The Orthodox Union talking about freedom in the Western sense of the word is a joke.
On its home page currently, it has this featured link:
"One Man’s Fight for Every Man’s Freedom
As he awaits further trials, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury shares his experiences fighting for freedom from Islamic terrorism and the need to support the democratic State of Israel. You can follow his case at www.freechoudhury.com. "
The thing is, the orthodox parties in Israel has names like Shas (named after the Talmud), and the duo of Agudat Israel (which is Hassidic) and Degel HaTorah (Haredi) which makes up United Torah Judaism.
On the face of it, do you think that these parties are democratic or theocratic? I'll put it to you this way, if they become the majority in Israel, prepare to be killed for playing a video game on Shabbat.
From wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Torah_Judaism):
"Degel HaTorah's pre-eminent sages and guides are presently Rabbis Yosef Shalom Eliashiv and Aharon Shteinman, both well into their nineties. Rabbi Eliashiv lives in Jerusalem and Rabbi Shtainman is in Bnei Brak. Policy decisions are also weighed and decided by a Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah ("Council of Torah Sages"), a council of experienced communal rabbis, made up of mostly senior and elderly heads of yeshivas all very learned in Talmud, devoted to halakha (classical Jewish law), and guided by their knowledge and application of the classical "Code of Jewish Law", the Shulkhan Arukh.
The Agudat Yisrael faction takes its directions from the Hasidic rebbes of Ger, Vizhnitz, Boston and Sadigura also steeped in Torah law and mysticism, who exert much influence in the daily lives of their followers (the "Hasidim"). The Belz rebbe, a prominent political and religious figure in his own right, is also closely involved in Agudat policy-making, and his followers are loyal UTJ supporters, though inter-party politics resulted in Belz failing to get any of their representatives into a high position on the UTJ list in the 2006 Knesset elections, and consequently, resulting in a faction with no Belz members present, for the second Knesset in a row."
As for Shas, "Shas is a strong advocate of Halacha playing a pivotal role and providing a fulcrum for the operation of the state and its identity, such as laws prohibiting various activities on the Shabbat." from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shas.
Orthodox Jews who speak of Israel in hasbara as being the only democracy in the Middle East (save for Iraq thesedays, hopefully things will go well there), should quite frankly shut the F### up. Its with no help from you people.