Only a thought - but what a lie Israel's claim to be the "only democracy in the Middle East" is! What a bald-faced lie. Not only because it is a racist state, an apartheid state, a state founded on ethnic cleansing and the military suppression and attempted destruction of Palestine. It is a lie because Palestine is the only real democracy in the Middle East. Because Israel has arrogantly denied it even the modest accoutrements of statehood doesn't mean that we should ignore the fact that Palestine has been far more meaningfully democratic than Israel has ever been. As I say, only a thought.