IDF Drives Israel’s Rank as World’s 8th Most Powerful Country

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Arutz Sheva reports: Israel was ranked #25 in the world’s “best countries” list of 2016, as compiled by US News & World Report. The single category in which Israel made the top 10 was Power; Israel ranked #8 in that category, and the main reason was its military.

The IDF received a score of 9.7 – similar to the US, and second only to Russia’s military, which received a perfect 10.

Additional criteria for power included political influence, for which the Jewish state received a score of 7.6, and strong international alliances, for which it got a 5.8. It fared less well in the field of economic influence (2.4) and leadership (2.7).

According to the report, Israel is very highly developed in terms of life expectancy, education, per capita income and other human development index indicators, but it also has “one of the most unequal economies in the Western world, with significant gaps between the rich and poor.”

The top five “best countries” overall were Germany, Canada, Britain, the US and Sweden.

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