Freedom House Ranks Israel as Only Free State in the Middle East

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Allah hates Freedom

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?

  • ybrandstetter

    maybe possibly concievably because it is the Jewish State? and as such the only way it can prove it is is not racist is by alowing the Jihadis to kill every last non-racist, non-self-defending Jew??

  • kafir4life

    Looking at the picture above, why is it that muslims who claim to be followers of the made up moon god allah, who was invented by the pedophile mohamat the pig faced dog, always use the abbreviation for "sh*t with toast" following their made up moon god's name? Same thing with the pig faced dog mohamat, they use the abbreviation for "peanut butter under ham" after momo's name. Why do they do that?
    allahu snackbar.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Not only is it free, but it is too free. In other words, when fifth column Arabs are given kid glove treatment for actual sedition/treason (in tandem with their leftist counterparts), but Jewish nationalists are treated like the enemy, all for the "crime" of protecting our homeland, it appears reasonable to suggest that said "freedoms" have gone too far – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/06/26/is-justice-id

    Freedom/democracy turned upside its head!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • marios

    G-d bless David Horovitz and all his staff for extra important job they are doing for this country.
    Israel and USA have a lot in common. Pilgrims who came to this land considered themselves as New Israelis and Moses who led Jews from slavery to freedom was for them religious paragon and great pattern. Israel not only democracy but Western civilization country who fought on first line with barbarian Islamic imperialists. Islamic terrorists goal as they openly declare to dominate in the world—*se photo above. Islamists are supremacists, racists, anti-Semites, slaves tradesmen.
    Corrupted, biased, rotten MSM including Jewish liberals newspaper as shameless "Forward" name black by white and never will post truth . Leftist/liberals…(many names including fascists, commies but essence is the same) don't comprehend that they will share the same destiny as all other as there is no place on planet now which globalization did not touch. in 1930th Nazis killed their supporters, useful idiots among whom were progressive, liberal Jews.

  • Cat k

    And I must say it is difficult to find a pleasant looking face in such photos. Its the expressions of hate they wear rather than the features.

  • reggie

    “the US-based Freedom House wrote in its annual report last week,”

    They also reported that they are gods chosen people and are apple of gods eye and when they say jump america says how high.

    They are also responsible for curing AIDS, and sunshine and rainbows.

  • JacksonPearson

    "Freedom House Ranks Israel as Only Free State in the Middle East"
    And Barack Hussein Obama II, along with his buddies, the Muslim Brotherhood, will do everything in Allah's power, to make sure that that small freedom of Middle East light, be eliminated…forever!!!

    U.S.A. to GIVE Egypt, 20 new F-16, state of the art jet fighters, and 200 Abram tanks…Why? Egypt's economy is in the toilet, so who exactly does Egypt have for a belligerent neighbor, whereas they need that kind of military support?