Israel has been placed 24th in a new global terrorism index which ranks 162 of the world’s nations from most affected to least affected by terror.
Based on a 5-year average, the index takes into account such criteria as the number of terrorist incidents endured by a country, how many fatalities were suffered in those attacks, how many injuries were caused and the level of damage to property. It also weights the scores for each nation according to the long-term psychological damage of the attacks.
The list is compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace, using information from a global terrorism database at Maryland University, which includes more than 125,000 terrorist incidents.
Israel received an overall score of 6.03 out of 10. Its “GTI indicators” for 2015 included 260 attacks, 20 fatalities, 115 injuries and 290 instances of damage to property.
The United Kingdom ranked at 28th, and the US at 35th.
France, following the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in the beginning of 2015 and the deadly terror attacks at the very end of the year, was ranked 36th. Iran, which Israel has often accused of sponsoring terrorism in other countries, came in at number 39, while Syria, which has for five years endured a devastating civil war, was placed fourth.
Islamic State and Boko Haram, two extremist Sunni terror groups, were together cited as being responsible for 51 percent of terror attacks.
Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria were the worst hit countries. In Iraq in 2014, 9,929 people were killed in terror attacks or died from injuries related to terror attacks, which the GTI said was the highest ever number recorded in a single country.