Israel warns Iran that its missiles can travel 'very far'

Nellie Chapman
February 14, 2019

The initial tweet, translated from Hebrew, had the prime minister saying: "What is important about this meeting, and it is not in secret, because there are many of those-is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran".

During the conference US President Donald Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, who has been putting final touches on a "deal of the century" for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, will make a rare speaking appearance. Iran, which is this week celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution, denounced the meeting as a "circus" aimed at "demonizing" it. Israel and Oman have unofficial economic relations but not formal diplomatic relations. For his part, Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah said, "People in the Middle East have suffered a lot because they have stuck to the past".

Iran has also ramped up its rhetoric against Israel, promising to wipe it off the political map. The Iranians say it is USA -aligned forces in the region, and not they, who are belligerent.

Before broadening the agenda, the U.S. initially told allies the meeting would focus on Iran, a bête noire for national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, both of whom have advocated for regime change in Tehran in the past.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at Lazienki Palace in Warsaw, Poland February 12, 2019.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a speech at the Freedom Gate memorial in Bratislava , Slovakia , Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

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

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Greenblatt said the Palestinian position "impedes nations from countering the common enemy of Iran".

"It's another example of what we've seen of countries in Europe demonstrating - sometimes subtly and sometimes not - their differences with the American administration", he said.

Netanyahu says he doesn't think the Trump administration's "Deal of the Century" peace plan will be discussed.

Earlier this week, Trump's national security adviser John Bolton released a short video on the anniversary of the Iranian revolution in which he called Iran "the central banker of worldwide terrorism" and accused it of pursuing nuclear weapons and missiles to deliver them.

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