Israel on high alert as Netanyahu's military falls further behind Iran
Israel’s military dropped a place in the latest Military Strength Ranking index – compiled by Global Firepower – to 17th in the world. This is despite a disproportionately large defence budget of $19.6billion, three times that of Tehran. Iran, meanwhile, has dropped to 14th – but is still more powerful than its regional enemy.
Global Firepower takes over 55 factors into account when deciding a nation’s ranking, including population and arms.
As expected, the US, Russia, China and India take the top four places respectively due to their large populations and military personnel.
The top 15 is made up of countries from all continents, with Britain in eighth place and Egypt in 12th.
Iran’s position at 14th is mainly down to their large numbers of military personnel.
It has 523,000 active troops, compared to Israel’s 170,000.
Tehran also far outmuscles its counterpart in the naval sphere, with 398 assets dwarfing Israel’s 65.
Their air power is very similar, though Netanyahu’s country ranks a lot higher in terms of armoured vehicles, including tanks.
The overall result is likely to be of great concern to the Israeli government, who have recently raised tensions with Tehran.
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Analysis by Express.co.uk suggests that a Middle East ‘Cold War’ may be occurring between the US and Iran, with Israel playing a huge part supporting the former.
Meanwhile, the likes of Hezbollah and Hamas have announced that they will support Iran in a war.
Experts such as Dr Paul Stott have warned that Israel could come under a barrage of attacks from all angles if they enter a conflict with Iran.
He told Express.co.uk: “If you have Israel involved in attacking Iran, or be seen as encouraging an attack on Iran, that would be hard diplomatically for the US on a global scale.
“Anyone who thinks that Iran will just cave in is mistaken.
“You don’t want to go to war with Iran – that would result in disastrous consequences.”
The warnings come as Iran’s navy chief sent out a sharp warning to Netanyahu to stay clear of the Persian Gulf.
Israel had been invited, along with several other nations, to join a US-led flotilla in the Strait of Hormuz to protect commercial shipping.