Joseph Farah, an Arab author, wrote: "As an Arab-American journalist who has spent a good deal of time covering the region, I can tell you there is more freedom for Arabs in Israel than in any Arab state."
Salma Abedallah, an Israeli Arab-Muslim, echoed: "We are very happy being Israeli Arabs. Israel has so much freedom of speech, even more so than in America. Israeli Arabs are the only Arabs that have any rights anywhere in the Middle East."
While the Lebanese cannot freely condemn the Syrian occupation of their country; while Saudi Arabian women are threatened with beatings for attempting to drive a car; while Libyans are indiscriminately fired upon by their own government and the Syrian civilian death toll mounts daily; while Yemenis languish in a virtual state prison; while the Egyptian military subjected female protesters in Tahrir Square to "virginity tests;" while Arab Morocco keeps the Saharawi Arabs in refugee camps in the most inhospitable desert as probably the poorest people on Earth, the 1.4 million Arabs of Israel enjoy life in a democracy that prizes life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.