Speaking by videoconference to the President's conference "Facing Tomorrow,"
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that Israel and its Western allies must
"continue the proliferation of freedom" and "stop the proliferation of deadly
Netanyahu said he was very optimistic about the future, calling our
era the "knowledge century." However, he expressed deep skepticism that what he
dubbed the Arab, Muslim and Iranian world were ready to benefit fully from the
Western notion of freedom and the newest technological discoveries.
prime minister said that he did not believe a major mature change could occur in
the Arab-Muslim world for "several decades." Although by the end of the century,
Netanyahu was confident that even these nations would turn towards democracy and
Western values, he described the central question as being what to do until
He said this was a particularly challenging problem, when nations, like
North Korea, have built nuclear weapons, or nations, like Iran, are trying to
build "weapons of mass death."