The 2017 Global Peace Index has just been published by the Institute for Economics and Peace. Israel has the misfortune of being ranked 144 out of 163 countries ranked. It fell one place from the 2016 report due to continuing failure to make progress in the peace process.
Among the most alarming findings were that Israel’s “militarization index” was rated 3.9 out of 5 (5 being the worst). For nuclear weapons and arms exports, Israel ranked 5 out of 5. Under “relations with neighboring countries” it ranked 4 out of 5. Military expenditure ranked 3.5 out of 5. It ranked 3 out of 5 under the categories of “perception of criminality (in society), level of incarceration, access to weapons, intensity of internal conflict, level of protest violence, impact of terrorism.