US News and World Report: ‘Israel has a large presence on the global stage, thanks in part to its close relationship with the US.’
A prestigious US-based magazine said that Israel is the eighth most powerful nation in the world, ahead of international heavyweights such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Canada, and Singapore.
“Israel, the only Jewish nation in the world, is a small country on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. 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,” wrote the US News and World Report’s annual ranking of ‘Best Countries’.
“Israel has a technologically advanced market economy with cut diamonds, high-technology equipment and pharmaceuticals among its major exports. The country is very highly developed in terms of life expectancy, education, per capita income and other human development index indicators.”
Following Israel was Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and South Korea. Topping the list was the United States, Russia, and China.”
According to a Times of Israel report, the survey ranked 80 countries on a range of issues, including power, cultural influence, economy and entrepreneurship, with the categories adding up to an overall “best countries” ranking.
Israel was ranked 30th on the best countries list, the same ranking as last year, with Switzerland and Canada taking the first two slots.
According to a JPost report, the power ranking measures a number of different attributes such as political and economic influence, and the strength of international and military alliances.
In addition to being one of the most powerful countries in the world, Israel – the magazine reported in May – is perceived to be the “most religious in the world.”
On other individual parameters, Israel ranked lower, placing 25th in entrepreneurship, 29th in heritage, 33rd in citizenship, 35th in quality of life, 40th in cultural influence, 64th in openness for business and 70th in adventure.
Advisors of Prime Minister Netanyahu quickly seized on Israel’s relatively high ranking as evidence to the premier’s success. “Israel is in 8th place. An amazing figure. Prime Minister Netanyahu turned Israel into a rising world power,” tweeted his social media advisor Yonatan Urich.
According to the JPost report, Prime Minister Netanyahu, speaking at the Likud faction meeting, said this global presence is also expressed in his close ties with President Trump and other leaders.
Netanyahu noted that Israel is only a fraction of the size of the countries ahead of it on the list of the world’s 10 most powerful nations, which – in descending order – are the US, Russia, China, Germany, the UK, France and Japan.
By: Tzvi Lev