Netanyahu confirms Israel attacked Iranian targets in Syria

Netanyahu Confirms Latest Israeli Strike in Syria

"Many are following this [Omani] lead, and may I say, including at this conference", said Netanyahu after his meeting with Alawi.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands next to Polish President Andrzej Duda during the family photo at the Middle East conference at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, February 13, 2019.

"What is important about this meeting, and it is not in secret, because there are many of those - is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran", the tweet said. For his part, Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah said, "People in the Middle East have suffered a lot because they have stuck to the past".

Israel's shadow diplomacy with other influential regional actors has also markedly improved, of late.

Oman hosted the Israeli leader in October and several high-ranking Israeli ministers have also made visits to countries in the Gulf over the a year ago. And how they always get made when we say this?

Netanyahu - who has been trying to play up his diplomatic gains ahead of Israel's April election - has frequently hinted at warmer ties with Gulf Arab states.

European Union policy chief Federica Mogherini, a key player in the Iran nuclear deal, will also not attend the two-day conference due to scheduling issues, an European Union official said, although Pompeo will travel to Brussels on Friday to meet with her.

The summit appears to be the first time an Israeli leader and senior Arab officials will attend an worldwide conference centered on the Middle East since the Madrid peace conference in 1991, which set the stage for the landmark Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians.

The conference opening on Wednesday evening was originally touted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as focusing on Iran's regional actions, but organizers have since dialed down the emphasis on Tehran. "But Netanyahu and Gulf countries are eager to focus on Iran".

Netanyahu has said the conference will not focus on Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, since Pompeo and US Vice President Mike Pence - who will also attend the summit - do not deal with the administration's much-anticipated peace proposal.

The meeting, which took place on the sidelines of a Warsaw-hosted, USA -sponsored global conference on the Middle East, was lauded by each of the two sides.



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