Israel achieved independence in 1948 and was almost immediately forced to defend itself as neighboring Arab states launched a war to destroy the nascent country. The country faced additional threats in the decades that followed, most notably the Six Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973. More recently, Israel has contended with Palestinian intifadas (uprisings), particularly the second intifada of 2000-2005, which was marked by suicide bombing campaigns and other acts of terror. The country has also been involved in recent wars with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israel’s primary strategic concern as of 2013 was Iran’s nuclear program, although military planners have also been forced to deal with rocket threats from Hezbollah and Hamas, and the rise of jihadi groups in Syria and Egypt. Israel, as of 2013, was engaged in diplomatic negotiations with the Palestinian Authority to reach a lasting agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Population
  • Fit for Service
  • GDP
    $240.9 Billion
  • Military EXHD
    5.4% of GDP

After Damascus Blasts, Israel Intercepts ‘Target’ From Syria

Syria’s military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors. Apparently seeking to interrupt weapons transfers to the Hezbollah group in Lebanon, Israel has struck inside Syria with increasing frequency in recent weeks, making the […]

Israel Threatens to Destroy Syrian Air Defenses

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has warned Syria that Israel will destroy its air defense system if Syria fires an anti-aircraft missile at Israeli aircraft again. Speaking on Israel public radio Sunday morning, Liberman said, “The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our airplanes, we will destroy all of them without […]

Israeli Air Force Pilot Killed in F-16 Crash

An Israel Air Force pilot was killed during a crash landing of an F-16I jet fighter jet in southern Israel on Wednesday evening. The aircraft’s navigator ejected from the plane and escaped with only minor injuries. The pilot has been named as Major Ohad Cohen from the Ramon Air Force Base. The jet, which was […]

Category Name

Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 459* (12*)

Aircraft 648* (91*)

Artillery 1,488 (0)

Ground Vehicles 12,131* (611)

Guided Munitions 20,950* (23,200)

Personnel 641,500 (0)

Ships 77* (8)