Netanyahu meets Omani FM, hints other Arab states warming to Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara boarding the plane to Warsaw

"Many are following this [Omani] lead, and may I say, including at this conference", said Netanyahu after his meeting with Alawi.

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". Nor do Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which also sent envoys to Warsaw and which share Israel's concerns about Iran's nuclear program and involvement in several regional flashpoints.

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

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.

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

Israel has been increasingly open about carrying out air strikes in Syria with an election looming in April.

Participants, including U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pose for a group photo ahead of the two-day conference's opening.

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"The result of this conference ideally would be a demonstration of Iranian isolation and unity amongst American allies in Europe and the Middle East", said William Wechsler, senior adviser for Middle East programs at the Atlantic Council in Washington. And how they always get made when we say this?

The summit appears to be the first time an Israeli leader and senior Arab officials will attend an global 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.

"Iran isn't behaving like a normal country".

Palestinian officials, viewing the current USA administration as having a pro-Israel bias, declined to attend the conference. The meeting occurred a conference in Poland, The Hill reported. In a joint op-ed published Wednesday morning on CNN's website, Pompeo and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz wrote that the summit will deal mainly with the civil wars in Syria and Yemen, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other security-related regional matters.

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.

"The European Union alone does not, in my opinion, carry sufficient political weight to try to really influence the situation in the Middle East", he told reporters.

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