Israel is a tiny country less than half the size of Nova Scotia, much of which is uninhabitable. It is surrounded by neighbors who have constantly pledged its destruction since the day it came into being – well before there was any issue of the so-called “occupation” – and have often acted on that pledge. Israel has been the subject of a stream of condemnatory resolutions issued out of the UN and its various organizations, out of all proportion to anything it has ever been accused of – much of which is false, like the so-called “Jenin Massacre.” Israel is governed by a democratically elected government consisting of representatives from all spheres of Israeli society – including Arabs. It is guided by Jewish values much in the same way that Canada, the U.S. and the UK are guided by Christian values. Arab citizens of Israel are full citizens of the state and have the right to vote, the right to free speech, the right to religious freedom, and the protection of the rule of law. Where does that exist anywhere else in the Middle East?