'A sovereign country cannot permit this kind of imbalance to maintain for any amount of time without suffering severe damage.' What you would have, instead, is overwhelming military superiority and the ability to chastise your neighbors whenever you see fit. Actually, that mentality is precisely what is going to be Israel's downfall. Few, if any nations, have the ability to flail their neighbors whenever they become annoying. They learn that to one extent or another, they have to accomodate them, to get along. They don't have to love them: Greece/Turkey, India/Pakistan, US/Mexico -- but they do need to establish a modus vivendi. Israel -- almost as a matter of principle -- refuses to make this compromise. She always wants to have the big stick and carte blanche to use it. Well, she can't. Get used to it. Grow up. Figure out what you have to do to get along with the neighbors. Or don't. That has its points too, as far as I'm concerned.
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