Netanyahu confirms Israel behind artillery attack in Syria

Sergio Conner
February 14, 2019

The controversy comes amid speculation about the objective of the meeting in Poland of top officials from 65 different countries-which also featured President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani calling for regime change in Iran while speaking at a rally outside the summit on behalf of, as Robert Mackey of The Intercept put it, "a cult-like group of Iranian exiles who pay him to represent them".

On the sidelines, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Oman's foreign minister.

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.

WARSAW, Poland-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, in what could be a possible gaffe, that his meetings with Arab leaders in Poland are in pursuit of "war with Iran".

"Many are following this (Omani) lead, and may I say, including at this conference", a video released by Netanyahu's office showed him telling Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, whose Gulf state hosted the Israeli leader in October. It referred to a meeting between Netanyahu and Oman's foreign affairs minister Yusuf bin Alawi.

Walla reported that sources in the security establishment stated that the issue would be raised by Netanyahu when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week. And how they always get made when we say this?

On Wednesday, Netanyahu boasted of the strong ties Israel is building with Arab countries in the region.

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"Israeli public opinion should not be deceived into believing that the Palestinian issue is a dead issue", Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud told Israel's Channel 13 news in a lengthy interview in London. "From the Saudi point of view, it's the other way around", said the former Saudi intelligence chief and ex-ambassador to the United States and UK.

But with few RSVPs coming, Poland and the USA have towned down the agenda to focus on ways of promoting peace and security in the Middle East.

Representatives of some 60 nations are set to attend the conference, including the foreign ministers of ten Arab countries.

Several million Yemenis face starvation and the country has suffered one of the worst cholera outbreaks in modern times as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - backed by the U.S. - seek to bomb and blockade the country's Houthi rebels into surrender.

Netanyahu says he doesn't think the Trump administration's "Deal of the Century" peace plan will be discussed. Pence and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz were also scheduled to speak.

Rather, Netanyahu told reporters Tuesday evening, the conference will have a clear emphasis on efforts to thwart Iranian aggression.

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