Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Netanyahu confirms latest Israeli strike in Syria

Netanyahu confirms latest Israeli strike in Syria

A US -sponsored Middle East conference aimed at building a coalition against what Washington sees as the threat posed by Iran also produced signs of a warming of ties between Israel and some Arab countries on Wednesday. And how they always get made when we say this?

The event attended by about 60 countries is expected to include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the fight against the Islamic State group, Syria and Yemen.

Iran has denounced the conference, which began Wednesday, as an American anti-Iran "circus" and Russian Federation said it would not attend.

Speaking during a visit to a naval base in the northern port of Haifa, Netanyahu said: "The missiles you see behind me can go very far, against any enemy, including Iran's proxies in our region" - an apparent reference to Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement.

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.

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 absence of foreign ministers from major European powers, Germany and France, highlights festering tensions with the European Union over US President Donald Trump's decision previous year to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimpose sanctions.

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Vice President Mike Pence is leading the USA delegation, accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House advisor Jared Kushner.

Hosting the meeting is a chance for Poland's conservative government to bolster ties with Washington at a time when it is increasingly isolated within the European Union amid a dispute over its adherence to rule-of-law standards.

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.

Netanyahu and bin Alawi are now in Warsaw to attend a so-called "Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East", which is being co-organized by the United States and Poland.

Transatlantic cooperation was necessary to resolve problems in the Middle East, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said.

"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.

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