In Deuteronomy 20:10, why did the children of Isreal need to offer peace to their enemy?

They had specifically left their land to do battle with the enemy. Why did they then need to first offer peace?

Deuteronomy 20:10

ESV - 10 When you draw near to a city to fight against it, offer terms of peace to it.

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