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Netanyahu Confirms Israeli Military Strike in Syrian Golan Heights

Netanyahu Confirms Israeli Military Strike in Syrian Golan Heights

A US -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.

The event attended by about 60 countries is expected to include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the fight against the Islamic State group, Syria and Yemen.

On the sidelines, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Oman's foreign minister.

Speaking during a visit to a naval base in the northern port of Haifa, Netanyahu said: "The missiles you see behind me can go very far, against any enemy, including Iran's proxies in our region" - an apparent reference to Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement.

Israel has been increasingly open about carrying out air strikes in Syria with an election looming in April.

In a re-issued statement to the media, Netanyahu's office said the goal of the meetings in Poland was "to advance the common interest of combatting Iran".

"Tonight I believe we are beginning a new era, with Prime Minister Netanyahu from the State of Israel, with leaders from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, all breaking bread together, and later in this conference sharing honest perspectives on the challenges facing the area", Pence said addressing the guests.




Despite the large showing, a number of high-profile countries did not send their top representatives amid ongoing tension between the U.S. and Europe over Trump's decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal with the Iranian government.

Arab nations and Israel faced a common threat of Iranian regional aggression and Washington was working closely with these nations to counter this, he said. "But Netanyahu and Gulf countries are eager to focus on 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.

The US and Poland host a Middle East conference Thursday that's meant to address a broad range of security challenges, but looks set to be dominated by Iran, which has become a source of tension between the US and allies and is reportedly causing friction within the administration as well.

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.

Germany and France decided not to send their foreign ministers, while the European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, is also not attending because of scheduling issues, an EU official told Reuters.