al Guardian's peace index; shocker, Israel comes out at the bottom.
But just how far at the bottom is laughable:
From news article:
Egypt, which this year saw hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets of Cairo to bring down their government, witnessed pitched battles in Tahrir Square and which saw over 800 civilians deaths in the uprising, is ranked 73rd of 153 countries. Libya, which has been in the throes of a full civil war for the last two months, still ranks two above Israel on the peace index.
Syria, with nearly 1,000 deaths reported during the repression of protests there since March, and with reports of mass graves found outside the city of Deraa and the apparentmass execution of soldiers who refused to fire on civilians, ranks 29 places above Israel.
Israel even ranks seven places below Yemen in the index, regardless of the fact that even before the recent uprising Yemen was considered one of the least stable countries in the world, with The Guardian’s Brian Whitaker asking back in 2009 whether Yemen was about to become a fully ‘failed state’. Interestingly, that year Yemen ranked 22 places above Israel on the index, an even bigger margin than today.
Analysing the Global Peace Index in greater detail is also highly illustrative. Israel scores well on indices indicating the state of its democracy, with its ‘Electoral process’ scoring 8.75/10, ‘Political participation’ scoring 8.33/10 and with a ‘Political Democracy Index’ of 7.48/10. This compares to countries such as Saudi Arabia, which scored 0/10 for Electoral process, 1.11/10 for Political participation and 1.84/10 on the Political Democracy Index. However, regardless of these positive characteristics of the Israeli state, it still stands 44 places below Saudi Arabia in the overall ranking.