Israel is a nation that obsesses with public relations. They have people in every major democracy who's primary job is to scan that nations media for anything that they consider anti-Israel (or anti-semetic). They then use that nations laws to bring a case against the offender, even if no offense was intended or even recognizable to most people. Over time, the media have learned to avoid all criticism of Israel and even any potential hint of criticism of Israel lest they become entangled in more law suits. Israel itself has a military censor on it's media. Some right wing Israelis would point to posts of left wingers like myself and claim that this indicates freedom of the press in Israel. The fact is that there are a lot of things that I cannot say in a post to the Israeli media that would not be a problem in the media of other democracies. Both Haaretz and the military censor have their own lists of unmentionables. Maybe even mentioning them will trigger the censor. Israel's "freedom of the press" rating is generous if anything.
Jordan foreign minister says to speak with Kerry on Israel-Palestinian conflict (Reuters)
from the article: Israel drops six spots in world press freedom rankings
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