Rangordningen kommer från 2012 års National Power Index.
Israel beskrivs på följande sätt i indexet:
“Though a small nation in terms of area and population, Israel ranks highly on technological and scientific progress. Israel also wields significant influence in the Middle East region due to its military capacity. Israel also ranks a high fifteen on the UN Development index, reflecting the high quality of life this small but prosperous state has been able to provide to its people.”
Source : National Power Index 2012: Foundation for National Security Research