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Israel's secret weapon

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in response to reader comment: Who could take on Iran ??

Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jan 22, 2015 at 08:08

Hi, Carlos

I imagine you are replying to me. Here is my reckoning of where Iran, Turkey and Israel stand. It is all old data, of course, ultimately from the Internet; but taken together, it presents a decent picture: All the figures are in normalized units, of percent of world total:

GDP/PPP:
Israel 0.31; Iran 1.08; Turkey 1.34

Internet Users:
Israel 0.32; Iran 0.42; Turkey 0.88

Nuclear Weapons:
Israel 0.46 (guess); Iran near-capable; Turkey NATO-shared

Main Ships:
Israel 0; Iran 5.49; Turkey 7.47

Medium Ships:
Israel 0.75; Iran 2.90; Turkey 3.89

Fighter Aircraft:
Israel 2.54; Iran 2.04; Turkey 2.33

Attack Helicopters:
Israel 1.74; Iran 1.01; Turkey 1.30

Military Budget:
Israel 0.90; Iran 0.38; Turkey 1.09

Main Battle Tanks:
Israel 2.00; Iran 3.12; Turkey 4.06

Recent Spacecraft Launches:
Israel 1.07; Iran 4.83; Turkey 0

Gold Reserves:
Israel 0; Iran 0.17; Turkey 2.12

IMF Special Drawing Rights vs. State Fragility:
Israel 0.23; Iran 0.30; Turkey 0.34

UN Clout:
Israel 0.17; Iran 0.17; Turkey 0.39

Area:
Israel 0.06; Iran 1.09; Turkey 0.52

COMPOSITE:
Israel 0.65; Iran 1.43; Turkey 1.61

You were saying? My figures show Israel less than half as strong as either Iran or Turkey. They only win battles and wars, because God is on their side.

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