Netanyahu Confirms Israeli Military Strike in Syrian Golan Heights

Frederick Owens
February 14, 2019

"I think that holding this conference, in which Israel, the U.S., 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".

The comments were made to reporters on the sidelines of the Warsaw Middle East ministerial following Netanyahu's meeting with the Sultanate of Oman's Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Yusuf bin Alawi.

Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria in the past few years against Iranian and Hezbollah targets.

Netanyahu has repeatedly said Israel would not allow Iran and its ally Hezbollah to entrench themselves in neighbouring Syria where they are backing the Damascus regime against rebels and jihadists.

Netanyahu's office removed a Wednesday tweet posted ahead of a key conference on the Middle East, co-hosted by Poland and the US.

Israel's shadow diplomacy with other influential regional actors has also markedly improved, of late.

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Washington initially touted the summit as a way to counter Iran's influence in the region, drawing condemnations from Tehran and leading several nations to send lower-ranking officials instead of their top representatives.

The Israeli prime minister, who has become increasingly open about the IDF's activities in the region, has yet to confirm or deny whether it was a misleading translation, a Freudian slip, a Kinsley gaffe, or something else.

"So.we shouldn't take this to mean Bibi is sitting with foreign ministers of Arab states and drawing up plans to attack Iran", Shushan concluded.

Pompeo spoke amid tensions with the European Union over Washington's decision to pull out of world powers' 2015 nuclear deal with Iran deal and its sudden announcement to withdraw American troops from Syria. "But Netanyahu and Gulf countries are eager to focus on Iran".

And Ned Price, President Barack Obama's former national security spokesman, said European nations downgraded their delegations because they believed the Trump administration was going to use the summit as an "anti-Iran pep rally".

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