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October 28, 2014 11:37 am

Studies: Israel Air Force World’s Best; Army Top in Middle East (VIDEO)

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IDF Mobile Howitzer on maneuvers. Photo: Dave Bender

IDF Mobile Howitzer on maneuvers. Photo: Dave Bender.

The Israeli Air Force is “the best in the world,” and the Israel Defense Forces are the best ground fighters in the region, according to research by two major military analysts, Business Insider (BI) reported Monday.

According to Patrick Megahan of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Military Edge project, and Chris Harmer, a senior naval analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, the army rankings are “based on a holistic assessment of the militaries’ operational capabilities and hardware,” BI pointed out.

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The rankings, according to BI, do not take into account allies outside of the Middle East, such as the United States, Russia or China.

Defense budgets in all countries of the Middle East are rising, according to a report published by IHS Jane’s Annual Defence Budgets Review at the beginning of the year, which noted that Total global defense spending in 2014 will be USD 1.547 trillion up from USD 1.538 trillion in 2013 – 0.6% increase in real terms.”

IDF Givati Brigade troops on maneuver. Photo: IDF

IDF Givati Brigade troops on maneuver. Photo: IDF

After Israel, Turkey came in at second place, which, according to the two, is based more on its self-production of defense and attack systems, and then Saudi Arabia.

The authors pointed out that the IDF, with a $15 billion defense budget, 176,500 active front-line personnel, 3,870 tanks, and 680 aircraft, has had, since the Jewish State’s creation in 1948, to constantly evaluate a complex matrix of foes, both state and non-state actors, in a highly unstable region.

Israel has successfully fought large conventional armies, like the Egyptian and Syrian militaries in 1967 and 1972, as well as asymmetrical foes, like Palestinian militant groups,” according to the report, which lauded its close ties with the US, as well as a cutting edge local defense industry which give Israel a qualitative edge over other countries on the list.

“Pilot to pilot, airframe to airframe, the Israeli Air Force is the best in the world,” according to Harmer.

Despite rising diplomatic and political friction between the Israeli government and the Obama administration, military ties are reportedly strong, and Israel has agreed to purchase a second F-35 Joint Strike Fighter squadron, in the wake of the latest visit to the US  by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle on the production of 43 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, including the first two to be built for the Israeli Air Force. The deal is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.

This will mark the eighth lot of F-35 aircraft to be produced. Production and delivery of the lot will begin in 2016.

The first of 19 F-35s are due to land in Israel in 2016, and the second group are expected to arrive starting in 2019, pending final fiscal approval.

Watch a compilation reel of the IDF in operation against Hamas in Gaza:

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  • Lara Sruthi
  • The best & nice to know more about army (http://www.8inall.com/2016/05/the-best-top-8-army-in-world.html)

  • KENNETH C WILLIAMS

    2ND TO NONE!!! 🙂

  • fuster

    calling the Israeli air force the best in the world is obviously nonsense as they fly US warplanes… and not the best ones.

    • guy

      The quality of our pilots gives us advantage on the facts US have better jets, belive me no one want to mess with the IAF
      GOD BLESS ISRAEL.

    • friend

      yes they fly us made fighter jets, but every piece of technology in the fighter jets thats the US use is israeli technology. not to mention they use even better technology in their own jets.

      • Yaron Zohar

        The vice president General Dynamics which produces the F16 fighter jets has stated that Israel is responsible for 600 improvements in the plane’s systems, modifications estimated to be worth billions of dollars, which spared dozens of research and development years.

        F-35 helmets are of Israeli design

    • Yaron Zohar

      Israel’s military is the most powerful in the Middle East, while its air force ranks second to none globally, according to a study conducted by military experts for Business Insider.

      The business and technology news website ranked the 15 strongest armies in the region while noting the size of the countries’ respective defense budgets as well as the latest geopolitical tumult and its impact on military strength.

      “A close defense relationship with the US and an energetic domestic defense industry give Israel a qualitative edge over all of the region’s other militaries,” the report stated.

    • Wendy

      Does it bother you?

  • Apusiyine

    Israel is God’s eye and Jerusalem is God’s city. therefore its soldiers are the soldiers of God. Hence their wonderful bravery. Look Israelis do not even celebrate the death of their enemies. That state is forever theirs.

  • Arty Cohn

    The article states: “The rankings, according to BI, do not take into account allies outside of the Middle East, such as the United States, Russia China, or Iran.”
    Since when is Iran not in the Middle East?

    • Yaron Zohar

      Israel’s military is the most powerful in the Middle East, while its air force ranks second to none globally, according to a study conducted by military experts for Business Insider.

      The business and technology news website ranked the 15 strongest armies in the region while noting the size of the countries’ respective defense budgets as well as the latest geopolitical tumult and its impact on military strength.

      “A close defense relationship with the US and an energetic domestic defense industry give Israel a qualitative edge over all of the region’s other militaries,” the report stated.

  • Kris Kristian

    WATCHING THIS VIDEO MAKES ME VERY PROUD OF THE IDF.
    THOSE SOLDIERS ARE HIGHHLY TRAINED.
    THEY ARE BRAVE TO THE Nth DEGREE.

    LOOK AT THEIR AGES.
    THEY ARE BASICALLY JUST RECENTLY OUT OF SCHOOL. 18 AND 19 YEAR OLD TEENAGERS.

    THEY ARE REALLY SERVING IN GOD’S OWN ARMY AGAINST THE WORST KIND OF TERRORISTS. AGAINST ALL EVIL.

    AND HAMAS CLAIMS THAT THEY WON THE WAR. WHAT IDIOTS.
    IF THEY “WON THE WAR” HOW IS IT THAT THE SOLDIERS ON FOOT MANAGED TO GET SO FAR INTO GAZA?

    YET, UNLIKE THE ARABS, THE ISRAELI SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS NEVER DANCED IN THE STREETS, NOR GAVE OUT SWEETS TO CELEBRATE THE DEATHS OF THE ENEMY

    THIS SHOWS THAT THE JEWS ARE THE MOST CIVILIZED ARMY AND PEOPLE ON EARTH,
    THE JEWS/ISRAELIS FACE ISLAMIC TERROR DAILY. THE UN EDUCATED WORLD ACCEPTS EVERY LIE FROM THE ARABS, AND CONDEMN ISRAEL FOR PROTECTING ITSELF FROM ARAB/ISLAMIC TERRORISM

    GOD BLESS THE IDF AND EVERY ISRAELI

    • Noellsq

      The problem with IDF is that they have too much compassion. They need to act like their enemy and get rid of the Political correctness. Destroy them and take no prisoners.

    • Zal Lazkow

      Thank you very much KRIS for your warm words, and thank you for your support and understanding what Israel was facing since 1948 and still facing today.

    • JOEL LIPSITZ

      I LOVE YOU FOR TELLING THE TRUTH

  • I should have mention there has not been such thing like palestenian state and there will not be ever in future Israel is really God created promised land those who have believe in all mighty God and bible as a whole an recognized and respect the integrity of Israel as a whole I am mostly pointing at Christian holding the bible in one hand going to church without knowing what is written in the bible if you people believe in bible you have to believe and respect the integrity of Israel as a unique God created nation apart of political point of view.

  • r johnstone

    THERE IS ONLY 1 JEWISH STATE,SURROUNDED BY HOSTILE ARAB MUSLIM STATES,AND THE INTERNAL ENEMY,THE MILITANT PALESTINIANS.BEING LESS THAN THE BEST ALL-AROUND FIGHTRS IN THE REGION,IF NOT IN THE WORLD ,IS NOT A LUXURY,BUT AN EXISTENTIAL NECESSITY-VIVE L’ETAT JUIF-ISRAEL-ISRAEL,SEMPER PARATUS,SEMPER FIDELIS-ISRAEL,SEMPER

  • In a perverse way this will give Obama more reason to hate Israel and Jews.

  • Fred Chalfin

    They have to be the best, or they don’t exist. Pure and simple. 176,500 front line troop against millions of enemies doesn’t leave room for being #2.

  • doubleblack4

    As long as Americans of Jewish heritage vote for a Muslim or democratic president Israel will be in jeopardy of losing America as an ally.

  • Martin Bookspan

    “When oh when will the U.S. respect Israel’s sovereignty”? When the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is sent into ignominious retirement following his 8-year term of perfidy. (And to my everlasting shame, I voted for him TWICE.)

    • Where is your intelligence?? Shame on you!!!.

    • gambino

      NO SOUP FOR YOU!!

  • citizenstat

    Please try to make sure that every would-be jihadi in every country that opposes “Eretz” be exposed to these videos so that they can see what awaits them! If we can further insinuate that the 72 virgins that await them after ‘martyrdom’ are actually young goats, so much the better. (Heh, heh.)

    • Ronniezuckerman

      Scholars have recently uncovered some grammatical errors in the early interpretation of the Koran verse. The scribe missed an important Stroke. The “ah” syllables should have been written and interpreted as “eh”.
      The verse erroneously reading, “you will receive 72 doe eyed virgins”, actually reads, “you will receive 72 spoiled wide eyed sturgeons.” After just a few days the fish stench will be brutal. But sadly, these sexually repressed, bat-sh*t crazies will find carnal release for eternity. (As the smell intensifies with each passing day.)

  • joel69

    coincido en que el ejercito israeli es el mas y mejor del mundo,asi como su servicio secreto,el mossad,yo soy de nacionalidad cubana y aunque resido en los usa,siempre he admirado al estado judio y creo que el mismo debe contar con todos los medios posibles para defenderse y para lograr un mejor bienestar a sus ciudadanos

    • Bill Channon

      exactamente

  • art frank

    Hope they killed lots of the savages

  • Golum

    From G-d’s Mouth to our ears!!!

  • Sofia B

    The Jewish People were always peace loving, after the slaughter of Six Million During World War II, it was established, NEVER AGAIN!
    The Armed Forces were established to protect the lives of the Holocaust Survivors and the State of Israel.
    I am proud to say, that my Mother sheltered a woman and her 8 year old daughter, who went off to Israel. After the war. Her grandson is an Airforce Pilot – his twin brother is an Officer in the Golani Brigade.
    G-d bless them and their families.
    They have no choice but fight for their lives, and honor the Victims that perished, including the one and a half million innocent children.

    Sofia

  • Saba

    Israel is loosing her qualitative edge because the Obama administration and EU nations want Israel on an equal footing militarily as other Arab nation in the area.This will not stop Israel as a whole.Israel has brain power and her superior technology can off set any and most set backs.Am Israel Chi

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRDZvDJ0_qE

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Israel must maintain a qualitative edge in its military prowess in order to survive in such an unpredictable, volatile environment. Thank G-d the US still helps strategically. It is really extremely deplorable that the US leadership either cannot understand or will not understand the perils Israel faces every single day. When oh when will the US respect Israel’s sovereignty as an integral nation among nations? Recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the Jewish State of Israel would help dramatically. Recognizing Israel’s right to build on its own lmd would also be very beneficial. If and when that day arrives, Israel will be even better able to defend itself not only militarily, but also psychologically.

    • Ray Zimmerman

      The World at large has no Biblical understanding about Israel’s History The Scriptures are filled with an abundance of evidence that Israel’s existance is nothing less than Miraculous

      • The biblical understanding is the biases
        For human sanity and moral understanding lacking this important character bring about insanity, rebellion ,and terrorism that we are experiencing at the present time .

    • Gary Root

      Yoel and to all of Israel, most of us Americans do support Israel and mostChristians do believe that that Holy city is your capital.
      alot of our leaders are blind to what is right and wants you to give up land for peace, but that is not the way to peace.
      we support you and even if no other American supported you, I know that my family and my church would continue to support you. G_D bless you and your people.

      • Zal Lazkow

        THANK YOU Gary!

    • Obama is a muslim, and is doing what he set out to do from the beginning – All you have to do is look for the bottom lin (money or oil), and you will understnand his stance perfectly

      • Ronniezuckerman

        Sorry Miriam. While I disagree with Obama and his foreign policies in the Middle East, and will contribute and vote against his direction there, he is not a Muslim.

        Obama’s wife, Michelle, has a first cousin who is a leading Rabbi in the Chicago area in a “mainstream” Conservative synagogue. He has collaborated with other Orthodox, Reform and even Chabad rabbis in Chicago, is on the Board of many Jewish and pro-Israel groups there, and is a member of a Bet Din. His name is Rabbi Capers Funnye. Google him. Michelle has memories of attending his Sedars as a younger girl. He actually conducts an annual (second night, I think) Sedar in the White House.

        Be strongly opposed to Obama’s policies. But get your facts straight. It compromises your arguement about his misguided policy there. Roosevelt should have bombed the concentration camp murder machine. He did not realize, and could not believe, the depth of Nazi depravity (despite the pleas of Henry Morgenthau.) This did not make him a Nazi or antiSemite.

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