy of Islam?" form it could work, but that runs the very real risk of being closed as "Too broad" instead (and given OP's comments, doesn't appear to be what he's looking for anyway). As it stands, I just don't see as salvageable.
I see this as an extremely dangerous question. Either the question itself, or a possible answer, could be seen as an incitement to perform acts of war or terrorism.
I would hate to see Islam.SE turn into a site for encouraging attacks against nations whose politics we dislike. This should not be a political vehicle.
The possible consequences of leaving this question on this site frighten me greatly.
I do not believe it to be off-topic, and I disagree on it being closed as such, I would have instead closed it as unclear. As it would seem that the questioner is asking one thing, but giving a feel of asking another thing by quoting the Ayah.
Although this question may seem to be political and irrelevant to Islam teachings, it is in fact quite the opposite. That is why I believe it is salvageable, it can be salvaged. It could be reworked into "How can I identify an enemy of Islam?" as goldPseudo said in his answer, but I also see a potential fiqh question.
Because of the fiqh and ruling behind a land which belongs to the Muslimeen (which goes back to the Ghaneema/ الغنيمة), and the ruling of what is to be done when such land is attacked and taken under control by non-Muslims (like the crusaders in the past or the Jews currently). Along with the quotation of Ayah 190, and the possibility of the user thinking of the Ayah in Suratul Anfaal:
وأعدوا لهم ما استطعتم من قوة ومن رباط الخيل ترهبون به عدو الله وعدوكم
And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy
I can see such a potential in the question. So you ask if it is salvageable, then I will repeat that yes definitely. It could be reworked and improved (Made clearer) as "What is the ruling of the Jews occupation of Palestine?" or if this still seems to political to some, then it could be "What does Islam say about non-Muslim occupation of Muslim lands?" or something on this line.
I also believe if the Ayah quoted be taken out of the question, then that alone would be fine. My point of this answer is mainly it can be salvaged.
It is a critical question. Many people agree with that and many disagree. In fact, if Israel regime is an enemy why some Muslim countries cooperate with, and if it is not an enemy why some countries do not accept it as a diplomatic country!!
I think It is better some people in here who are familiar with this case come and answer this. For example We in our country, Israel regime is known as an enemy of Islam by most.
I think the question is clearly off-topic and as long as the intention is to get an answer about whether Muslims should fight Israel it will remain so.
It is political by definition and the policy as far as I remember is that political issues are off-topic here (not because they are not part of Islam and one cannot say something based on Islam about them but because political questions are controversial and will lead to extended discussion based on opinions in place of factual answers).
In addition hate speech is illegal in US (where SE servers are located and the site has to follow the laws in US) and the original questions and even the current edited version look like hate speech against particular groups based on their opinions. (There is a small exception in some countries like Canada for discussion of religious doctrines but we should be very careful about this). I don't think there is any place for hate speech on this site.
On the other hand, I think it is important to clarify what is part of Islamic teachings and what is some Muslims' interpretation of those teachings at the present time specially about jihad which is one of the major teachings of Islam and is intrinsically political. By forbidding the topic on the site we will close our doors to users who seek answers to questions about jihad.
We have to think about this carefully. Jihad is a very sensitive issue and we need a clear policy about what type of questions and with what tone and form can be asked about it. If we allow questions about jihad then I think they must satisfy at least the following two conditions:
it is not and does not lead to hate speech or any other illegal activity (based on US law), and
it asks a question that can be factually answered based on Islamic sources and will not lead to extended and nonconstructive discussion of opinions.