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1 freetoken  Wed, Jan 23, 2013 2:18:40pm

More from the Eternal Whine of the Spotty Blog-kind.

2 BroncD  Wed, Jan 23, 2013 2:20:33pm

Sure, their electoral process works. Unfortunately the Israeli process of blowing up people’s houses also works like a charm, and oftentimes those people are still inside when the bombs hit.

3 Velvet Elvis  Wed, Jan 23, 2013 2:47:58pm

You mean other than Libya and Egypt?

4 rohan  Wed, Jan 23, 2013 3:15:11pm

Free for some

5 ProBosniaLiberal  Wed, Jan 23, 2013 3:24:16pm

re: #3 Velvet Elvis

Egypt is not free in any sense of the Word.

Libya is doing okay, considering circumstances. They are in no worse condition that we were after our Revolution.

6 Red Falcons of America  Wed, Jan 23, 2013 6:19:14pm

Freedom House is an arm of the American State Department. And it can only consider Israel free by doing some book cooking and removing areas B and C out of what is considered ‘Israel’.

7 Buck  Wed, Jan 23, 2013 7:01:02pm

re: #3 Velvet Elvis

You mean other than Libya and Egypt?

Let’s see if they are more than one election wonders.

8 Dark_Falcon  Wed, Jan 23, 2013 7:19:52pm

re: #7 Buck

Let’s see if they are more than one election wonders.

Concur. PLL has the right of it, though. Libya and Tunisia have some real freedom, the question is: Can they keep it?

9 stabby  Wed, Jan 23, 2013 10:56:42pm

I was gonna say that the whinyness of “where is the coverage” over and over again bugs me. And these facts are covered among people who care.

But the comments above me demonstrate the other obvious fact that antiIsraeli propaganda is generally accepted as fact more often than not, and other yellow press crap from the middle east is also accepted more than it deserves to be.

Both sides are annoying me now.

10 Dr. Matt  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 5:49:28am

I’ve only been posting at LGF for about a month now, but I have quickly discovered that ‘Aigle’ is one the least popular contributors. Every one of his/her pages has a negative rating. Congrats!

11 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 5:50:50am

re: #10 Dr. Matt

I’ve only been posting at LGF for about a month now, but I have quickly discovered that ‘Aigle’ is one the least popular contributors. Every one of his/her pages has a negative rating. Congrats!

aigle is not a contributor, it’s a spambot which posts articles from the CAMERA blog but never stays around to participate in the conversation.

12 lawhawk  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 6:26:15am

Israel’s unique among Middle Eastern countries in that it has been able to hold democratic elections repeatedly and that ethnic and religious minorities are represented in the government (Knesset). At last count, 10% of the Knesset is comprised of Arab political parties. That’s not an insignificant point.

Other countries in the Middle East and North Africa are moving towards democracy, but a single election isn’t a sufficient indicator of democracy or stability.

Iraq has held several rounds of elections, but the country still suffers from sectarian violence (suicide bombings) and residual overflow from the ongoing civil war in Syria. Kurdish areas retain the kind of autonomy that they had before Hussein was deposed, so they’re among the more established politically stable regions.

Egypt’s transition since Mubarak was deposed is anything but smooth. There are going to continue to be bumps in that road. Morsi has revealed an authoritarian bent that is not healthy for Egypt’s long term democratic process, but that the opposition continues to remain vigorous suggests that they might be able to constrain Morsi’s actions or limit some of his worst tendencies. The military remains a wildcard there - and if Morsi loses the military, he too could find himself on the outside.

Libya’s situation is in flux, as is Algeria. Both have significant issues with lawless regions, and the ability of terror groups like al Qaeda to use them as breeding grounds for recruits and attacks against Western targets. It will be an ongoing problem, but looking further to the West, we see that Tunisia is making a relatively stable transition to a democratic system with little of the bloodshed and violence seen elsewhere.

13 Dr. Matt  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 7:35:00am

re: #11 Vicious Babushka

aigle is not a contributor, it’s a spambot which posts articles from the CAMERA blog but never stays around to participate in the conversation.

Noted. Thanks.

14 Red Falcons of America  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 9:48:30am

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) has released its annual assessment of the state of human rights in Israel and in the occupied Palestinian Territories. The 2012 report includes chapters on house demolitions in Palestinian and Bedouin villages, the occupation of the West Bank and the regime of discrimination, the persecution of asylum seekers, the lack of affordable housing, and the privatization of the police and the judiciary.

15 Buck  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 7:02:41pm

re: #14 Red Falcons of America

Anyone can say anything. The number one source for the ACRI report is links to ACRI reports.

No mention of free speech, as in how she can write these lies and slander.

16 SidewaysQuark  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 8:45:48am

I think it’s fair to say Israel (pre-1967 borders) is a generally free nation, while Gaza and the West Bank certainly are certainly lade with serious human rights issues; and if I’m not mistaken, this is the position taken by Freedom House.


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