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Netanyahu slams 'anti-democratic wave' in region
Published Thursday 24/11/2011 (updated) 25/11/2011 17:26
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Likud party meeting at the
Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem Nov. 21, 2011. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israel's prime minister on Wednesday blasted anyone who supports the Arab Spring and said the Arab world was "moving not forward, but backward," media reports said.

Benjamin Netanyahu said history would prove him right about the "Islamic, anti-Western, anti-liberal, anti-Israeli and anti-democratic wave", as he termed it, sweeping the region.

"In February, when millions of Egyptians thronged to the streets in Cairo, commentators and quite a few Israeli members of the opposition said that we're facing a new era of liberalism and progress ... They said I was trying to scare the public and was on the wrong side of history and don't see where things are heading," he said.

But time has proved him right, Netanyahu said, according to Israel's Haaretz daily.

He also slammed Western leaders, and especially US President Barack Obama, and called them "naive," the report said. "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," he was quoted as saying in a Knesset speech.

Netanyahu used the upheaval in the Arab world to justify inaction vis-a-vis the peace process, the report said. "I remember many of you urged me to take the opportunity to make hasty concessions, to rush to an agreement."

"But I will not establish Israel's policy on illusions," he said.

"There's a huge upheaval here ... whoever doesn't see it is burying his head in the sand."

On Wednesday, Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni warned that recent legislation by Netanyahu's government would turn Israel from a democracy to a dictatorship.

Referring to the uprising in Egypt, she told the Knesset: "We were a democracy and they were a dictatorship. Now, they are trying to become a democracy, while we – with these bills – are heading towards dictatorship."

Livni's comments were made during a debate over several bills, including amendments to a libel bill which critics say seriously harms freedom of the press.

Israeli Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman MK Shaul Mofaz also said Netanyahu was creating a dictatorship in Israel, Ynet reported.

"Orwell's world is coming to life under your government's legislation, which is aiming to enforce elements of oppression and is creating a vision of horrors the likes of which we've never seen. It is as if 1984 is here," Mofaz said.

1 ) AKeenReader / UK
24/11/2011 13:28
History will NOT prove Nutanyahu right but will prove to the world which most of the diplomats already veiw it now that he is an IDIOT and mad man. Sarkosy/Obama's recent conversations proved it.

2 ) Julie / USA
24/11/2011 13:39
izrahell needs to be contained immediately. bibi nutjob is now more manic than before. he and his diabolical regime are way out of control. we can expect this bozo to lose it more and more as Arab Spring spreads and takes solid footing...and of course that means more horrific crimes against innocent Pals. anyone who's against freedom, democracy & human rights has regressed beyond the wrong side of history and belongs locked up with Mubarak, Assad, Saleh, and Ben Ali. it'll be bye bye bibi soon!!

3 ) Mel / USA
24/11/2011 14:18
This war criminal,hypocritical twat,is unbelievable! Orwell landed in Palestine when US took over from British imperialism & "planted"polit. Zionism in Palestine to act as a USFOB,Cold War,US-nuclear-reserve stockpile & allowed Euro-Sov.Nazi-Zionists to start 64yrs of ethnic cleansing of native Arabian non-Jews! Bibi the autocratic,apartheid butcher,talks of 'democracy',in Israel,the military-occupier,ethno-theocractic,failed State? Right Beeebs! U're a "laugh"a minute.Hypocritical piece of *# t

4 ) mohamed / somalia
24/11/2011 15:37
you can not hold the arab land for ever.

5 ) Star UK / UK
24/11/2011 20:09
No fan of Bibi-far from it; a genocidal maniac. However you must see the (dark) humour in this-the man who wants to silence speech with draconian slander law, cap contributions to NGOs, criminalise boycotting, etc. is now criticising support of the Arab Spring as anti Israel anti democracy anti liberal? If not so sad,would be funny! Concede Arab Spring may, in its copious free time while trying to est countires and justice, be anti Israel, but really just giving voice to long frustrations.

6 ) Carlos / USA
24/11/2011 21:37
Nuttyahoo is ridiculous! His government passes laws against descent. His government throws Anat Kamm into jail for exposing Israeli abuse of human rights. Israel passes laws against minorities and non jews and then they complain about Egyptians trying to get real democracy. Nuttyahoo is the biggest danger to democracy. Israel kept the democratically elected government of Palestine from taking power.

7 ) carlos / usa
24/11/2011 21:45
The good news is Nuttyahoo is losing his cool and desperately trying to change the world perception toward his interpretation of events. His problem is his interpretation is so perverted and ridiculous he has good reason to lose his cool. Long live the Egyptian revolution. The 99% is speaking and SCAF is on its way out. Occupy Wall Street is freeing US of Israeli tyranny too.

25/11/2011 08:32

9 ) PFLP / Jordan
26/11/2011 20:39
have to agree with one thing Netanyahu said.... the Arab spring will produce anti Israeli governments in the Arab world simply because the Arab public hates Israel... and this is a fact I am proud of
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