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Israeli prime minister claims Gulf states meeting Israel in secret

By Jay Jackson, Middle East News
14 Feb 2019, 11:03 GMT+10

WARSAW, Poland - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed Israel has been meeting secretly with Arab countries.

In a tweet posted on Wednesday, Mr Netanyahu was commenting on the Mideast peace conference, organized by the United States in Warsaw, when he referred to the meeting as being "open," unlike other meetings held "in secret," of which there have been "many of those."

Israel and many Arab states share a common enemy in Iran, and the tweet signifies the Warsaw meeting is not so much about Middle East peace as a whole, but more about combating Iran.

Mr Netanyahu initially tweeted "representatives of leading Arab countries are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran."

This immediately drew fire and criticism, and he replaced the tweet with a new one with the words 'combating Iran,' replacing the words 'war with Iran.'

What has been missed though is the claim that Israel has been meeting secretly with Arab nations.

The full tweet initially said:

"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."

Whilst the prime minister subsequently altered the final words of the tweet, the rest of the post remains unaltered.

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