I stood and told him that I don't know where he got that idea. Israel does not have equal rights for women. Israel does not have equal rights for minorities. Israel has a pervasive state religion. Israel has a military censor on the media. Israel has no bill of rights. Israel targets leftists and human rights groups. He didn't argue but he did call Israel a vital ally. I had a lot more to say but sat down and let him off the hook. In the few meetings I have goe to since then, he has mentioned Israel a couple of times, but he has never called Israel the only democracy in the mideast and, in fact, he has not called Israel a democracy at all. This is how progress is made. One small step at a time. Next time we will address this "vital ally" stuff.
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