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Netanyahu invited to anti-Iran summit in Poland with Arab FM's: report

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2012 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows an illustration as he describes his concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions during his address to the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. head
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to a US-Poland sponsored summit with world leaders on Iran next month, Israel’s Channel 10 reported on Friday.

Netanyahu has reportedly not decided if he will attend or not. US Secretary of State Mike, who recently arrived in Bahrain for the next stop of his Middle East tour, announced that the summit will bring together countries from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Western Hemisphere, and the Middle East.

The report suggested Netanyahu considers attending the summit to boost his election campaign by appearing among a number of foreign ministers from the Arab gulf states who have also been invited.

Netanyahu has repeatedly said that Sunni states have been making overtures to Israel, spurred by the perceived mutual threat of Iran which both accuse of fueling regional conflicts by supporting armed proxies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain.

A number of diplomatic breakthroughs happened in 2018, showing a sign of increasingly warmer ties between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

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At the end of October, Netanyahu discussed "ways to advance the peace process in the Middle East” with Sultan Qaboos of Oman when the Israeli premier made a rare visit to the Gulf nation.

In November, Netanyahu welcomed Déby to Israel on a historic visit. Déby became the first leader of the Muslim-majority west African nation to visit Israel since its establishment in 1948.

In a press conference alongside the Chadian President, Netanyahu vowed that “There will be more such visits in Arab countries very soon,” referring to his visit to Oman in October.

The Israeli Prime Minister has repeatedly said that the Jewish state and its Arab neighbors share a common interest, namely rolling back Iranian “aggression.”

Pompeo on Friday emphasized that the summit in Poland “includes an important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence."

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif responded to Pompeo’s announcement, making a comparison to the 1996 “Summit of Peacemakers” in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt.

“Reminder to host/participants of anti-Iran conference: those who attended last US anti-Iran show are either dead, disgraced, or marginalized. And Iran is stronger than ever,” Zarif tweeted with a photo of the 1996 conference.

Among the leaders on the photo were  Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Jordan’s King Hussein, US President Bill Clinton, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

Zarif also lashed out at Poland for hosting the summit on February 13 and 14. “Polish Govt can’t wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus,” he said.



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