Israel's Operation Shield and Arrow: Is blowing stuff up a strategy?


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Israel's Operation Shield and Arrow: Is blowing stuff up a strategy?
MILITARY AFFAIRS: So far there are no signs that the IDF’s masterful tactical wins against Islamic Jihad will yield any extended period of quiet.

Several times in the last 17 years Israel has fought wars where it “won” tactically, but achieved little or nothing in the longer-term strategic picture. Some of that comes from using the same playbook of blowing things or people up. If Israel uses the same playbook as in the past, why should it expect a different result?

In significant conflicts (where usually hundreds or more rockets were fired on Israel in a short period) with Hezbollah and Hamas, and more recently in multiple run-ins with Islamic Jihad, in 2006, 2008-9, 2012, 2014, November 2018, May 2019, November 2019, February 2020, May 2021, August 2022, every time the IDF killed far more “top commanders” and fighters on the other side than were killed on the Israeli side.



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A sound argument from the little I read.

What is the alternative? A full scale invasion of Gaza? The blowback on Israel from the world would practically invite an invasion of Israel by Israel's enemies.

Israel is walking a razors edge just in the attacks on the PIJ and Hamas leaders.