The Jewish state beats European nations in new report.
The U.S. News and World Report presented a study of the 25 most powerful nations in the world, taking into account such factors as political and diplomatic influence, economic success, as well as the military strength of the countries ranked. The study evaluated 80 countries based on responses of 21,000 people, most of them esteemed diplomats, economists, elected officials, scholars, journalists, academicians, and some ordinary people. The 2018 best countries ranking was a partnership with global marketing communications company Y&R’s Brand Strategy Firm, BAV Group, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Its findings placed Israel number eight in the world regarding power. Israel has surpassed European Union (EU) members such as Italy (18 place), Sweden (19), the Netherlands (21) and Spain (23), with all having larger populations.
U.S. News and World Report describe Israel as a technologically advanced market economy with cut diamonds, high-technology equipment, and pharmaceuticals among its major exports. The country is highly developed in terms of life expectancy, education, per capita income, and other human development index indicators. While the culture of Jewish Israelis and the Arab minority have remained relatively separate, the country has been influenced by Jewish immigrants from all over the world, many of whom have gone on to make significant contributions to science, politics, and the arts. Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s current Defense Minister, an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, founded the Russian immigrant party Israel Beitenu. Morris Kahn, immigrated to Israel from South Africa, co-founding the tech firm Amdocs. These are two examples of contributions immigrants have made to the Jewish state. Israel is a member of numerous international organizations, including the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. For its relatively small size, the country has played a significant role in global affairs. The state has a strong economy and landmarks of significance to several religions.
Robert Farley, senior lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, writing for the National Interest (February 8, 2017) pointed out that “The creation of fantastic soldiers, sailors, and airmen doesn’t happen by accident, and doesn’t result simply from enthusiasm and competence of the recruits. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has developed systems of recruitment, training, and retention that allows it to field some of the most competent, capable soldiers in the world. None of the technologies above work unless they have smart, dedicated, well-trained operators to make them function at their fullest potential.”
Farley goes on to say about the Israeli military, “Since 1948, the state of Israel has fielded a frighteningly effective military machine. Built on the foundation of pre-independence militias, supplied with cast-off World War II weapons, the IDF has enjoyed remarkable success in the field. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, both because of its unique needs, and because of international boycotts, Israel began developing its own military technologies, as well as augmenting the best foreign tech. Today, Israel boasts one of the most technologically advanced military stockpiles in the world and one of the world’s most effective workforces.”
Aside from its competent military and robust economy, Israel is increasingly gaining diplomatic recognition and cooperation albeit, not in the United Nations. In recent years, Israel’s strength has been reinforced by formal and non-formal alliances and treaties.
Israel’s alliance with the U.S. is stable and beneficial to both parties, although there is no formal defense treaty between the two nations. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enjoys a special relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump as well as a warm relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was evidenced recently when Putin invited Netanyahu to join him in celebrating the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. Netanyahu was accorded special honors with the Israeli national anthem being played and was seated next to Putin during the parade.
The close friendship between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PM Netanyahu has helped foster a close relationship between Israel and India. Similarly, Israel’s pivot toward Asia has also elevated its relations with Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and Singapore.
To offset the anti-Israel schemes of the European Union (EU), PM Netanyahu has joined with former Warsaw Pact states, now member states of the EU, known as the Visegrad group, consisting of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. These states, together with Israel, oppose open borders and insist on border security and combatting Islamist terrorism. In June 2018 the Visegrad group signed a memorandum of understanding on innovation and cooperation with Israel in Jerusalem.
In November 2017, Netanyahu met in Nairobi, Kenya, with 10 African leaders, including the leaders of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Togo, Botswana, Namibia, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. He told the group of leaders that this was his third trip to Africa in 18 months, and the second visit to Kenya. He added, “We believe in Africa. We love Africa, and I would like very much not only to cooperate on an individual basis with each of your countries…but also with the African Union.”
Israel has also effectively concluded an informal alliance with the moderate Sunni Arab states. This is a strategic alliance intended to block the Islamic Republic of Iran expansionism and its hegemonic drive. Simultaneously Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf States (notably the United Arab Republic and Bahrain), Saudi Arabia and Israel are sharing intelligence on Iran, the Islamic State, and al-Qaeda terrorists. This is an unprecedented informal alliance that might, at some point, lead to a formal peace between Saudi Arabia (the Gulf States would follow) and Israel.
The Jewish state can also count on the strength of over 100 million evangelical Christians who love Israel and have consistently supported its cause. These Christians are spread worldwide with the majority of them being based in the U.S.
An Eastern Mediterranean Alliance between Israel, Greece, and Cyprus has emerged in the last three years. The coming together of these three nations is the result of sharing democratic governments, and the joint desire for stability and progress in a region suffering from endemic Middle Eastern strife, radical Islamism, and the threat of a Turkish fundamentalist and autocratic regime led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Also, the three states seek to promote healthy economic bonds following the discovery of rich hydrocarbon deposits in their respective Exclusive Economic Zones.
Expecting revenue from the newly discovered gas fields on its Mediterranean Sea shores, Israel is planning to establish an endowment fund to provide support to Third World countries. This should garner significant support from countries that hitherto did not vote with Israel at the UN and other international forums.
The power ranking was based according to the U.S. Newssurvey, on an equally weighted average of scores from five country attributes that related to a country’s power: Its leader, economic influence, political influence, strong international alliances, and strong military alliances. Naturally, a battle-tested military is relevant as well. Considering all of the above, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu has been a significant player in the global arena, and Israel’s economic assets, as well as its advanced technology, in particular, have attracted a great deal of attention in Asia and elsewhere.
Finally, its formal and informal alliances negate the famous old self-described aphorism of a “Nation that dwells alone.” Israel is no longer alone in spite of the BDS campaigns against the Jewish state on Western campuses that seek to isolate it and delegitimize it. Israel is strong and getting stronger.
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration — which seeks to criminalize criticism of migration — is nothing more or less than a dangerous effort to weaken national borders, to normalize mass migration, to blur the line between legal and illegal immigration, and to bolster the idea that people claiming to be refugees enjoy a panoply of rights in countries where they have never before set foot.
One thing about the agreement, in any event, is irrefutable: almost nobody in the Western world has been clamoring for this. It is, quite simply, a project of the globalist elites. It is a UN power-grab.
The waterfront in the Chilean city of Valdivia. Photo: Arvid Puschnig via Wikimedia Commons.
Top Jewish groups have welcomed a Chilean government decision made earlier this week to ban municipalities across the country from boycotting Israel.
The ruling — issued by the Comptroller General of Chile – stemmed from a complaint filed by the Chilean Jewish community over a move of the Valdivia municipality to ban the city from signing contracts with Israel-linked companies.
Spurred by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s resignation and the realization that elections will likely be moved to early 2019, the leaders of the Druze community are determined to fight against the Nationality Law.
Leaders from the Druze minority and others take part in a rally to protest the Jewish nation-state law in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Aug. 4, 2018
It certainly seems like Israel is headed toward early elections. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, who resigned Nov. 14, and Education Minister Naftali Bennett were both part of the current right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu, competing over which of them was its most right-wing member
Israel has started uncovering and destroying Hezbollah’s attack tunnels under the Lebanese border, but destroying the group’s ambitious precision missile project will be much more difficult.
The Israel Defense Forces placed a camera into Hezbollah’s secret cross-border attack tunnel before sunrise on Dec. 4. They pushed it into the Lebanese side, under the Blue Line that separates the two countries. At dawn, two Hezbollah operatives reached the spot on their morning rounds. In the video disseminated by the IDF on Tuesday evening, one of the operatives is seen approaching the camera with suspicion. He stuck his nose in its direction and started to sniff around until something exploded in his face and he ran back the way he’d comVisibilitye.
The timing of Operation Northern Shield, to destroy Hezbollah tunnels leading from Lebanon into Israel, suggests that considerations other than security were behind the decision to launch it.
An Israeli commando from Yahalom, an engineering unit, takes part in a tunnel-hunting drill near Tel Aviv, March 7, 2012.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to Likud activists on Dec. 2 that was both defensive and combative toward law enforcement authorities. He complained about the supposedly suspicious timing of the police announcement recommending his indictment for taking bribes in Case 4000, coming as it did one day before Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh concluded his term in office.
This week, for the first time, Israel made public its discovery of the tunnel constructed by Hezbollah and reaching into Israel’s sovereign territory. This brought to an end a long period during which a large number of Israelis living in communities adjacent to the Lebanese border reported hearing sounds of digging as well as feeling tremors in the walls of their homes.
Attack tunnels are intended to allow for significant numbers of armed infantry bearing weapons, artillery and supplies, to traverse them within a minimal time span, avoiding Israeli lookouts and thereby gaining the element of surprise.
Last Saturday, Iran’s “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani called Israel “a cancerous tumor” in a speech at the regime’s annual Islamic Unity Conference.
Rouhani’s fellow speakers included deputy Hezbollah chief Naim Qassem and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh. Both terror bosses called for the destruction of the “cancerous tumor.”
With the predictability of a Swiss clock, the Europeans rushed to condemn Rouhani. The EU in Brussels condemned Rouhani. The German Foreign Ministry condemned Rouhani. And so on and so forth.
We could have done without their statements.
It was clear that with the onset of Operation Northern Shield—meant to neutralize terror tunnels Hezbollah has constructed along the Israel-Lebanon border—some would call it a public relations stunt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Those who believe the timing of the police’s recommendations in Case 4000—announced on the last day of Roni Alsheikh’s tenure as the police commissioner—was reasonable, somehow complain about the timing of the operation.
On Sunday evening, December 2, the people of Sderot, Israel – a town located a mere kilometer from the Gaza border – gathered to light the first candle of the town’s menorah to commemorate the first day of Hanukkah. Jews around the world celebrate this holiday, which marks the time some two millennia ago when the Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Second Temple.
What makes the candle lighting in Sderot worth mentioning is the fact that it is particularly symbolic of how the Jewish spirit looks for ways to turn tragedy into triumph.
This is obviously a short-lived honeymoon that will end the day after the UN General Assembly vote on the anti-Hamas resolution. The morning after the vote, Abbas will wake up to the realization that Hamas was a strange bedfellow indeed.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s hatred of Hamas is far from secret. But Abbas is now defending Hamas because he despises the Trump administration, which has sponsored a UN draft resolution that condemns Hamas. Pictured: Abbas (right) meets with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on May 30, 2007 in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Abu Askar/PPO via Getty Images)