PM: Promote democracy in Arab world and in Iran

Iran trying to destroy advancement of reform, bring about a dark age like in Tehran, Netanyahu says at event honoring Natan Sharansky.

February 22, 2011 23:41
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu speech 311 . (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that supporters of democracy should be strengthened the world over, speaking at an event marking 25 years since Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky arrived in Israel.

"Supporters of democracy should be strengthened not only in the Arab world, but also particularly in Iran," Netanyahu said.

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Iran, he said, "is trying to exploit the earthquake destabilizing the entire area between Afghanistan to the Maghreb (North Africa) and it is trying to destroy the advancement of reform and democracy, to turn off the lights and bring about a dark age like in Tehran," Army Radio reported.

The prime minister continued, "The foundations of democracy are stronger, like the strong foundations of peace."

He said, "We all want to freedom and democracy flower in the Arab world," not tyrannical regimes that trample on human rights, curb democratic reforms and constitute a danger to peace.

"Nothing would please us more than the advancement of democracy in our region," he said. "It's good for peace, prosperity and security."

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