A Beacon of Justice and Democracy

The State of Israel is the Middle East's only democracy, providing the full rights of citizenship for people of all cultures and faiths. Israeli law protects the free exercise of religion - and ensures that all faiths have unimpeded access to its many holy sites. The country is home to a lively free press, vibrant civil society, and independent judicial system. Like all Western democracies, Israel struggles to ensure socio-economic equality for all of its minority populations. However, Jews and Arabs; Christians and Muslims; and men and women all participate in public life, contributing to the rich tapestry of Israeli culture.