The attack by Hamas in Israel has opened Pandora’s box about the vulnerability in which the military powers are exposed, even those countries that, apparently, have increased military intelligence and that invest the most in defense. For this reason, we examine the most powerful armies in the Middle East that live in constant geopolitical tension and that strengthen the role and weight of their armed forces.
What happened on Saturday became Israel’s “worst defense” since Arab armies fought the war in 1973. An invasion based on a secret, unprecedented plan, which tried to convince the country that Benjamin Netanyahu maintains that Hamas does not want a fight, let alone a war. However, the opposite happened in a devastating attack.
And the truth is that the Israeli intelligence services did not have the “ability to anticipate” the massacre of the Palestinian terrorist group that left more than 1,000 dead on both sides. A devastating scenario, which raises questions about how the plan that caught the entire country and its army, one of the most powerful in the Middle East, by surprise began.
“This is our 9/11,” said Major Nir Dinar, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces. “They caught us. They surprised us quickly from many places, from the air and the land and the sea,” he added.
With this context, we examine two references to the potential of the armies in the Middle East that must face a long history of wars, coups d’état, dictatorships and geopolitical tensions over the years.
In the first reference, we took the updated data from the Global Firepower (GFP) classification with categories from the number of military units and financial situation to logistical capabilities and geography. The report is based on the ranking of 145 countries considered for the annual PFM review.
The 5 most powerful armies in the Middle East in 2023
Among the results for 2023, Pakistan is ranked 7th out of 145 among the countries and the first among the members of the Middle East. The country has a PwrIndx score of 0.1694 (a score of 0.0000 is considered “perfect”; the lower the PweIndx value, the more “powerful” the country’s conventional combat capability, according to the report).
The GFP index places Turkey among the 15 leading powers in the world, and second in the ranking of armies in the Middle East. The country has a PwrIndx score of 0.2016.
Egypt ranks 14th out of 145 countries considered for the annual PFM assessment and ranks third in the Middle East. The country has a PwrIndx score of 0.2224.
By 2023, Iran ranks 17th out of 145 countries surveyed and is the fourth most powerful in the Middle East. The country has a PwrIndx score of 0.2712.
The GFP index places Israel in the top 20 world powers. By 2023, Israel ranks 18th out of 145 countries considered for the annual GFP review and will be the fifth most powerful in the Middle East. The country has a PwrIndx score of 0.2757.
Turkey on the throne and Israel as a “nuclear” power
According to the latest report from The World Order, Turkey is considered the country with the greatest military power in the region. As a member of NATO and an “exceptional” economic asset, the country has strengthened its capabilities. Therefore, it has a modern army and the number, although not excessive, is sufficient.
In this fashion line, Egypt or Iran follows. They are the traditional power of the region and have developed a powerful army. In addition, the fact that they are the most populous countries in the area gives a point in favor of their defense.
Israel, on the other hand, has been in permanent war since it was founded, and the militarization of its society is more apparent with mandatory military service for both sexes. Something that joins the historical support of the United States, also in the military branch, and that allows it to constantly equip itself with the latest weapons, points to The World Order.
The environment also adds a unique and therefore defining factor to the region, such as being “the only country with nuclear weapons.” “Officially the country has never recognized it, but it is well known that Israel developed nuclear weapons decades ago in anticipation of a new Arab invasion. Therefore, Tel Aviv is now using this something to have a deterrent effect on its neighbors,” said the media. .