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Israel Ranked World’s Most Militarized Nation

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Israel tops the list of the world’s most militarised nations, according to the latest Global Militarisation Index released Tuesday by the Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC).

At number 34, Israel’s main regional rival, Iran, is far behind. Indeed, every other Near Eastern country, with the exceptions of Yemen (37) and Qatar (43), is more heavily militarised than the Islamic Republic, according to the Index, whose research is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development.

But Israel, which has carried out a 45-year occupation of Palestinian lands and Syrian territory, has topped the list for almost all of the last 20 years. On the latest Index, its score came to 877, 70 points ahead of Singapore, which has been number two for every year this century, except for the three in which Eritrea was number one.

http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/11/israel-ranked-as-worlds-most-militarised-nation/

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Good...when a country becomes heavily militarized, it is already beginning to crumble...They are lucky they have made it this long...

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If you live in a rough part of town and have some crazy neighbors, then you might expect one to carry some protection.

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If you live in a rough part of town and have some crazy neighbors, then you might expect one to carry some protection.

Especially if you are occupying the town you really need a protection I agree.

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If you live in a rough part of town and have some crazy neighbors, then you might expect one to carry some protection.

You failed to mention that they have moved into and are occupying their "crazy neighbours" hood. Stating that Israel is so heavily militarized only because of its crazy neighbours is equivalent to saying that the US is hated by so many because of their love of freedom

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Especially if you are occupying the town you really need a protection I agree.

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And wont grant the occupied complete autonomy and has built nearly 300 illegal settlements on those occupied lands supporting over half a million illegal settlers complete with an apartheid wall and major highways and roads that only the occupiers are allowed to travel UNDER military law. The occupied peoples live under military law not civil law.

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If you live in a rough part of town and have some crazy neighbors, then you might expect one to carry some protection.

So you agree that Iran should have nukes then? lol

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If they want to keep that land they had better be well armed their well hated in that area.

I think its time they all settled their differences and left each other alone. If this tit for tat keeps up between Israel, Palestinians, Hamas, Iran the world will have WWIII weather it wants it or not.

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Iam glad they have all this firepower so they can defend them selfs.

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If they want to keep that land they had better be well armed their well hated in that area.

I think its time they all settled their differences and left each other alone. If this tit for tat keeps up between Israel, Palestinians, Hamas, Iran the world will have WWIII weather it wants it or not.

Israel is the main problem though. But the big players on both sides are blinded by religion and prophecies. :td:

It's unfair on the decent and honest people from the Middle east. Both sides are harming those people. :td:

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Israel is the main problem though. But the big players on both sides are blinded by religion and prophecies. :td:

It's unfair on the decent and honest people from the Middle east. Both sides are harming those people. :td:

We are witnessing the dark side and its not in a galaxy far far away. :td:

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Why should it come as a surprise that Israel is heavily militarised?

It NEEDS to be heavily militarised to protect itself from the medieval Islamic countries which surround it and wish to destroy it.

But Israel, which has carried out a 45-year occupation of Palestinian lands and Syrian territory

No mention from you of the fact that "Palestine" also occupies Syrian territory.

Are you supporters of the "Palestinian" cause either genuinely ignorant as to the history of that area or are you genuinely trying to give people the wrong "facts"?

"Palestine" as even a vague representation of a state only existed for 28 years, between 1920 and 1948 - and it was created by the British and ruled by the British and was known as the British Mandate for Palestine. It was NOT a sovereign state which suddenly found itself occupied by Israel. It was a piece of land created by the British which ended in 1948 when a part of it broke away to become Israel.

And now onto your assertion that Israel is "carrying out an occupation of Syrian territory". I would like to know why you have not mentioned the fact that Israel only occupies a piece of land known as Ottoman Syria, which is nothing to do with modern Syria, and why you have not mentioned that fact that not only does Israel occupy a part of what was once Ottoman Syria but so did the Palestine Mandate for Palestine and so too do Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, the Gaza Strip and even parts of Turkey and Iraq.

But, for some reason, you only single out Israel for "occupying Syrian territory" but not the other nations. What I want to know is: Why?

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Especially if you are occupying the town you really need a protection I agree.

The area of land on which Israel is situated has NEVER belonged to a sovereign nation state known as Palestine so, for the life of me, I don't see why the Israelis should hand over their territory to a group of people who, for some reason, want a Palestinian nation state there when they didn't want a Palestinian nation state before modern Israel was established.

The actual TRUTH of the situation - which the "Palestinians" and their supporters not surprisingly fail to mention - is that, rather than occupying a former nation state of Palestine, Israel actually occupies a piece of land which was part of the British Mandate for Palestine. As its name implies this was not a sovereign state but an area of land which was set up after the British Empire defeated the Ottoman Empire in WWI. The British Mandate for Palestine, in turn, occupied what was once the southern part of Ottoman Syria.

But Palestine, also known as the British Mandate for Palestine, was never a sovereign state. It was carved out of Ottoman Syria by the British in 1920. And, as I've mentioned above, Israel is not the only state occupying what was once Ottoman Syria. So did all the Islamic states which surround it. Between 1920 and 1948 the British Mandate of Palestine was never a sovereign state. It was administered by the British.

The British Mandate for Palestine was divided into two territories which the British ruled separately - Mandatory Palestine and Transjordan. The British mandate for Palestine ended in 1948 and it then formed two nation states - Mandatory Palestine became Israel and Transjordan became Jordan. So not only does Israel occupy what Palestinian supporters believe was once a nation state known as Palestine (when in actual fact it was just an area of land ruled by the British known as the British Mandate for Palestine) but so, too, does Jordan.

Now, either supporters of the "Palestinian" cause are all either ignorant as to these facts or they conveniently choose to ignore it and deliberately portray Israel as the only nation in the Middle East which occupies an area which they refer to as "Palestine" and that it is the only nation in the Middle East which occupies the former Ottoman Syria.

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Why should it come as a surprise that Israel is heavily militarised?

It NEEDS to be heavily militarised to protect itself from the medieval Islamic countries which surround it and wish to destroy it.

What so the way the Israeli military treats civilians (mostly Palestine) isn't medieval?

Also believing in a "prophecy" and supporting that "prophecy" while pushing it onto the world (by causing problems in the middle east) is also not medieval?!

If you say so......

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Israel is the nation th world should be worried about, it could take out most of the Eastern European Countries.

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we kind of caused the problem when we "made" the state of isreal in 1948 <.<. So we are kind of the reason they hate each other :P

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Israel is the nation th world should be worried about, it could take out most of the Eastern European Countries.

I agree that the world should be concerned with what Israel might do if it is pushed into a place where it fears for it's continued existence. Everything else is probably negotiable but not that. And as to Eastern European countries, they have never been threatened by Israel. In fact Israel has never threatened anyone with nukes that wasn't in the act of attacking them.
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What so the way the Israeli military treats civilians (mostly Palestine) isn't medieval?

It is Hamas which is treating civilians in a medieval way, not the Israelis. At this very moment in time Hamas is treating the civilians of the Gaza Strip as one huge human shield.

Also believing in a "prophecy" and supporting that "prophecy" while pushing it onto the world (by causing problems in the middle east) is also not medieval?!

Israel isn't causing problems in the Middle East. It is groups such as Hamas and the medieval anti-Semitic Muslim states around which surround it which are causing the problems. Remember that it was Hamas which started the current situation, not Israel.

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Israel is the nation th world should be worried about, it could take out most of the Eastern European Countries.

Why should the world worry about Israel? Go on Einstein, tell us. I didn't realise Israel was a threat to the world.

My reckoning is that the world should be more worried by the likes of Iran.

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we kind of caused the problem when we "made" the state of isreal in 1948 <.<. So we are kind of the reason they hate each other :P

All the other states around Israel are recent creations which were created by the West. Israel isn't even the only state in that area to occupy what was once the British Mandate of Palestine. So, too, does Jordan. But we never hear the European Left condemning Islamic Jordan for "occupying Palestine." We never hear them condemning the Palestinian Authority and Lebanon for "occupying (Ottoman) Syria". Oh no. It's only the nasty Jews of Israel which are condemned.

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All the other states around Israel are recent creations which were created by the West. Israel isn't even the only state in that area to occupy what was once the British Mandate of Palestine. So, too, does Jordan. But we never hear the European Left condemning Islamic Jordan for "occupying Palestine." We never hear them condemning the Palestinian Authority and Lebanon for "occupying (Ottoman) Syria". Oh no. It's only the nasty Jews of Israel which are condemned.

Isreal are the loose cannons in the Middle East.Since when has state sanctioned Assasination been Legal,film it then release it to media.I am no fan of organisations such as Hamas and Hezbollah but the IDF should be included in the List of Middle Eastern Antagonists.

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Isreal are the loose cannons in the Middle East.

No, they aren't. The violent, bigotted, medieval Islamic thugs surrounding them, who have got it into their heads that only Islamic states should exist in the Middle East and especially not Jewish states (even though the Jews have been in that area far longer than the Muslims) are the loose cannons.

Since when has state sanctioned Assasination been Legal

Have you got any evidence that it's illegal? State sanctioned assassination has been around for centuries and will be around for centuries to come. I see no problem with the Israelis wiping out a nasty individual - an enemy of their country - who wishes to wipe their country off the map. The Israelis should do all they have to do to defend their nation against terrorist thugs.

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The Jewish people created Israel in Palestine after being the victims of Nazi scum. They stand up to people who want to hurt them. It is frightening. Jewish people should remember the horrors committed by Hitler on them and not carry out fascist acts on innocent Arabs?

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No, they aren't. The violent, bigotted, medieval Islamic thugs surrounding them, who have got it into their heads that only Islamic states should exist in the Middle East and especially not Jewish states (even though the Jews have been in that area far longer than the Muslims) are the loose cannons.

Have you got any evidence that it's illegal? State sanctioned assassination has been around for centuries and will be around for centuries to come. I see no problem with the Israelis wiping out a nasty individual - an enemy of their country - who wishes to wipe their country off the map. The Israelis should do all they have to do to defend their nation against terrorist thugs.

http://www.enotes.com/assassination-reference/assassination-178892

The first category of “law enforcement” when applied to state sponsored assassinations is problematic in that a state trying to rely on assassination denies due process to the target-victim. Furthermore, to treat a target as having committed a crime expects standard law enforcement methods to be employed to apprehend the alleged criminal. Elements of due process such as a fair trial encompass notions of fair apprehension. Where assassination occurs, due process is impossible. There is no right of reply, no natural justice. Also, an assassin state’s use of the law enforcement defense has been argued before by the Israel in the context of assassinations and is a weak argument that they soon abandoned.

To rely on law enforcement measures as a legal basis for an assassination means that lethal force can only be used where it is absolutely necessary and otherwise unavoidable. Law enforcement officers must first identify themselves, then warn and attempt to arrest a suspect unless they or others are then placed at risk of death or serious injury. Bypassing such formalities renders an assassination illegal in international law. Furthermore, assassination in peacetime is incompatible with human rights law.

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