The tiny nation of Israel, with just under 9 million residents, was ranked the 8th most powerful nation in the world out of 80 countries for the third consecutive year.
The annual survey by the U.S. News & World Report is based on economic influence, political influence, international alliance and a strong military. Israel’s relatively high ranking was based on its strong military, strong political influence and international alliances. The reported noted:
“For its relatively small size, the country has played a large role in global affairs. The country has a strong economy, landmarks of significance to several religions and strained relationships with many of its Arab neighbors.”
Israel, which has compulsory military service for both men and women, was ranked the strongest nation in the Middle East, followed closely by Saudi Arabia (ninth) and the United Arab Emirates (eleventh). Iran is considered the 13th most powerful nation.
Israel’s ally, the United States — with the largest economy and biggest military budget in the world — was ranked No. 1. Other powerfully ranked countries included Russia, China, Germany, France and Japan.
In the “best countries” survey, Israel came in 29th, moving up one place from last year. Switzerland was first in this category.
Sadly, Israel scored low when rated as a “fun” (or “sexy”) destination, scoring just 0.1 out of 10 in both. We who live here and those who have visited can testify that coming to Israel is not only fun, but is a rewarding, enriching and life-changing journey!