Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S, has published a fascinating article on the democracy in Israel. Without ignoring the state’s shortcomings — shortcomings any democratic state is subject to — Oren successfully claims, “In the face of innumerable obstacles, Israeli democracy remains remarkable, resilient, and stable.”
At 64, Israel is older than more than half of the democracies in the world. The Jewish state, moreover, belongs to a tiny group of countries — the United States, Britain, and Canada among them — never to have suffered intervals of non-democratic governance. Since its inception, Israel has been threatened ceaselessly with destruction. Yet it never once succumbed to the wartime pressures that often crush democracies.
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