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A Free or Democratic State – Which Do You Prefer?

Israeli pride exhibited by the "Soldier Aliyah Flight 2013."

Israeli pride exhibited by the "Soldier Aliyah Flight 2013."
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When labeling countries, the words “free” and “democratic” often go hand in hand. However, freedom may include democracy but democracy does not necessarily include freedom.

Hamas, the PLO, leaders of Syria, Egypt and many others, consider themselves “democratic” simply because they run elections, but their people are not free in accordance with international law.

Israel is a free and democratic Jewish state, and should be referred to as such. While it is important to recognize Israel’s democratic political system, it is essential to recognize that first and foremost, it is free. It is important to incorporate the word “free” in any naming of the state of Israel.

Israel: A Free and Democratic Jewish State

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6 Responses to “A Free or Democratic State – Which Do You Prefer?”

  1. Atul Shukla says:

    Long live israel

  2. Free
    Not everyone who votes has brain
    We, the USA are a representative republic

  3. To all these so called liberal in Israel,you think there is no Hasem and you guys and gals can get away with anything.Remember at the time of Moses also there were liberal like Dothan and Corey and how they ended.Hasem requires for all of you to follow his commands and be free within commands.Israel will exist as long as Hasem will allow….Hasem bless Israel.

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