USA meeting on Middle East brings together Israel, Gulf Arab states

USA meeting on Middle East brings together Israel, Gulf Arab states

Netanyahu has said in recent weeks that Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks in Syria over the past several years and would ramp up its fight following the planned withdrawal of us troops from the country. "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".

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.

"I think that holding this conference, in which Israel, the USA, various countries around the world and from the region sit down in one place. and discuss one topic-which, in my opinion, is the most important for our national security-is a very important achievement". In October, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Sultantate of Oman, marking the first time in 22 years that an Israeli prime minister has visited Oman.

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. "Now we say, this is a new era, for the future".

Iran was not invited, nor will the Palestinians have any representation at the summit.

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Iran has denounced the conference, which began Wednesday, as an American anti-Iran "circus" and Russian Federation said it would not attend. "But Netanyahu and Gulf countries are eager to focus on Iran".

During the conference US President Donald Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, who has been putting final touches on a "deal of the century" for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, will make a rare speaking appearance.

Palestinians have been heavily critical of the conference, With officials describing the meeting as an effort by the USA to advance its anti-Palestinian positions.

The meeting, which took place on the sidelines of a Warsaw-hosted, USA -sponsored global conference on the Middle East, was lauded by each of the two sides.

Germany and France decided not to send their foreign ministers, while the European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, is also not attending because of scheduling issues, an EU official told Reuters.

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