Netanyahu confirms Israel attacked Iranian targets in Syria

Netanyahu Confirms Latest Israeli Strike in Syria

A USA -sponsored Middle East conference aimed at building a coalition against what Washington sees as the threat posed by Iran also produced signs of a warming of ties between Israel and some Arab countries on Wednesday.

Amid demands for peace and arguments over the translation and the true intentions of Netanyahu's government, some critics also directed attention to a later comment from the prime minister.

"Poland and the United States welcome this outward symbol of this gathering, a symbol of cooperation and a hopeful sign of a brighter future that awaits nations across the Middle East", Pence said.

The word "war" was removed from the statement without explanation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israeli forces had carried out another strike in Iran-aligned Syria, a day after the Syrian army said an Israeli drone fired missiles near a demolished hospital and an army observation post.

"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".

Representatives of some 60 nations are set to attend the conference, including the foreign ministers of ten Arab countries.

"Not sure why everyone's so excited by Netanyahu's war with Iran tweet, whether or not it's a mistranslation", Anshel Pfeffer, a correspondent for the Economist who has written a biography about the Israeli leader, said on Twitter.

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The phrase "war with Iran" stunned many observers, given that Israel and its allies are not now at war with Iran.

US Vice President Mike Pence is leading Washington's delegation, which includes US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, who is also Donald Trump's son-in-law.

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

However, in a damper on Netanyahu's efforts, an Israeli TV station broadcast an unprecedented interview Wednesday withsenior Saudi prince who accused Netanyahu of deceiving the Israeli public by claiming that Israeli ties with the wider Arab world can be warmed without the Palestinian issue being solved. 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.

The one top European official that did show up - at least for the opening session - was UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, who on Wednesday expressed a desire to see peace in Yemen.

"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.

Hundreds of people attend an anti -Iran demonstration in Warsaw.

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