Netanyahu Returning from Successful Warsaw Summit

Arab Leaders Denounce Iran, Support Israel

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15 Feb 2019
Netanyahu Returning from Successful Warsaw Summit
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was delayed in returning to Israel from Warsaw, Poland on Friday morning due to technical problems with his aircraft. Despite this, the event was deemed a diplomatic victory for the Jewish State due to the optics of him and other Israeli officials meeting with Arab leaders as well as statements favourable to Israel made by officials from several countries represented at the conference.

Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Netanyahu said it could be possible to have normal diplomatic and trade relations with some Arab countries even without a final peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. However, he was quick to add, full peace and normalized relations would be more difficult to attain. He added that several foreign ministers from Arab countries spoke in the closed-door sessions about Iran and “said exactly what I have said.”
On the sidelines of the Conference he also met with the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, Brazil, Oman and Poland. Meanwhile, a diplomatic row with host Poland over Netanyahu’s comments to the press upon leaving the Museum of the History of Polish Jews "Poles cooperated with the Germans" during the Holocaust was averted Friday morning when the Prime Minister’s Office sent a clarification to Poland’s foreign ministry blaming the media for misrepresenting the remarks.

Also at the Conference was US special envoy Jared Kushner, who unveiled parts of the so-called “deal of the century” in some of the closed-door sessions. Little was revealed to the press about the plan except that it does not conform to the parameters of the 2002 Saudi-sponsored Arab Peace Initiative.

“I think it was a great initiative, in 2002 when it was done, but it hasn’t produced peace, so if that was the framework under which something would be accomplished then I think that would have been accomplished a long time ago, and then I wouldn’t be doing the duty I’m doing right now to try to bring the people together,” Kushner reportedly said. He also said in the meetings that the full plan won’t be released until after the upcoming Israeli elections on 9 April.

“I will look at it once it is presented. I have to say that I know the Trump administration seeks to insure the security of Israel for generations,” Netanyahu said in response to reporters questions about what Kushner had presented.

Finally, one Arab Foreign Minister, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa of Bahrain, was quite vocal in placing the blame for the continued lack of resolution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict squarely at the feet of Iran, saying’s the Islamic Republic’s “toxic” support for terrorist groups, including in the West Bank and Gaza, were the primary reason peace has not yet been achieved. Additionally, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said during a panel discussion that Israel had every right to defend itself against Iranian aggression in Syria.

Here is a vidoe of Prime Minister Netanyahu's meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the summit


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