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

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Tuesday that Israel had carried out an artillery attack in Syria on Monday night.

Wednesday's conference is co-hosted by the US and Poland and its official focus is Mideast peace and security. In a Facebook video, Netanyahu referred to the rendezvous as an "excellent meeting".

What is important about this meeting - and it 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 combating Iran.

Netanyahu expressed similar sentiments when he met earlier in the day with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, telling him that the recent rapprochement between the two countries was "changing the world".

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.

While the Trump administration initially promoted its meeting as Iran-focused, "organizers have broadened the scope to include issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fight against the Islamic State group", the Associated Press reported from Warsaw on Wednesday. "Now we say, this is a new era, for the future".

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The Jerusalem Post reports that, although Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar have all sent representatives to Warsaw for the conference, Palestinian Authority officials are boycotting the USA -sponsored confab due to the Trump administration's 2018 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and its relocation of its Israeli embassy to that capital.

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

The meeting prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to call his own summit with representatives from Iran and Turkey, which is set to take place in Sochi on Thursday.

"We are working all the time to block Iran".

Kushner, who is President Donald Trump's son-in-law, will brief delegates behind closed doors on Thursday on US plans for peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

Oman hosted the Israeli leader in October and several high-ranking Israeli ministers have also made visits to countries in the Gulf over the a year ago. Pence and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz were also scheduled to speak.


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