Netanyahu confirms Israel attacked Iranian targets in Syria

An Israeli army Merkava tank takes part in a military drill in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights

An Israeli army Merkava tank takes part in a military drill in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights

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

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah Wednesday on the sidelines of Warsaw's Middle East conference, telling him that the recent rapprochement between the two countries was "changing the world". And while dozens of countries are there, many important players are not.

Many observers suspected that the correction was the result of a translation from Hebrew, which elided the key difference between "war with Iran" and "combating Iran". "Now we say, this is a new era, for the future". Well, today, they said it. But his latest comments, which appeared to include a call for war, went beyond his standard rhetoric.

The prime minister's social media accounts published the statement, leading numerous people, including Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, to point out the statement's ostensible belligerency.

He has long used tough language against Iran.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister's Office did not respond to a request for comment by the time this article was posted.

He clearly uses the word WAR (מלחמה), but his statement could be interpreted as "in order to advance the shared interest in war vs. Iran" OR "in order to advance the shared interest in fighting/combating Iran".

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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.

Foreign ministers and other officials from more than 60 countries were gathering for the conference in Warsaw, which was starting on Wednesday evening and whose agenda included Iran, conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Israeli-Palestinian peace.

The controversy comes amid speculation about the objective of the meeting in Poland of top officials from 65 different countries-which also featured President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani calling for regime change in Iran while speaking at a rally outside the summit on behalf of, as Robert Mackey of The Intercept put it, "a cult-like group of Iranian exiles who pay him to represent them".

The U.S. has billed the conference in Warsaw as a meeting about peace and security in the Middle East.

"Iran isn't behaving like a normal country".

The meeting prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to call his own summit with representatives from Iran and Turkey, which is set to take place in Sochi on Thursday.

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