America and Israel's relation with the Arabs has been one of exploitation. Both nations suppored harsh regimes which, in turn, cooperated with them. After decades of this, some of these regimes are biting the dust at the hands of the people. This can't really be called moving backward, but then Netanyahu may think so. The American and Israeli support of the Shah of Iran and his subsequent overthrow have shown us that Israel and America have much to answer for to the Iranian people. This is also true of the Egyptian people and others.
from the article: Netanyahu: Arab Spring pushing Mideast backward, not forward