As of January 2015, the most powerful military in the Middle East belongs to Israel, claims UPI. In a study done by i24 News, it was shown that while Israel has a relatively small military budget at $15 billion, it has the most effective military force.
The Israeli army is the most battle-ready with its 680 aircraft, 176,500 front-line personnel and 3,870 tanks. One of the reasons why the military is so powerful and successful is because there are such high entry and training standards, states i24 News. Another reason, suggests UPI, is because the army has never attempted a coup against the government.