It's true America is a freer country than some, but still don't ignore facts. America has 5% of the world's population, but 25% of the world's prisoners. It has a percentage of its population employed in "domestic security" that is comparable to Stalinist Russia, and others. There are government security agencies that monitor reporters deemed subversive (e.g. Justin Raimondo recently). There are many people who speak glowingly about "American freedom" because they are afraid to run afoul of the security apparatus. It creates an unstable dynamic that foreigners (e.g. Mr Barel) misinterpret.
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from the article: In pursuit of American-style democracy, Israel lost its way