Israel one of the world’s great nations? The American Interest thinks so, reports the Jewish Week.
The quarterly, neoconservative political journal this week put Israel, for the first time, on its list of “Eight Great” countries. Israel was number eight, behind such predictable choices as the United States, Russia, India and Iran.
“Israel is a rising power with a growing impact on world affairs,” the journal stated. “Three factors are powering Israel’s rise: economic developments, the regional crisis, and diplomatic ingenuity. Israel’s newfound clout on the world stage comes from the rise of industrial sectors and technologies that good Israeli schools, smart Israeli policies and talented Israeli thinkers and entrepreneurs have built up over many years.”