Israel's military hegemony in the Middle East has been reduced as its regional rivals' capabilities have risen up the ranking of the top military powers in the world, Global Firepower analysts have reported. Israel has dropped from 11 to 15 while every major country in the Middle East has gone up in the annual table compiled by the website.
The military capabilities of 127 countries were compared, based on 50 factors, including manpower, the size of the country, the diversity and amount of weaponry, geographical position and natural resources. The ratings also took into account whether or not a country is an actual or a suspected nuclear power.
With Israel dropping four places, Iran, Egypt and Turkey went up the table; Iran moved up from 23 to 20, Egypt from 18 to 12 and Turkey remained at number 8. The top four remained the same as last year: the United States (with a $600 billion defence budget), Russia, China and India, while France, Britain and Japan were placed 5, 6 and 7 respectively.