If Israel unilaterally attacks Iran and Iran responds by declaring war on Israel do USA-Israel accords obligate the USA to declare war on Iran?
The United States is not obligated by any standing treaty between the United States and Israel to intercede in Israel's defense. To date, of the numerous wars that Israel has fought, the United States has only ever provided economic support or gifting weapons. No American Soldier has given his life in an Israeli War. If Iran declared war on Israel, the United States would probably act similarly and may itself declare war on Iran, but this will not be out of any written treaty, but purely based on American regional interests.
The US must do whatever Israel tells it to do.
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Answer . Because Jimmy Carter was good allies with Reza Shah the king of Iran, the hostage was not committed by Iran, just some Iranian revolutionaries including the Muslim leaders. But Reza Shah the king of Iran was against the hostage.
Iran's president will rail about the zionist Israel, claiming that they have no right to exist, and attempt to provoke other countries to respond. If countries do respond, it only helps his cause and helps to highlight it. This cause only serves to further nationalist sentiment, and distract from do…mestic issues. He is all talk and little action. From the links below: " Well, Ahmadinejad is a ceremonial president. He is a little bit more active, has stronger links to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps than his predecessor, Mohammad Khatami, who, by the way -- the previous president of Iran -- has upbraided Ahmadinejad for his comments regarding Holocaust denial. So Ahmadinejad is -- he is not commander-in-chief of the armed forces. He can't order anybody to kill anybody. He can't launch a war. He can't launch missiles. Those powers are vested in the Supreme Jurisprudent, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ahmadinejad can, you know, cut the ribbons and open bridges and things like that. So the American right's fascination with him is entirely misplaced, and it's because he's a quirky character and he has objectionable views, and so it's easy to use him to demonize Iran." JUAN COLE Trita Parsi is author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States . Our guest also, Ervand Abrahamian, Iran expert, Distinguished Professor at Baruch College. I wanted, Professor Abrahamian, to read from Juan Cole's piece, who says, talking about Ahmadinejad, "He has been depicted as a Hitler figure intent on killing Israeli Jews, even though he is not commander in chief of the Iranian armed forces, has never invaded any other country, denies he is an anti-Semite, has never called for any Israeli civilians to be killed, and allows Iran's 20,000 Jews to have representation in Parliament," that Khamenei is the one with the real power. Iran is the country that is in danger. It is not a danger to anyone. (MORE)
No, because if so, Iran wont be reaction less and it means defeat of Israel
It is a question of size vs. weaponry. The Iranian military is much larger than the Israeli military but the Israeli military is more alert and better equipped. However, in a head to head confrontation, Iran would have the upper hand because its technology is advanced enough that it could overwhelm …the much smaller Israeli army. (MORE)
No. Iran has Al-Kutz divisions within Iraqi borders, assists (withmoney and arms) Islamic militant/terrorist organizations likeHezbollah and Hamas, is engaged in a proxy war with Israel usingtargeted assassinations and the like, and supports Bashar al-Assadin Syria. However, Iran is not in a declare…d state of war with anyof these countries. (MORE)
Currently, there is no war between Iran and Israel. There are a number of proxy wars and assassinations which are discussed in the Related Question below.
Answer 1 Easily Israel. Israel defeated three countries in six days. Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria also contributed troops and arms. Just goes to show how the IDF is superior to any country bordering or currently against Israel. This depends on what type of war is …being fought. If an all-out war were fought including nuclear arms, then both would lose. Due to Iraq, Syria and Jordan being between these 2 countries, any war between them would probably drag these 3 countries into the war as well. Size: Iran with the bigger land area would have a slight advantage in terms of being attacked with nuclear arms. Unfortunately, it also means that they have more points along their borders to defend. Israel has less borders so could mass troops more easily, but this also makes them more vulnerable. Allies: Israel currently has the advantage of having allies with superior technology and more active political ambitions. Iran's allies are closer but weaker in power. Technology: Israel again holds the advantage. Including their overall air superiority, their well funded military is at an advantage. Iranian also has some Russian technology. Answer 2 Iran would win because more people and way better weapons and tech. Answer 3 I am far more cautious than Answerers 1 & 2. Iran and Israel have never had a proper military engagement before. It is likely that a war between the two parties would have much more to do with where the war took place (because of homefield advantage) and espionage activities. Iran has strong anti-aircraft missile batteries and a much more sophisticated military than any that Israel has faced. Additionally, a ground assault in Iran would be extremely hostile to Israel especially since they would only be able to arrive through parachuting or amphibious landings. Iran also has a rugged topography and numerous mountain ranges in comparison to the hills and sand dunes that the Israeli land forces are more familiar with. Israel would also present numerous difficulties for Iranian invasions. Israel has a general technological advantage as well as numerous anti-aircraft batteries. Also, any direct invasion of Israel would likely bring in the United States. (MORE)
They have almost nothing in common, except: . All three are located in the Middle East and are among the more powerful nations in that region. . All three have a potent animosity of the other two. . All three are considered the bastions of their particular religions (Sunni Islam, Shiite Islam, …and Judaism, respectively). . All three control Islamic holy sites. The differences are far more vast such as: . Governmental style . Personal Freedoms . Influence of Religion in Politics . Physical Size . Nuclear Capabilities . Economic Structure . Integration or Repression of Minorities . Ecological Diversity . Sanctioning and Protection of the others' holy sites (MORE)
For the moment, Iran does not need to attack Israel. Its proxy armies like the Syrians, Hezbollah, and Hamas (all funded by and/or trained in Iran) are doing a sufficient job attacking and fighting Israel. If Israel or the United States declares open war on Iran, however, Iran will retaliate by atta…cking Israel since its missiles can reach targets in that area. (MORE)
Even the most foolish man on earth know that iran is like a rat before israel and no arab country will defeat israel. Even if arab countries join hands together israel will still go with victory. God promise israel not to fear for he is with them all the time, so fight israel is like fighting god hi…mself (MORE)
NO. And I hope no one ever has to update this. We want their oil. That's why.
Answer 1 ABSOLUTELY!! . Israel has the technology in advanced weapons andhas the training and intelligence to beat Iran in a war. If we havesee and learned from all of Israels past wars that they have alwayscome out on top. All the Iranian president does is MOUTH OFF andthreaten Israel every other …chance he gets. An extreme lunatic likethat needs to be addressed and defended against. I believe thatIsrael SHOULD AND WILL defend themselves and will come out thevictor. Answer 2 I am far more cautious than Answer 1. Iran and Israel have neverhad a proper military engagement before. It is likely that a warbetween the two parties would have much more to do with where thewar took place (because of homefield advantage) and espionageactivities. Iran has strong anti-aircraft missile batteries and a much moresophisticated military than any that Israel has faced.Additionally, a ground assault in Iran would be extremely hostileto Israel especially since they would only be able to arrivethrough parachuting or amphibious landings. Iran also has a ruggedtopography and numerous mountain ranges in comparison to the hillsand sand dunes that the Israeli land forces are more familiar with. Israel would also present numerous difficulties for Iranianinvasions. Israel has a general technological advantage as well asnumerous anti-aircraft batteries. Also, any direct invasion ofIsrael would likely bring in the United States. (MORE)
Because that the koran (their holy book) says that Israel will never rise again and shall never be a nation. and the islamic look and guess what they see?..yes Israel. God's Holy Nation still standing. and the falseness of their religion keeps telling them otherwise.. and in order to "help out… their god" they want to kill or erase them out of the map. ==== Another contributor drops in to comment . . . I've seen this so often before, and I just don't understand it: Why in the world do you put this question in the category ? Why not in categories devoted to Iran, Islam, Holocaust, Middle East, etc. ? When you want to understand somebody's motives, don't you have the best chance of getting an answer if you ask that person ? How would anyone else know ? Especially the people they want to do it TO ? (MORE)
I don't know which war are talking about , but i know that Iran has been under attack by any nations(greek,Rome empire,Europeans,USA(west) Arab, Egypt(south) Russian and north tribes(North) ,Central Asian tribes ,Turks(east)..... so in irans 4000 years history it hasn't passed more than 50 years wit…hout war.......even some time Iran was under attack from two or three direction from different nations.... (MORE)
because Israel takeover Palestinian ( they and all Arabs -including me- think Israel is a terrorist country )
There is no war in Iran, It's just because people don't know that Iran and Iraq is two difrent countries.
A UN nuclear watchdog report suggests Iran could be developing anuclear bomb, apparently confirming long-held suspicions in theWest. Tehran denies the claims, insisting that its atomicintentions are peaceful. Israel (and the U.S.) may be makingpreparations to launch a military strike to destroy Iran…'s nuclearfacilities and set the Islamic nation's nuclear pursuits backyears. The prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, led by its rabidlyanti-Semitic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has denied theHolocaust and called for Israel to be "wiped off the map", isintolerable for the Jewish State. Iran's nuclear programconstitutes an "existential threat" for Israel that, if notmitigated by international diplomacy, Jerusalem may try to stopwith military force similar, but far larger in scope, to the 1981air strike on Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor. (MORE)
Israel has never actually declared war on Palestine. If you are referring to a specific war between Israel and Hamas or the general causes of the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, please ask that question. If this is a general question on the causes of the Israeli-Palestinian… Conflict, please see the Related Question below. (MORE)
Israel's official capital is Jerusalem (some functions in Tel Aviv). Lebanon's capital is Beirut. Iran's capital is Tehran. Saudi Arabia's capital is Riyadh.
No. Israel was not at war or declaring war on anyone in 1980. In 1981, Israel entered the Lebanese Civil War after a barrage of rockets coming from southern Lebanon under PLO control.
No. If Iran were to build 3-5 nuclear weapons they could, although they would undoubtedly be destroyed in the process by Israeli nukes and US nukes. However, there is no evidence that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program and no evidence that Iran hates another state enough to see its 5,000 yea…r old civilization destroyed in the process. In essence, Iran does not currently have the capability, and even if it had the capability the assertion that it would do so is dubious. (except for the incidental fact that its president has stated publicly "the zionist cancer must be wiped off the map" etc.) (MORE)
Iran and Israel are strong . but Israel has the help of Amercia but right now America is very weak . Iran has the help of a lot of places like muslim armys like ben lodens armys and russia if the war did happen amercia would 100% LOSE in the end israel does have boms in the end israel would ha…ve 1 attack on iran then iran would destroy israel.and america would go wild ans soon fall (MORE)
Israel: As Israel has no oil fields, a lot of Israeli foreign policy (after trying to settle the Arab problems) is to find a reputable source of energy. This energy policy led to a strong alliance with Iran from 1948-1979 during which Israel purchased numerous millions of barrels of Iranian oil. Un…der Israeli occupation in from 1967-1982 the Sinai Peninsula was host to numerous Israeli-started operations to drill oil from the area. The Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel requires Egypt to sell oil to Israel at a low rate and to keep it flowing almost continuously. In the recent tumult in Egypt, the Egyptian government has not been careful about adhering to these regulations. Israel is now experimenting with deep-sea oil drilling in the Mediterranean close to Lebanon in the hopes of finding new petroleum to keep its economy functioning. Saudi Arabia: Oil is the only reason Saudi Arabia has an economy at all. The Saudi family, although relatively wealthy when they conquered Hejaz, had little wealth as compared to contemporaneous European countries. The discovery of nearly inexhaustible oil wealth in Saudi Arabia allowed the Saudi Monarchy to consolidate power and engage in a virtuous cycle of bringing new technologies to Saudi Arabia to acquire more oil to increase the government to bring new technologies into the county and so forth. Since the oil wealth funds most of Saudi Arabia's government, little respect is paid to the Saudi citizens since the government need not depend on them for its survival. This has made Saudi Arabia a very authoritarian state. Iran: Unlike Saudi Arabia, Iran has an economy outside of oil production, however, the current regime in Iran is attempting to squash all political dissent and is using the oil money it has to undergird its policies and pay its soldiers. It is also destroying nascent industry in the country which could compete with these revenues. In the past Iranian oil was one of the major reasons why the British urged America to lead a coup d'Ã©tat against President Mossadegh in 1953 (which restored the Anglophilic Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi to power) and was one of the main reasons that Iraq attempted to reclaim the Shatt Al-Arab and Iranian Khuzestan (an area with significant oil fields) in the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-1988. (MORE)
Iran has charismatic leader like, Ahmadinedja. He has anti-western polIcy and called Israel, United States as his enemy. Today he has ambition to create nuclear weapon. So with his spirit and policy, it will make Hezbollah in Libanon jyhad more against Israel and western. For Israel people, it b…ecames a "threat" for their national security, so all of them keep wathing Ahmadinedja's policy. (MORE)
If Iran did not use Nuclear weapon's then Israel would definitely win, it is the military power within the middle east, and has won all the Arab-Israeli wars so far. And Israel has the support of the EU and the United States.
Answer 1 This policy of support for the State of Israel goes back to theTruman Adminstration. Iran lost U.S. support in the CarterAdminstration. The Obama Adminsitration has been rethinking theserelationships and is working to reverse both of these decisions ofprevious adminstrations. Answer 2 T…he question assumes that it is an either/or situation. In manypolitical conflicts in the world, the US maintains supportive andpositive relations with both parties. Some examples include:Pakistan/India, Indonesia/East Timor, China/Taiwan, Russia/Georgia,Armenia/Azerbaijan, Turkey/Cyprus, etc. The US relationship withIsrael and the US relationship with Iran are based on fundamentallydifferent factors. Israel and the United States started on friendly terms with theUnited States approving the 1947 Partition Plan. However, until theSix-Day War of 1967, the United States did not see Israel as acountry that would exist in the long-term because of Arabbelligerence against the State. After Israel's stunning victory inthat war, the United States became Israel's primary Western Allyand began to trade technologies, both civilian and military, withIsrael. Israel has cooperated with the United States on diplomaticissues, military and intelligence exchanges, large amounts oftrade, and significant technological investment. In addition therea numerous Americans who support the State of Israel because ofreligious convictions on top of the already-listed reasons. TheUnited States government, therefore takes a pro-Israel stance ininternational politics and is often seen as Israel's backer. As aresult, the United States opinion on the conflict is often harsheron Palestinian Terrorism than the Israeli Occupation. Iran and the United States were close allies through much of theCold War and the Shah of Iran took a decidedly pro-Westernpolitical view. In 1951, the Shah of Iran was ousted, leading tothe United States CIA collaborating with the British to reinstallthe Shah in 1953 called Operation Ajax. From 1953-1979, the Shah ofIran maintained strong military alliances with pro-Westerncountries, including Israel. In 1979, the Islamic Republic of Iranwas declared and the Shah fled once more. He eventually ended up inNew York in November of 1979 for medical surgery. The IslamicRepublic demanded that the US render the Shah to them for a trial(and likely torture). The US refusal to do so met with Iraniananger that manifested in the attack on the US Embassy in Tehran.This invasion of the US diplomatic rights in Tehran led to the USending relations with Iran, under President Carter. Additionally, Answer 1 is incorrect concerning US Support forIsrael. It only goes back to the Johnson Administration (1967).Prior to that US-Israel relations were cordial, but not openlysupportive. (MORE)
-- Western Israel is bordered by Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. -- No part of Iran borders any part of Israel.
There are no wars being fought in Iran currently. The US is involved in Afghanistan and drawing out of Iraq.
Answer 1 It is the policy of double standards adopted by the West. They want Israel to be the only dominating power in the Middle East. US always supports Israel in UN by veto and UN can not have any limitation for Israel. Answer 2 Iran is a country that has made clearly bellicose statemen…ts about how it would like to remake the Middle East. It has endorsed Hezbollah's violent attacks on the Lebanese Government, stalled progress in Syria by arming the vile Bashar al-Assad, threatened the Gulf Countries with violence, claimed a mandate to overthrow Bahrain's monarchy and liberate the Shiites of Bahrain and east Saudi Arabia, it has sent the Al-Kutz forces into Iraq to further inflame religious and ethnic tensions in Iraq, systematically and violently attacked the Balochi minority in the southwest and the Kurdish minority in the northeast, prevented the expression of Sunni Islam in its borders and violently attacked Sunnis gathering to pray - never mind the Baha'i, Yarsan, and Jewish minorities, repressed its own citizens in the Green Revolution of 2009 through violence and intimidation, and last but not least, has made clear that it wishes to remove Israel from the map. Israel has done nothing even remotely similar. While the Occupation of Palestinian Territories is definitely problematic, it is not a crime or a threat on the order of magnitude of the Iranian crimes. The West is quite reasonably afraid of a country like Iran acquiring nuclear missiles. This is the same reason why Western countries are opposed to North Korea having nuclear missiles. (MORE)
I'd really love to be able to answer your question, but Bibi has not contacted me lately. He doesn't write, he doesn't call, I'm telling you, it's hard. What's a person supposed to do ? It's not for myself, but we used to talk, and I thought it meant something now that Morris is gone.
It is roughly 600 miles or 970 kilometers between Israel and Iranat their closest, but 970 miles or 1,5961 kilometers betweenJerusalem and Teheran.
Well, in fact all of its neighbours have been at war with Israel since it was formed in 1947, but in the 1948 war specifically it was Palestine who was most eager to go to war, but other Arab nations were joint in the war effort, including Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
Iran was one of many nations in the region that contributed resources during the so-called "War of Independence" in 1948, but there has never been a direct war between Israel and I ran.
Our Department of Clairvoyance is closed for the evening, andwithout them, I can't even tell when they'll be open again. But personally, it seems to me that Israel can't afford to allowthat to happen.
Iran has threatened to wipe Israel from the map. Israel hasdeclared its intention to defend itself and its people. Mostcontemplated Israeli military strikes on Iran are air strikes. Whenconsidering the Iranian topography and the fact that Israel has noally bordering Iran except Azerbaijan, a land in…vasion iseffectively impossible. (MORE)
This stuff has been around long before us and likely will be therelong after. A middle east moderate is someone who only carries agrudge for six generations. Additionally, most of the movement in gas prices in the last decadewas much more highly correlated with the US War in Iraq than any ofIsrael'…s political wrangling. (MORE)
Answer 1 They are not yet at open war. The fighting takes two forms: 1...Iran is an aggressive and dangerous regional power, aiming its force at many states, including Israel. They are developing atomic weapons with the declared aim of 'wiping Israel from the page of history.' This is the proxim…ate and sufficient cause of conflict. 2...Israel is responding (almost certainly with the assistance of the Iranian opposition) by sabotaging the production of fissile material and by killing the scientists directing the work. The reason for Iran's aggressive stance is expressible in one word: religion. For centuries, Muslims have hated Jews and oppressed and exploited them almost as often as they could get away with it. Iran is a theocratic Islamic state. Hatred of and aggression against a Jewish state follows as night follows day. Answer 2 Iran and Israel are the two major regional powers in the Middle East, however, Israel has consistently maintained the top position. This has resulted in Iran wishing to take hegemony away from Israel and become the dominant power in the Middle East. To this end, Iran has supported the Syrian Alawite Government (Bashar Al-Assad), the Terrorist/Paramilitary Organization of Hezbollah, the Terrorist/Paramilitary Organization of Hamas, and several other groups intending to weaken Israel and its position. Iran has consistently stated that it believes that Israel is a cancer and must be wiped off the face of the map (even though they make it clear that "they will not do the wiping"). Using these secondary forces to oppose Israel makes it appear like Iran is a peaceful country since Iran did not declare war on Israel, Hezbollah did or Hamas did. It gives Iran an odd deniability. Israel has responded by killing Iranian nuclear scientists and consistently derailing Iran's nuclear program. Israel has focused its energy in defending its borders and trying to contain retaliation to its source, not the proxies. However, Israel went to war with Hezbollah in 2006 as retaliation for the kidnapping of Israeli border soldiers. (MORE)
Iran is not at war with Israel, but on many occasions, hasannounced its intention to be, sooner or later.
The US and Israel are parties to mutual defense treaties, whichpresumably would be honored by both of them in case one or the other were indanger. You asked "should", so I'll add my opinion that it would definitelybe the right thing to do.
Your grammar is atrocious. Israel has nuclear weapons because they were given them by the US, UK, and France, to counter the Soviet armed Arab nations, and as part if our nuclear deterint. Israel later built their own (illegally), as well as intermediate range missiles based of American designs. … Iran is too unstable at the moment to be trusted with nuclear weapons. Its theocratic government, and showboating though effective president, have vowed to use their weapons to attack Israel; which would start a global nuclear war. Actually, neither government should have nuclear weapons; they're not trustworthy, and just might be crazy enough to use them. The best course of action would be global nuclear disarmerment, with only a small arsenal in the possession on the United Nations for use in planetary defense. (MORE)
Israel (Military) Israel has the highest ratio of defense spending to GDP and as a percentage of the budget of all developed countries. The Israel Defense Forces is the sole military wing of the Israeli security forces, and is headed by its Chief of General Staff, the Ramatkal, subordinate to th…e Minister of Defense. The IDF consist of the army, air force and navy. It was founded during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War by consolidating paramilitary organizations-chiefly the Haganah-that preceded the establishment of the state. The IDF also draws upon the resources of the Military Intelligence Directorate (Aman), which works with the Mossad and Shabak. The Israel Defense Forces have been involved in several major wars and border conflicts in its short history, making it one of the most battle-trained armed forces in the world. Most Israelis are drafted into the military at the age of 18. Men serve three years and women two to three years. Following mandatory service, Israeli men join the reserve forces and usually do up to several weeks of reserve duty every year until their forties. Most women are exempt from reserve duty. Arab citizens of Israel (except the Druze) and those engaged in full-time religious studies are exempt from military service, although the exemption of yeshiva students has been a source of contention in Israeli society for many years. An alternative for those who receive exemptions on various grounds is Sherut Leumi, or national service, which involves a program of service in hospitals, schools and other social welfare frameworks. As a result of its conscription program, the IDF maintains approximately 176,500 active troops and an additional 445,000 reservists. The nation's military relies heavily on high-tech weapons systems designed and manufactured in Israel as well as some foreign imports. Since 1967, the United States has been a particularly notable foreign contributor of military aid to Israel: the US is expected to provide the country with $3.15 billion per year from 2013-2018. The Arrow missile is one of the world's few operational anti-ballistic missile systems. Since the Yom Kippur War, Israel has developed a network of reconnaissance satellites. The success of the Ofeq program has made Israel one of seven countries capable of launching such satellites. Since its establishment, Israel has spent a significant portion of its gross domestic product on defense. In 1984, for example, the country spent 24% of its GDP on defense. Today, that figure has dropped to 7.3%. Israel is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons as well as chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction. Israel has not signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity toward its nuclear capabilities. Since the Gulf War in 1991, when Israel was attacked by Iraqi Scud missiles, all homes in Israel are required to have a reinforced security room impermeable to chemical and biological substances. The IDF has also been deployed on humanitarian missions, usually involving rescue workers and medical personnel, along with relief workers and body identifiers from ZAKA and the Israel Police. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, a rescue team was dispatched to Haiti, which consisted of 40 doctors, 20 nurses and rescue workers, and two rescue planes loaded with medical equipment and a field hospital with X-ray equipment, intensive care units, and operating rooms. Other recent recipients of aid include Japan (a medical team after the 2011 tsunami), Congo 2008, Sri Lanka 2005 (tsunami), India and El Salvador 2001 (earthquakes), Ethiopia 2000, Turkey 1998 (earthquake), Kosovo 1999 (refugees) and Rwanda 1994 (refugees). Israel is consistently rated very low in the Global Peace Index, ranking 145th out of 153 nations for peacefulness in 2011. Israel (Economy) Israel is considered one of the most advanced countries in Southwest Asia in economic and industrial development. In 2010, it joined the OECD. The country is ranked 3rd in the region on the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Index as well as in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report. It has the second-largest number of startup companies in the world (after the United States)and the largest number of NASDAQ-listed companies outside North America. In 2010, Israel ranked 17th among of the world's most economically developed nations, according to IMD's World Competitiveness Yearbook. The Israeli economy was ranked first as the world's most durable economy in the face of crises, and was also ranked first in the rate of research and development center investments. The Bank of Israel was ranked first among central banks for its efficient functioning, up from the 8th place in 2009. Israel was also ranked as the worldwide leader in its supply of skilled manpower. The Bank of Israel holds $78 billion of foreign-exchange reserves. Despite limited natural resources, intensive development of the agricultural and industrial sectors over the past decades has made Israel largely self-sufficient in food production, apart from grains and beef. Other major imports to Israel, totaling $47.8 billion in 2006, include fossil fuels, raw materials, and military equipment. Leading exports include electronics, software, computerized systems, communications technology, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, fruits, chemicals, military technology, and cut diamonds; in 2006, Israeli exports reached $42.86 billion, and by 2010 they had reached $80.5 billion a year. Israel is a leading country in the development of solar energy. Israel is a global leader in water conservation and geothermal energy,[ and its development of cutting-edge technologies in software, communications and the life sciences have evoked comparisons with Silicon Valley. According to the OECD, Israel is also ranked 1st in the world in expenditure on Research and Development (R&D) as a percentage of GDP. Intel and Microsoft built their first overseas research and development centers in Israel, and other high-tech multi-national corporations, such as IBM, Cisco Systems, and Motorola, have opened facilities in the country. In July 2007, U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought an Israeli company Iscar, its first non-U.S. acquisition, for $4 billion. Since the 1970s, Israel has received military aid from the United States, as well as economic assistance in the form of loan guarantees, which now account for roughly half of Israel's external debt. Israel has one of the lowest external debts in the developed world, and is a net lender in terms of net external debt (the total value of assets vs. liabilities in debt instruments owed abroad), which as of 2011 stood at a surplus of US$58.7 billion. Days of working time in Israel are Sunday through Thursday (for 5 a days 'week'), or Friday (for 6 a days 'week'). In observance of Shabbat, in places where Friday is a work day and the majority of population is Jewish, Friday is a "short day", usually lasting till 14:00 in the winter, or 16:00 in the summer. Several proposals have been raised to adjust the work week with the majority of the world, and make Sunday a non-working day, while extending working time of other days, and/or replacing Friday with Sunday as a work day . Israel ( Science and Technology) Israel's eight public universities are subsidized by the state. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel's oldest university, houses the Jewish National and University Library, the world's largest repository of books on Jewish subjects. The Hebrew University is consistently ranked among world's 100 top universities by the prestigious ARWU academic ranking. Other major universities in the country include the Technion, the Weizmann Institute of Science, Tel Aviv University (TAU), Bar-Ilan University, the University of Haifa, The Open University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Israel's seven research universities (excluding the Open University) are consistently ranked among top 500 in the world. Israel has produced six Nobel Prize-winning scientists since 2002 and publishes among the most scientific papers per capita of any country in the world. Israel has embraced solar energy, its engineers are on the cutting edge of solar energy technology and its solar companies work on projects around the world. Over 90% of Israeli homes use solar energy for hot water, the highest per capita in the world. According to government figures, the country saves 8% of its electricity consumption per year because of its solar energy use in heating. The high annual incident solar irradiance at its geographic latitude creates ideal conditions for what is an internationally renowned solar research and development industry in the Negev Desert. A horizontal parabolic dish, with a triangular structure on its top. Around it is a flat sandy area, with desert in the background. It's a sunny day, with a few white clouds in the blue skies. The world's largest solar parabolic dish at the Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Center. Israel's most recent Nobel laureate: Dan Shechtman won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Israel is one of the world's technological leaders in water technology. In 2011, its water technology industry was worth around $2 billion a year with annual exports of products and services in the tens of millions of dollars. The ongoing shortage of water in the country has spurred innovation in water conservation techniques, and a substantial agricultural modernisation, drip irrigation, was invented in Israel. Israel is also at the technological forefront of desalination and water recycling. The Ashkelon seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant, the largest in the world, was voted 'Desalination Plant of the Year' in the Global Water Awards in 2006. Israel hosts an annual Water Technology Exhibition and Conference (WaTec) that attracts thousands of people from across the world. By the end of 2013, 85 percent of the country's water consumption will be from reverse osmosis. As a result of innovations in reverse osmosis technology, Israel is set to become a net exporter of water in the coming years. Israel has led the world in stem-cell research papers per capita since 2000. In addition, Israeli universities are among 100 top world universities in mathematics (Hebrew University, TAU and Technion), physics (TAU, Hebrew University and Weizmann Institute of Science), chemistry (Technion and Weizmann Institute of Science), computer science (Weizmann Institute of Science, Technion, Hebrew University, TAU and BIU) and economics (Hebrew University and TAU). Israel has a modern electric car infrastructure involving a countrywide network of recharging stations to facilitate the charging and exchange of car batteries. It is thought that this will lower Israel's oil dependency and lower the fuel costs of hundreds of Israel's motorists that use cars powered only by electric batteries. The Israeli model is being studied by several countries and being implemented in Denmark and Australia. In 2009 Israel was ranked 2nd among 20 top countries in space sciences by Thomson Reuters agency. Since 1988 Israel Aerospace Industries have indigenously designed and built at least 13 commercial, research and spy satellites. Most were launched to orbit from Israeli air force base "Palmachim" by the Shavit space launch vehicle. Some of Israel's satellites are ranked among the world's most advanced space systems. In 2003, Ilan Ramon became Israel's first astronaut, serving as payload specialist of STS-107, the fatal mission of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Iran (Military) Iran's foreign relations are based on two strategic principles: eliminating outside influences in the region and pursuing extensive diplomatic contacts with developing and non-aligned countries. Iran maintains diplomatic relations with almost every member of the United Nations, except for Israel, which Iran does not recognize, and the United States since the Iranian Revolution. Since 2005, Iran's nuclear program has become the subject of contention with the Western world due to suspicions that Iran could divert the civilian nuclear technology to a weapons program. This has led the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against Iran on select companies linked to this program, thus furthering its economic isolation on the international scene. The US Director of National Intelligence said in February 2009 that Iran would not realistically be able to a get a nuclear weapon until 2013, if it chose to develop one. One of Iran's three SSK Kilo class submarines The Islamic Republic of Iran has two types of armed forces: the regular forces Islamic Republic of Iran Army, Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, Islamic Republic of Iran Navy and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), totaling about 545,000 active troops. Iran also has around 350,000 Reserve Force totaling around 900,000 trained troops. Iran has a paramilitary, volunteer militia force within the IRGC, called the Basij, which includes about 90,000 full-time, active-duty uniformed members. Up to 11 million men and women are members of the Basij who could potentially be called up for service; GlobalSecurity.org estimates Iran could mobilize "up to one million men". This would be among the largest troop mobilizations in the world. In 2007, Iran's military spending represented 2.6% of the GDP or $102 per capita, the lowest figure of the Persian Gulf nations. Iran's military doctrine is based on deterrence. Since the Iranian Revolution, to overcome foreign embargo, Iran has developed its own military industry, produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, guided missiles, submarines, military vessels, guided missile destroyer, radar systems, helicopters and fighter planes. In recent years, official announcements have highlighted the development of weapons such as the Hoot, Kowsar, Zelzal, Fateh-110, Shahab-3 and Sajjil missiles, and a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The Fajr-3 (MIRV) is currently Iran's most advanced ballistic missile, it is a liquid fuel missile with an undisclosed range which was developed and produced domestically. Iran has allowed the Taliban to open an office, in late May 2012, in the eastern Iranian city of Zahedan to coordinate with the Taliban against the US, which is seen as a bigger enemy by both. Iran ( Science and Technology) Ancient Iranians built Qanats and Yakhchal to provide and keep water. The first windmill appeared in Iran in the 9th century. Iranians contributed significantly to the current understanding of astronomy, natural science, medicine, mathematics, and philosophy. Khwarizmi is widely hailed as the father of algebra. Ethanol (alcohol) was first identified by Persian alchemists such as Muhammad ibn ZakarÄ«ya RÄzi. Throughout the Middle Ages, the philosophy and mathematics of the Ancient Greeks and Persians were furthered and preserved within Persia. The Academy of Gundishapur was a renowned centre of learning in the city of Gundeshapur during late antiquity and was the most important medical centre of the ancient world during the 6th and 7th centuries. During this period, Persia became a centre for the manufacture of scientific instruments, retaining its reputation for quality well into the 19th century. Iran strives to revive the golden age of Persian science. The country has increased its publication output nearly tenfold from 1996 through 2004, and has been ranked first in terms of output growth rate followed by China. Despite the limitations in funds, facilities, and international collaborations, Iranian scientists remain highly productive in several experimental fields, such as pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, organic chemistry, and polymer chemistry. Iranian scientists are also helping construct the Compact Muon Solenoid, a detector for CERN's Large Hadron Collider. In 2009, a SUSE Linux-based HPC system made by the Aerospace Research Institute of Iran (ARI) was launched with 32 cores and now runs 96 cores. Its performance was pegged at 192 GFLOPS. Sorena 2 Robot, which was designed by engineers at University of Tehran, was unveiled in 2010. the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has placed the name of Surena among the five prominent robots of the world after analyzing its performance. In the biomedical sciences, Iran's Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics is a UNESCO chair in biology. In late 2006, Iranian scientists successfully cloned a sheep by somatic cell nuclear transfer, at the Rouyan research centre in Tehran. According to a study by David Morrison and Ali Khademhosseini (Harvard-MIT and Cambridge), stem cell research in Iran is amongst the top 10 in the world. Iran ranks 15th in the world in nanotechnologies. Omid satellite. Iran is the 9th country to put a domestically built satellite into orbit. The Iranian nuclear program was launched in the 1950s. Iran is the 7th country in production of uranium hexafluoride and controls the entire cycle for producing nuclear fuel. Iran's current facilities includes several research reactors, a uranium mine, an almost complete commercial nuclear reactor, and uranium processing facilities that include a uranium enrichment plant. Recently, head of the British top spy agency MI6 forecast that Iran will achieve nuclear weapon capability in two years. The Iranian Space Agency launched its first reconnaissance satellite named Sina-1 in 2006, and a space rocket in 2007, which aimed at improving science and research for university students. Iran placed its domestically built satellite, Omid into orbit on the 30th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, on 2 February 2009, through Safir rocket, becoming the ninth country in the world capable of both producing a satellite and sending it into space from a domestically made launcher. Iranian scientists outside Iran have also made some major contributions to science. In 1960, Ali Javan co-invented the first gas laser and fuzzy set theory was introduced by Lotfi Zadeh. Iranian cardiologist, Tofy Mussivand invented and developed the first artificial cardiac pump, the precursor of the artificial heart. Furthering research and treatment of diabetes, HbA1c was discovered by Samuel Rahbar. Iranian physics is especially strong in string theory, with many papers being published in Iran. Iranian-American string theorist Cumrun Vafa proposed the Vafa-Witten theorem together with Edward Witten. Iran (Economy) The economy of Iran is the twenty-fifth largest in the world by GDP (nominal) and the eighteenth largest economy in the world by purchasing power parity (PPP). Iran's economy is a mixture of central planning, state ownership of oil and other large enterprises, village agriculture, and small-scale private trading and service ventures. Its economic infrastructure has been improving steadily over the past two decades but continues to be affected by inflation and unemployment. In the early 21st century the service sector contributed the largest percentage of the GDP, followed by industry (mining and manufacturing) and agriculture. In 2006, about 45% of the government's budget came from oil and natural gas revenues, and 31% came from taxes and fees. Government spending contributed to an average annual inflation rate of 14% in the period 2000-2004. As at 2007, Iran had earned $70 billion in foreign exchange reserves mostly (80%) from crude oil exports. In 2009 GDP was $336 billion ($876 billion at PPP), or $12,900 at PPP per capita. In 2008, Iran's official annual growth rate was 6%. Because of these figures and the country's diversified but small industrial base, the United Nations classifies Iran's economy as semi-developed (1998). Iran's automobile production crossed the 1 million mark in 2005. Iran Khodro is the largest car manufacturer in the Middle-East. It has established joint-ventures with foreign partners from 4 continents. About 1,659,000 foreign tourists visited Iran in 2004; most came from Asian countries, including the republics of Central Asia, while a small share came from the countries of the European Union and North America. Iran currently ranks 89th in tourist income, but is rated among the "10 most touristic countries" in the world in terms of its history. Weak advertising, unstable regional conditions, a poor public image in some parts of the world, and absence of efficient planning schemes in the tourism sector have all hindered the growth of tourism. The administration continues to follow the market reform plans of the previous one and indicated that it will diversify Iran's oil-reliant economy. Iran has also developed a biotechnology, nanotechnology, and pharmaceuticals industry. The strong oil market since 1996 helped ease financial pressures on Iran and allowed for Tehran's timely debt service payments. Iranian budget deficits have been a chronic problem, mostly due to large-scale state subsidies, that include foodstuffs and especially gasoline, totaling more than $84 billion in 2008 for the energy sector alone. In 2010, the economic reform plan was approved by parliament to cut subsidies gradually and replace them with targeted social assistance. The objective is to move towards free market prices in a 5-year period and increase productivity and social justice. Over the past 15 years, the authorities have placed an emphasis on the local production of domestic-consumption oriented goods such as home appliances, cars, agricultural products, pharmaceutical, etc. Today, Iran possesses a good manufacturing industry, despite restrictions imposed by foreign countries. However, nationalized industries such as the bonyads have often been managed badly, making them ineffective and uncompetitive with years. Currently, the government is trying to privatize these industries, and, despite successes, there are still several problems to be overcome, such as the lagging corruption in the public sector and lack of competitiveness. Iran ranks 69th out of 139 in Global Competitiveness Report. Iran has leading manufacturing industries in the fields of car-manufacture and transportation, construction materials, home appliances, food and agricultural goods, armaments, pharmaceuticals, information technology, power and petrochemicals in the Middle East. (MORE)
Answer 1 Iran's president has repeatedly and publicly stated Iran's desire and intention to eliminate Israel. Israel is virtually the only country that suspects that he means what he says. In other words, Iran and Israel disagree mainly on the concept of Israel's continued existence. Answer 2 … It is worth noting that Israel has no historical hatred of the Iranian people or their culture. Numerous Israeli ministers are of Persian origin such as Moshe Katsav and Shaul Mofaz. Additionally, Israel had very warm relations with the Imperial State of Iran (Iran under the Shah). The animosity in their current relations is due primarily to the Iranian leadership not willing to begrudge former allies of the Shah a place in the world. (MORE)
Highly unlikely. The situation between Israel and Iran is significantly more volatile than the situation between Scotland and England. This is especially unlike since Scotland will likely break away from the UK peacefully, and this might happen as soon as next year if the country votes for it.
Iran and Israel are both completely within the eastern and northern Hemispheres. This could be common ground for initiating diplomatic relations and negotiations !
No. Iran and Israel should be countries that are at peace with oneanother, as they were prior to 1979. Additionally, no countryshould use nuclear weapons in combat; they are horrible devices. ===== Answer #2: I think the questioner used the word "Should" as a form of "If",asking whether a nuc…lear attack on Israel would have adverse effects on the Palestinianterritories too. It seems to me that it's a certainty, upon which one could safely wager. Nuclear explosions are incredibly dirty. The fireball itself is asource of intense radiation, and every particle of sand or soil that the explosion kicks upbecomes radioactive, and spreads radiation wherever the wind takes it. Observers of thefirst successful atomic bomb test in New Mexico in 1945 were in a safe bunker almost 6miles from the explosion, and even some of THEM contracted radiation sickness. The longest possible straight line inside Israel is barely 260miles long, and there are places where the country is only 9 miles wide. Wherever in the country anuclear device were to be detonated doesn't much matter. If the wind blows in one direction,death rains on the West Bank and Jordan, and if it blows in the other direction, Gaza becomes aPalestinian graveyard. (MORE)
The Israeli people and Iranian people are actually rather similar. They both are very cultured with a "European" disposition. They like to read and write, have on-average a high degree of commerce and education, and a strong feeling of a national historic narrative. The governments and social org…anization of Israel and Iran, though, could not be more different. Israel is a secular Parliamentary Democracy, where all citizens, including minorities, have the right to vote for the political party that will best represent them. The governing authority forms through various coalitions of different parties which between them select a Prime Minister. Israel protects most basic freedoms such as freedom of speech, freedom from unwarranted searches and seizures, personal freedom (permission of homosexuality and abortions), trial by jury, and numerous other rights. Iran is an Islamic Republic which means that while it has a legislature, its power is strongly circumscribed by an unelected judiciary: the Supreme Council of Ayatollahs. These religious leaders have prevented basic civil rights by repressing minorities, banning freedom of speech and assembly, and executing individuals for violations of Islamic Law. They also have a veto over the candidacy of any politician running for office, meaning that they can effectively prevent any politician who wishes to push Iran in a different direction than they do. Iran has become increasingly religious and apocalyptic in its world view. (MORE)
It depends on what your metric is for determining "better". Answer 1 There are far many more civil rights in Israel (even for the Occupied Palestinians) than exist in Iran. That makes Israel better in my opinion.
Answer 1: From the original asker of the question: I doubt it. Look at what Syria is prepared to do to her own people let alone what she would do to Israel if they had. Answer 2 If Iran attacks Israel, there is little doubt that the United States will enter the fray. Additionally, some countries… in Western Europe, especially the United Kingdom will join the fight. An outwardly bellicose Iran would be untenable. However, just because these countries would intervene on an extant attack on Israel does not mean that they wish to join Israel on performing a pre-emptive strike on Iran. This is what the news media is covering. Israelis know that the Israeli air-force would not be able to effectively destroy Iran's nuclear capability in the same way that they destroyed Iraq's and Syria's nuclear capability because there are numerous Iranian facilities and most are deep underground. The American air-force is far larger and would deal a much more significant blow, which is why the Israeli leadership is trying to convince the American leadership to act. As for Syria, the Syrian armed forces are a joke compared to Israel. Hezbollah has scored more significant successes against Israel than the Syrian Army. The reason that the Syrian civil war is dragging for so long is because the rebels have insufficient numbers, tactical experience, and military hardware (such as guns and tanks) to effectively oppose the Syrian government. Israel has all of those things, so Syria is not a worry for Israel. (The Syrian air-force is even more of a joke.) Egypt is the only Arab country with a decent army. (MORE)
Iran and Israel have never actually gone to war. The two countries have fought a long, drawn-out proxy war for the last three decades, but never a direct conflict. You are likely asking about the Six Day War, but what is worth noting is that the only country that Israel attacked was Egypt. Then Syr…ia and Jordan declared war on Israel, which prompted an Israeli response. (MORE)
Currently, there is not a declaration of war between the countries of Israel and Iran. There is, however, strong political tension between the two nations, each one threatening armed attacks on the other over border relations.