Israeli PM Netanyahu: “Arab Spring Pushing Middle East Backward”

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo from:

Yesterday Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the Arab Spring as an “Islamic, anti-Western, anti-liberal, anti-Israeli and anti-democratic wave.”

Mr Netanyahu made his comments during a Knesset (parliament) session, according to Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz.

He also took the time to criticize U.S. president Barack Obama and French president Nicholas Sarkozy, among other world leaders, for their support for the Arab Spring.

The simplest answer to this question lies in the following remarks he made on the same day to the parliament:

“I ask today, who here didn’t understand reality? Who here didn’t understand history? Israel is facing a period of instability and uncertainty in the region. This is certainly not the time to listen to those who say follow your heart.”

His reaction is well predictable. Having already faced popular civil protests in Israel earlier this year, Netanyahu is weary of the Arab Spring. Not only that, but one of Israel’s closest allies ex-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in popular protests and is currently awaiting trial.

Netanyahu said earlier this year that: “Iran’s government should be “stopped” like Gaddafi’s regime in Libya.

And it was also the same Israeli PM who earlier this year hoped these events would be a “genuine reform that people would like to see in Syria,” adding that “the young people of Syria deserve a better future” and even noting their “enormous courage in the face of strong brutality.”

Israeli protesters chanting: “Mubarak, Assad, Bibi Netanyahu!” Video From: TheRealNews

Something clearly changed between Netanyahu’s previous and most recent statements. What exactly? The answer to this question might lie in the following YouTube video.

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