Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world.
Each year, Freedom House analyzes the world's nations and territories, examining the electoral process, political pluralism and participation, the functioning of the government, freedom of expression and of belief, the rule of law, and individual rights. Their results are published in their annual report, Freedom in the World.
Freedom House's 2017 rankings are out. Again, Israel is the only nation in the Middle east that is ranked as "free".
Israel scored 80 out of100 points, and is described in the report as "a multiparty democracy with strong and independent institutions that guarantee political rights and civil liberties for most of the population".
Why is the only nation in the region that is ranked as free subject to such vitriolic rhetoric across the media, in the UN and on college campuses?
Could it be because it is the only Jewish state, not only in the region, but in the world?