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The cult of operational superiority, from Israel to India

Context:

Relying solely on military force to handle a threat works temporarily, but it fails when the enemy discovers vulnerability is dangerous for common people during any war.

Collapse of Israel's Security Policy

  • Historical Mirage: Israel's military prowess created an illusion of invincibility, but recent events reveal vulnerabilities and escalate risks.
  • Limited Air Campaigns: Israel's periodic attacks on Gaza aimed to weaken militant capabilities but lacked a long-term political plan.
  • Netanyahu's Strategy: Abandoning the two-state solution, Netanyahu's divisive tactics favored extremists, weakening the Palestinian Authority and perpetuating conflict.

The Pitfalls of Operational Superiority

  • Israel's Misconception: Relying on operational dominance, Israel overlooked the political roots of the conflict, allowing room for retaliatory strikes.
  • India's Approach to Pakistan: Similar to Israel, India prioritized military strength but neglected political resolution in dealing with Pakistan.
  • Kashmir Standoff: India's decision to end Jammu and Kashmir's autonomy signaled a non-negotiable stance, hindering potential diplomatic progress.

Embracing Political Solutions

  • Benefits of Dialogue: While not a cure-all, diplomacy can ease tensions, as seen in past rapprochements between historic adversaries.
  • Potential Gains for Pakistan: Engaging in dialogue can incentivize Pakistan to pursue economic stability and distance itself from extremist elements.
  • Addressing Broader Issues: Political processes can pave the way for confidence-building measures, cooperation on shared challenges, and economic growth.
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