If there were 1000 nations competing for "best democracy", Israel does not aspire to number 1. Israel aspires to number 999. This is a much more achievable goal, and any criticism can be deflected by saying, "Why pick on me and not number 1000?"
Israeli ambassador to U.K.: Elements of left 'in denial' about 'disease' of anti-Semitism (Haaretz)
from the article: Democracy or hypocrisy