ad_181_Democracy thrives in Israel – FLAME

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid speaks with his fellow Knesset member Mansour Abbas, leader of the Arab party in Lapid’s governing coalition. Israel’s rank in 2021 Democracy Index rises to 23rdrd globally, in part because Arabs are now included in the Israeli government.

New report ranks Jewish state as one of world’s strongest and fairest democracies, despite baseless lies about its oppression of Palestinians

While enemies accuse Israel of apartheid, genocide and rights abuses, they offer little convincing evidence. On the contrary, Israel has a superb record on civil liberties, elections, the rule of law and equal opportunity at all levels of society, which ranks it 23rd among the most successful democracies in the world. world.

Jewish values ​​help guarantee Israel’s democracy

What are the facts ?

Israel receives outsized condemnation for its alleged treatment of Israeli Arabs, as well as, in particular, non-Israeli Palestinians living in the surrounding disputed territories. In stark contrast to such poorly substantiated accusations, the new “Democracy Index 2021” from EIU – the Economist Intelligence Unit – ranks Israel as one of the most successful democracies in the world, ranking it higher than the United States. United, Spain, Italy and some countries. 139 other nations. The index ranks countries according to 51 criteria, covering the performance of each nation according to its 1) electoral process and pluralism; 2) functioning of government; 3) political participation; 4) political culture; and 5) civil liberties.

Israel’s 2021 ranking shows steady improvement in its democratic processes compared to the first such report in 2006, when the Jewish state was ranked only 47th. In the current report, Israel was praised for including an Arab party in today’s ruling coalition government.

This is not surprising, since Israel’s robust democracy has a vibrant electoral tradition, stable governmental institutions, high political participation among its citizens, a vigorous, even vociferous political culture, and broad and equal civil liberties for all. its citizens.

Unfortunately, while Israeli democracy has improved over the past year, the EIU noted that democracy has actually deteriorated around the world. This was due to the Covid-19 pandemic, causing “an unprecedented withdrawal of civil liberties”, including “a huge extension of state power over vast areas of public and personal life”.

Unlike Israel, the regimes of the Middle East, whose highest ranking was Tunisia, reaching only 75e place – and not as a democracy, but as a “hybrid regime”. The Palestinian territory was classified as an “authoritarian” regime in 109e square.

Like all countries on the index, Israel’s performance in the EIU assessment was based on the health and performance of democratic institutions among its citizens.

While critics often unfairly blame Israel for the lack of democratic freedoms in Judea and Samaria (“the West Bank”) and Gaza, they ignore the fact that the Oslo Accords hand over governance responsibilities almost entirely to Palestinians in those territories. to their respective dictatorships – the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

Sadly, none of these Palestinian governments hold regular elections, support basic civil liberties – such as the freedoms of speech, assembly and religion – or enforce the rule of law. Neither respects women’s equality and both violently persecute members of LGBTQ and religious minorities.

Anti-Israel commentators generally fail to acknowledge that the Palestinians have waged a terrorist war against Israel’s existence since the birth of the state in 1948. Much of Palestinian suffering results from Israel’s defense against these attacks. relentless, as well as the Palestinians’ stubborn refusal to accept multiple offers of land for peace and a full state.

Israel’s “nation-state law” has also been unfairly attacked. The law declares that the country exists to realize the “right to self-determination” of the Jewish people. This criticism, however, is a red herring, attempting to discredit a statute that in no way limits Israel’s democratic freedoms. Note that this law does not infringe on the rights of individual Israelis, including its two million Arab citizens. Like many other nation-states, it simply formalizes the symbols of its people – in this case, the Jewish people, such as the flag, the national anthem and public holidays.

Also note that if nation-state law declares Hebrew as the national language, it is no different than it is in the United States, where English is the native language. Israel’s nation-state law also does not establish an official religion, unlike seven European countries that declare state religions in their very constitutions.

In short, Israel can be a proud nation of the Jewish people while cherishing and enhancing one of the most ethnically diverse and free democracies on the planet. In fact, some would argue that it is precisely the Jewish values ​​of compassion and justice that help guarantee Israel’s strong democracy.

Whatever defamatory accusations Israel’s enemies employ, the Jewish state objectively remains one of the strongest and most successful democracies in the world, offering political freedoms and economic opportunities unmatched in the majority of nations in the world. Moreover, the suffering and plight of the Palestinians has nothing to do with Israel and is almost entirely the result of the authoritarian governance of its terrorist dictatorial regimes and their stubborn refusal to make peace.

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