U.S. Watchdog Ranks Israel as Region’s Only “Free” State


israel mediaIsrael is the Middle East’s only “free” state, the U.S.-based Freedom House wrote in its annual report last week, a ranking in stark contrast to claims by the country’s critics who argue that the Jewish state’s democratic values are steadily eroding.

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.” Both the West Bank and Gaza are classified as “not free.”

Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen were also rated “not free,” while Tunisia, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, and Turkey were defined as “partly free.”

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. During the days of the Shoiftim E”Y was basically free. From King Shoul and on, the king owned everything. Regardless whether the the kings follwed the Torah, you still belonged to the King controlling your area. During Bayis Sheni there were roving bands who depressed whomever happen to reside in their area.

  2. Libya improved from “not free” to “partly free” thanks to the overthrow of Ghadafi.

    There are now three Muslim majority countries that are classified as “free”, up from two last year. Indonesia, by far the largest Muslim country, remains “free”. And Senegal and Sierra Leone improved to “free”. Unfortunatly, Mali, a “free” country a year ago, has since suffered a military coup and an Islamist insurrection, and is now ranked as “not free”. Hopefully the recent French intervention will help.