Where's the Coverage? Israel the Only Free Country in the Middle East

Maybe they were too busy bemoaning the state of Israel’s democracy to do any actual reporting, but the mainstream news media completely ignored a report by Freedom House, an independent watchdog group dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world, that rated Israel as the only free country in the Middle East.

In the 2013 edition of its annual report, "Freedom in the World,” the organization wrote:

Israel remains the region’s only Free country. In recent years, controversies have surrounded proposed laws that threatened freedom of expression and the rights of civil society organizations. In most cases, however, these measures have either been quashed by the government or parliament, or struck down by the Supreme Court.

In other words, Israel’s democracy works. By contrast, both Gaza, under Hamas, and the West Bank, under the Palestinian Authority were rated "Not Free,” as was Jordan. Lebanon and Egypt ranked as merely "Partly Free.”

In a section called "Worst of the Worst,” Freedom House cited three of Israel’s neighbors: Sudan, "ruled by a leadership that has elements of both radical Islamism and a traditional military junta,” Saudi Arabia, "an absolute monarchy with severe social controls,” and Syria, "a dictatorship in the midst of a bloody civil war.” (continue reading...)