A new study on civil liberties and political freedoms worldwide by Washington think tank Freedom House found that Israel is the only “free” country in the entire Middle East, outpacing its Arab neighbors by wide margins.
On a scale of 100, Israel’s score is 80, miles ahead of other Mideast nations, including those classified as “partly free” – Turkey (38), Jordan (37) and Kuwait (36) – and those which the report terms “not free”, with scores ranging into the negatives: Iraq (27), Iran (17), Saudi Arabia (10) and Syria (-1), which ranks dead last out of the 195 countries assessed.
Indeed, the report labels the Middle East region as “one of the world’s two worst-performing regions” in terms of freedom.
The scores are based on political rights indicators and civil liberties indicators, among them a fair electoral process, political pluralism, and participation in government. Other principles of liberal democracies, outlinedThis post was originally published on this site