Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Netanyahu Confirms Israeli Military Strike in Syrian Golan Heights

Netanyahu Confirms Israeli Military Strike in Syrian Golan Heights

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran Tuesday that Israeli missiles can travel "very far", on the eve of a conference in Poland about peace and security in the Middle East.

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 U.S. and Poland.

"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. "What is important about this meeting-and this meeting 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 Poland conference aims to address Iran's influence in the Middle East, the Syrian conflict, Yemen's civil war and Israeli-Palestinian peace, the organisers say.

Despite the large showing, a number of high-profile countries did not send their top representatives amid ongoing tension between the United States and Europe over Trump's decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal with the Iranian government.

Oman does not formally recognize Israel.

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

The controversy comes amid speculation about the goal 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". It referred to a meeting between Netanyahu and Oman's foreign affairs minister Yusuf bin Alawi.

Palestinians have been heavily critical of the conference, With officials describing the meeting as an effort by the U.S. to advance its anti-Palestinian positions. "Now we say, this is a new era, for the future".

US Vice President Mike Pence is leading Washington's delegation, which includes US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, who is also Donald Trump's son-in-law.

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

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