In its annual report, the watchdog stated: “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.”
Among the ‘not free’ regions were Gaza and the West Bank. Indeed, with this week’s revelation that Hamas’ idea of education is having 3000 teens graduate from a Hamas terror school, it is evident that the values of individual rights, education and freedom are of little interest to the Palestinian leadership.
Israel’s ranking as a vibrant democracy in a region dominated by dictators and tyrants has been ignored by the mainstream media which have ignored Freedom House’ conclusions.