Why is India unable to adopt the policy like Israel?
Whenever we suffer from a terror attack by our neighbour Pakistan, the immediate reaction of our citizens is that the government should adopt policies like Israel. No doubt Israel successfully carried many overseas covert operations in the name of pe’ulot ha tagmul (acts of retaliation), however, following such policies in India is virtually impossible. There are multiple factors are involved that prevent India to act like Israel in such cases. Here are 5 reasons why India is unable to adopt Israel like policy while dealing with terrorism.
The biggest problem we are suffering from the post-independence is the political misunderstanding between the government and opponents that often creates trouble for national security. Political instability is a serious problem where each leader has a different opinion regarding national security, and no one is following one policy like Israel. When it comes to deal with Pakistan, different leaders have their own opinion. Indira Gandhi created RAW to strengthen national security and to prepare for any future conflict but her successor Morarji Desai wanted a good tie with Pakistan. Though he managed successfully China but failed miserably to deal with Pakistan for which RAW paid a heavy price.
On the other hand, Israel follows an iron-clad consensus which forces every acting leader to give support the ongoing operation against the enemy irrespective of their ideology and political agenda. It means they may have a different opinion as opposition leaders, but once they assume office, they have to support the previous government unfinished tasks.
By seeing the political scenario of India, it is impossible to think that political parties will ever unite while dealing with Pakistan. Even if one party has two different PM, their policies vary depending on the ideology of the leader. Vajpayee and Modi belong to the same party, but their strategies are different while dealing with Pakistan even though they both follow(ed) BJP ideology.
It requires proper coordination
The whole system depends on each other, and while dealing with outsiders, it is important to maintain the same coordination from the beginning, else it could fail miserably if goes under the red tape. Agents who carry such operations must be confident that they will get full support even if the government or bureaucrats change. Covert operations may take some years to reach the target and to continue such coordination plays an important role.
The biggest drawback while dealing with the external enemy is the lack of technological advancement that prevents us to get sufficient knowledge to carry an operation. We are far behind in terms of technology than the CIA and Mossad while dealing with enemies outside of our soil. Before carrying an operation, it is important to gather sufficient knowledge that India shows occasionally. We are still depending on agencies like FBI while dealing with important cases and doing everything on our own seems to be impossible in near future.
Dealing with Casualties
When the Arab world united against Israel to support Palestine, it started counter-attacks despite knowing the price as it chose to suffer heavy casualties for a big goal. For us, it is possible to carry operations like Israel but we have to prepare ourselves for the consequence too as there is no guarantee about the 100% success rate.
It won’t stop
Israel-Palestine conflict already shows that the problem won’t stop unless there is complete coordination between two parties which will never happen. Whether it’s India’s eagerness to establish a peaceful relation with Pakistan or Israel’s aggressiveness against the Arab world; both never helped to create a conflict-free zone. It ultimately proved that peace never happens unless both parties share equal mindset just like East and West Germany. The only thing Israel proves that no one can get away by hurting its citizens and h/she has to pay a have to pay a heavy price for the actions.