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January 21, 2016 5:49 pm

New Study Ranks Israel World’s 8th Most Powerful Country

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A typical Israeli street scene. US News ranked the Jewish state as among the world's most powerful country. Photo: Flickr.

A typical Israeli street scene. US News ranked the Jewish state as among the world’s most powerful countries. Photo: Flickr.

Israel is among the world’s most powerful countries, according to a new study published in U.S. News & World Report on Wednesday.

Ranking #8 out of 60 in the “power” category, Israel scored below the US, Russia, China, Germany, the UK, France and Japan in the study, which was developed by WPP and the Wharton School, in consultation with U.S. News.

But the Jewish state emerged as more powerful than Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Canada, Iran, Australia, India, Italy and Pakistan, among a long list of others.

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“Power” – one of nine sub-categories — was defined by the study as “a leader, economically influential, politically influential, strong international alliances, strong military.”

Israel scored lower on the “Overall Best Countries Ranking,” reaching #25 out of 60 – behind Russia and ahead of Greece — with Germany being #1.

The authors of the study explained the results and methodology:

Behind a country’s wealth and success are the policies that create possibilities, the people that drive the effort and the history that shapes the environment and perspective.

Globalization has expanded a country’s presence beyond its physical borders, and the 2016 Best Countries rankings seek to understand a nation’s worth beyond hard metrics.

The 2016 Best Countries report and rankings are based on how global perceptions define countries in terms of a number of qualitative characteristics, impressions that have the potential to drive trade, travel and investment and directly affect national economies. Sixty nations were measured in the inaugural report.

Countries were ranked according to a set of 65 attributes presented in a survey of more than 16,000 people from across the globe.

Attributes were grouped into nine subrankings that rolled into the Best Countries ranking: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power and Quality of Life.

We narrowed the world’s nations down to a statistically manageable group by looking at how a country’s performance in a number of key business, economic and quality of life indicators compared against others.

The 60 countries in the 2016 Best Countries rankings are the only countries whose achievements reached four reputable benchmarks: the United Nation’s top 100 countries in terms of 2013 gross domestic product, the World Bank’s top 100 countries in terms of 2012 international tourist arrivals, the top 100 countries in terms of foreign direct investment inflows from the United Nation’s 2013 World Investment Report and the top 150 countries of the United Nation’s 2014 Human Development Index.

Those that did not reach all four of these benchmarks and those that did not report these statistics were not included.

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  • As for me Israel is the #1 nation in the whole universe

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  • My friends you should live here to say the truth we live in russia

  • ramin

    israel emrged as more powerful even than IRAN ? SERIOUSLY?
    so why they are running to Washingtown DC and ask Obama and kerry to tell Iran not to attack them ?
    all the nowaday news are FAKE

    • The fact is Israel avoiding unnecessary stress and anxiety disorder.

  • Vernon Nnanna

    I am very surprised Isreal is not ranked among top 4 most powerful nations in the world.
    I am a Nigerian and true lover of Isreal. All around the world, Isreal is recognised as a force to reckon with. Most technologies used around the world today were developed in Isreal. Many nations of the world look unto Isreal to receive their inspiration. Even USA is super powerful because they are true supporters of Isreal. Any nation that supports Isreal is usually great. Although always fighting terrorism, the way they fight to protect its citizens is absolutely amazing. Indeed Isreal is unique among nations of the world.

    • Eyal

      Thank you for your support, friend.

  • Peter Hero jakha

    Head will be yours not tail.

  • Peter Hero jakha

    Oh Israel 👍👍👍👍

  • Itai Levitan

    Very nice and lots of respect for such a young country. The next game-changer is not country-silos, but more global cooperation based on shared principles, and enforcing them. How about we start with ‘Do Not Kill’?

    • Iehudit

      Have you hear about self defense?

    • Freda Gilbert

      And your point is what…that Israel kills gratuitously? In order to defend yourself you must kill or be killed! All countries do this so why do you hold Israel to a different standard?

    • David Buki

      Great idea Itai,

      Seven countries ahead of Israel. Let then declare no killing commitment first.

      BTW, the commandment states ‘Do Not Murder’. Big difference.

  • Arun Bose

    Happy for Israel being the 8th most powerful country in the world, A friend from India, Israel have to be the powerful to defeat all those who are threat to it’s existence..

  • bottom line you have to facter in elohim that puts them on top

  • the u.s. needs israel as much as we need them.

  • u.s.a.”s biggest air craft carrier-general haig usarmy

  • Arun Bose

    Happy for Israel being the 8th most powerful country in the world, Best of luck Israel. A friend from India..

  • Amazing that being the eighth most powerful country brings out the vitriol and negativism that some of your respondents have voiced.
    The only democracy in the Middle East, highest educated population in the Middle East, development of some of the most import technology(medically,media, and military) are just a few of its attributes. I may not always agree politically with the government decisions, no one can deny its contributions to the world. You cannot deny its incredible “brain trust” that in 68 years has made such contributions to the world at large. A country with the highest regard for protecting its population has been a beacon of light in an area where internecine death and destruction are so common place.

    • David Buki

      I assume you are Jewish. I like your response in general but do not understand the compulsion of Jews to state that they “do not alway agree politically with the government decisions”. What is the purpose of this irrelevant disclaimer.
      It shows a persistent defect resulting from Millennia of diaspora. Can you imagine an Englishman stating that he is proud of the high ranking of England although he has some reservations about the government’s policies?
      Mark, strengthen your back, be proud of what was achieved and leave the critic of Israel’s positions to discussions that deal directly with these topics.

  • Mickey Oberman

    “Israel scored lower on the “Overall Best Countries Ranking,” reaching #25 out of 60 – behind Russia and ahead of Greece — with Germany being #1.”

    This ‘Study’ by U.S. News & World Report,
    ‘Germany being #1.’
    completely discredits any reports it might dream up.

    • After what has happened in Cologne and seems to be the norm for muslim areas I cannot fathom haw Germany could be #1 in anything other than being the 1st Islamic country in Europe.

  • Ruvy Kossover

    While Ruthie Blum is really tooting Israel’s horn, it is nice to know that we moved from a country going down the toilet (the United States) to a country with a real future, no matter what hardships that future threatens to bring!

  • Atilla

    Germany #1 ??!! When was the list compiled, 1999?

    What a load of bovine droppings.

  • Kamal Aron Mitra Chenoy

    Israel is so powerful that the fact that it is extremely unpopular in the UN General Assembly, having the most critical UN resolutions against it in history, has obviously not been taken into account by the newspaper that assessed it. Was its covert nuclear arsenal included in the category of power? Seems like a very subjective analysis of a staunch US ally. Won’t have many takers in the global South.

    • Vittorio

      1. Who cares about what the opinion is in the global South? (When that South can barely feed itself and depends on others’ handouts?)
      2. Actually, sounds good. Germany has the #1 position and look how it is being flooded by migrants, how German women are being assaulted. Or Sweden at #5 – similar problem: don’t bear enough children, already have problems with housing (now will have more), have a ton of migrants moving there – with the inevitable consequence of the Socialist-controlled government already talking about decreasing support for the elderly, who worked all their lives to build Sweden, and the existing welfare recipients, while having to actually borrow money to support the migrants from elsewhere.

      I’d say it’s a blessing in disguise. You know, kind of like Arab states having huge oil and gas deposits has been really a curse in disguise.

    • The fact that the UN decided to issues the majority of its negative statements testifies more about the UN than about Israel.

      Israel is a democratic country with great freedoms. The fact that states like Iran, Sudan, North Korea, China recieve less criticisem is pure politics.

  • Michael Fox

    One can only imagine Israel’s 2016 Best Countries ranking in US News and World Report if not for the presence of global anti-semitism and its commitment to destroy Israel’s economy and delegitimize its existence.

  • Peter

    The state of Israel is indeed powerful. So powerful and yet still the biggest recipient of US aid. Strange huh

    • Robert Davis

      Biggest recipient of US aid? Israel gets no aid except MILITARY help and even that the 3 billions per YEAR it gets is tantamount to nothing because of what the free world receives for it. It would cost the US 3 billion a DAY to keep at bay the arab world and not so efficiently, let alone the US casualties. If that happened ignorant idiots or antisemites would give up the territory immediately and be rewarded with ww3 for it.

    • Linda Golden

      Egypt is the largest recipient of US aid and gives nothing back ever…Israel gets aid but where do you think the cutting technology you take for granted comes from? Who do you think trains the worlds first responders, who shares it medical discoveries? You need to get an education before you make your innuendos …by the way, Israel has paid back many of its loans,Egypt never. You can certainly find outrage facts if you wanted to.

    • Danny Brandt

      Reason for US aid is for Israel being test field for US. all new inventions and technology being used by the US army. nothing comes for free.

    • Harry

      It is not the biggest recipient, even close south korea is, japan, the “Arabian” wahabi Gulf and Germany are higher too.

      Shia Iraq has already received more in military aid than Israel total.

      Also that sick antisemitic argument is old and ugly.

  • It is actually second, after the US. Believe me, Russia and China are no match for Israel. Ask any military expert who understands how China or Russia would have to fight Israel. Do not believe that bigger necessarily means better. Israel is feared by Europe and every Middle Eastern country, which is the reason they are constantly criticizing it. They know that they can ONLY defeat Israel in a war of words.

    • Robert Davis


      • Mother Nature

        Yes. In a war of propaganda that would have made Goebbels proud

    • Arun Bose

      But there won’t be any fight between India and Israel though, Israel is our one true friend along with Russia..

  • Israel’s ranking as the eighth most powerful country is astounding since it was re-established nearly sixty-eight years ago. It proves when a country celebrates life, it excels. And when a people celebrate death, they fail miserably.

    • David

      Also proves that God’s Word and prophecies are true. Israel’s existence remains one of the most powerful and obvious proofs of YHWH staring this wicked and unbelieving world square in the face.

    • Jay

      Alternatively, it proves that when a country is propped up diplomatically, politically, militarily, and economically by the global hegemon for nearly sixty-eight years, it excels.

      Dream on.

      • With definitely more truth you could apply this support to the Palestinians. who have had their own governing body, or India for example, both of whom have enjoyed massive financial and military, etc. support. Where are they? Never forget, Israel started way behind the starting line.In 1948, the only ” support” it received from the USA or UK was their betting how long it would take the 6 Arab armies to wipe it out. Arms and decrepit planes had to be smuggled in , despite the super powers,bought from Czechoslovakia,money raised from the Diaspora. They rose from this to number 8. Obviously there will be envy(sour grapes ).

      • Jack

        Hey baby if being supported by the hegemon roflmao is necessary please explain the ’48 war when Israel defeated the armies of 5 or 6 countries. I’m waiting.

      • Leslie Benjamini

        Jealousy rears its ugly head.

        • Who Cares

          Don’t you have something else in your life that is more important? You seem like a real ass!

      • Laine Frajberg

        Your comment is both stupid and nasty.

    • Biron

      60 years of guilt-mongering and being protected? Oh, come on. Israel live on chaos in the region, just like its opponent, Iran (is it an opponent, or a secret ally?). Once the dust is settled, no Israel, no I.R.Iran.

      • Harry

        Everything you say about the Jews you’ve done and do more and worse.

        • ramin

          bro this is the true list russia.china.usa(included uk austrailia and israel}.germany.japan.iran.brazil.india.and maybe turkey