Yohanan Plesner addresses the inauguration of the Israeli Democracy Pavilion in Tel Aviv on Israel’s 70th Independence Day.
(photo credit: YOSSI ZELIGER)
At 70, Israel is older than more than half of the democracies in the world. While countries from Russia to Venezuela to Thailand to the Philippines that once appeared to be developing into democracies today seem headed in the other direction, the Jewish state belongs to a tiny, elite group of countries that have never suffered intervals of non-democratic governance, along with the United States, Britain and Canada.“After 70 years, Israel is today a vibrant, dynamic and resilient democracy,” Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute, tells “The Jerusalem Report.” “The state does what functioning states are supposed to do: protect its citizens, uphold law and order, and provide basic essential services.”
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