Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Netanyahu confirms Israel attacked Iranian targets in Syria

US Vice President Mike Pence speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jersualem Netanyahu: Meetings in Warsaw With Arab Leaders Are in Pursuit of ‘War With Iran’
Kenny Thornton | 14 February, 2019, 11:43

The Israeli prime minister often speaks of Iran as an existential threat, and President Donald Trump, a close ally of Netanyahu, has placed the United States on a much more confrontational footing with the regime, even while he decries military conflicts in the Middle East.

The remark came amid heightened tensions between Israel and Iran, with the former consistently expressing concern over Tehran's alleged "entrenchment" in the region, namely in Syria.

Although it is absent from the stage, Iran is nevertheless taking the spotlight at a Middle East security conference co-hosted by the United States and Poland that has highlighted deep divisions between the US and some of its traditional allies.

Netanyahu stated that Israel maintains "good relations" with all countries in the Arab region except Syria. In a Facebook video, Netanyahu referred to the rendezvous as an "excellent meeting". 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.

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The Israeli prime minister's office later softened the statement to read "combatting Iran", but there's little doubt that Tehran remains a central focus of the ministerial meeting, even with a list of agenda items that include Syria and Yemen. And how they always get made when we say this?

Leading European countries Germany and France opted not to send their foreign ministers over concerns the meeting could highlight big-power tensions over Washington's decision previous year to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions against Tehran.

"So.we shouldn't take this to mean Bibi is sitting with foreign ministers of Arab states and drawing up plans to attack Iran", Shushan concluded.

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.

Iran was not invited to the summit and Palestine declined to attend.

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