Israeli leader sees 'common interest' in confronting Iran

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 14, 2019

On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a very productive meeting in Warsaw, Poland, with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah.

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 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".

Israel is trying to counter the influence carved out in Syria by Iran, which has supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war that erupted in 2011.

Oman does not formally recognize Israel. "Now we say, this is a new era, for the future".

"From here I am going to a meeting with 60 foreign ministers and envoys of countries from around the world against Iran", Netanyahu said.

"We're trying to expand the number of nations who are engaged and have a stake in the future of a peaceful and prosperous Middle East", Brian Hook, the State Department's special representative for Iran, told Reuters.

"With the summit largely spurned by our Western European allies, the administration was forced to spin the event from an Iran-centric gathering to one focused on broader Middle East peace and security issues", NIAC said.

As The Daily Wire has previously reported, Oman has played an outsized role in Netanyahu's post-Iran nuclear deal diplomatic outreach efforts with the Arab world. "But Netanyahu and Gulf countries are eager to focus on Iran".

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 Jerusalem Post reports that the Trump administration is unlikely to make a big splash at the conference with an announcement of its impending Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

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

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