Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued his version of a “reaching out to Muslims” speech on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and wished success for the “Arab Spring” uprisings. “Israel could serve as a beacon of light to residents of the region who are also aspiring to freedom,” he said.
Two years ago, President Barack Obama “reached out to Muslims” in a dramatic speech in Cairo, promising to advance Palestinian Authority efforts and concessions by Israel while maintaining an alliance with the Jewish state.
Critics said he raised expectations beyond reach, and his foreign policies since the speech have made him increasingly unpopular n Muslim countries.
Prime Minister Netanyahu redistricted his political comments to another appeal Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whom he called a neighbor, “to sit down and negotiate with me, without preconditions, right here and now.”
After opening his statement with a greeting in Arabic of “happy Ramadan and happy holidays,” Prime Minister Netanyahu continued, “We are witnessing now a very dramatic moment in human history, in the history of the Middle East.
“We are witnessing the Arab Spring and we all want it to flourish and succeed….
“We want the Arab societies and democracies succeed, and I know that if an Arab democracy will be born, there will be true peace."