israel is ,and has been a democracy with free elections, a free press and an independent judiciary. israel has national health care and aid for the most disadvantaged. israel has absorbed huge numbers of aliya over the years while still managing to build a relatively prosperous country. israel did this without the advantage of any significant natural resources and while fighting numerous wars for survival. some of the revandications of the protestors are legitimate. specifically, housing costs are too high compared to salaries. however, the demand for a "welfare state," is totally unreasonable. some european countries have learned this lesson the hard way.
Syrian rebels call for regional alliance against Russia and Iran (Reuters)