Jimmy Carter hardest hit by the decision.
Israel is the Middle East’s only “free” state, the US-based Freedom House wrote in its annual report last week, a ranking in stark contrast to claims by the country’s critics – both domestic and international – who argue that the Jewish state’s democratic values are steadily eroding “Israel remains the region’s only free country,” read the report, called Freedom in the World 2013, released just days before Israel goes to the polls.
Israel’s ranking is completely dissimilar to that given the West Bank and Gaza – one under Palestinian Authority control and the other under Hamas rule – which are both classified as “not free.”
Likewise, the report found, Israel is surrounded by countries where freedom is not exactly the watchword.
The report, which ranks the world’s countries by political rights and civil liberties, characterized Jordan and Syria as “not free,” and Egypt and Lebanon as “partly free.”
Of the “worst of the worst” countries, the nine countries given the absolute worst ratings in the world, two were in the region: Saudi Arabia and Syria. Sudan was also rated in the bottom nine.
Facts are notoriously difficult to argue with. While the Muslim world and its left wing useful idiots insist that Israel is the most oppressive country in the region and the cause of all its oppression and conflict, Israel is still the only light of freedom in a very dark part of the world.
As CAMERA points out, the media has run a lot of stories about how oppressive Israel is and they are completely ignoring the Freedom House ranking.
A newspaper in a country that has only recently been upgraded to “partly free” covered Israel’s “free” ranking but news outlets in “free” countries did not. One has to ask, why the hesitancy to report something positive about Israel’s democracy?