While Arab demonstrators in places like Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Oman, Tunisia and Yemen are protesting against their oppressive governments – it’s quite ironic that Israeli citizens are the only people in that geographical sphere who actually enjoy the full fruits of true freedom and democracy. And if Arabs truly seek a democratic model to emulate, they needn’t look any farther than the Jewish state.
Israel, the lone free and democratic outpost in the turbulent Arab world region (Middle East and North Africa), sits in the most precarious positions of all free nations. Since the Jewish state was internationally recognized in 1948 by the United Nations, it has continually faced the wrath of Arab/Muslim nations who refuse to acknowledge its right to exist. Several wars initiated by Arab neighbors and countless terrorist attacks later, not much has changed.
Israel is dwarfed in terms of land and population by the Arab world. It has 8,000 square miles of land and is populated with 7.4 million people. The Arab world land mass encompasses 5.2 million square miles and has about 350 million predominantly Sunni Muslim occupants.
Eager to exploit current Arab world turmoil, sworn Israel enemies like Iran’s Persian Islamic regime and transnational Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabi al Qaeda movements are immersing themselves into the Arab Street revolution. They seek a caliphate ruled by Sharia law, nullification of Egyptian and Jordanian peace treaties with Israel and elimination of the Jewish state.
Enemies view the Jewish state as an illegal, Western imposition on Muslim soil and their hatred extends to the United States because, among other things, it is viewed by most as the ultimate guarantor of Israel’s survival. They would like to eliminate or greatly diminish U.S. regional presence and influence.
Unlike its enemies, Israel is rooted in democratic principles and liberal ideals and is governed by the rule of law. It has free and open elections to freely choose and replace leaders, as well as an independent press. The Arab world is governed by the “rule of men” consisting of an assortment of monarchs, authoritarians, dictators, and terrorists. According to Freedom House, not one of the Arab states or territories have a truly free government or truly free press.
In Israel, men and women are equal under the law. In the Arab world, many Muslims adhere to sharia law which totally subordinates women and mandates many other human rights violations, including death for adultery and amputations for stealing.
Israeli average annual income is $29,500. Arab world citizens, on average, earn less than $8,000 per year. Arab wealth is spread disproportionately among rich nations like Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia and poor nations like Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, and disproportionately among ruling classes and the public in rich and poor nations.