US Vice President Mike Pens, on the right, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a bilateral meeting in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday, February 14, 2019. The Polish capital hosts a two-day international conference on Middle East East, jointly organized by Poland and the United States. (AP Photo / Michael Sohn)
Israel's prime minister's office, Benjamin Netanyahu, released a videotape in a closed session in which senior Arab Gulf officials are abolishing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, defending Israel's right to defend and describe Iran as the " the greatest threat to regional peace.
The video, bearing the hallmarks of Netanyahu's cabinet, gave a rare glance to the behind-the-scenes contacts that the Israeli leader was often proud of but rarely seen publicly. The video is recorded on a mobile device and it is not clear who took it.
Netanyahu's office made YouTube's short video available to a small group of journalists who traveled with it before they were quickly downloaded. It is unclear whether his office intends to miss the information or to distribute it in error. However, the decision to take the video shows that Gulf representatives, whose governments have no formal diplomatic relations with Israel, have not given their consent to the release.
The edited 25-minute video shows a series of comments made by officials from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on a panel discussion of a US-sponsored security conference in Warsaw. About 60 countries participated in the meeting, which was heavily focused on counteracting Iran's growing influence in the region
Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid Al Khalifa made some of the toughest comments, saying Iran was a much greater threat for regional security. of the long-term Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"We grew to talk about the Palestinian-Israeli dispute as the most important issue," he says. "But then, at a later stage, we saw a bigger challenge, we saw a more toxic, actually the most toxic in our modern history coming from the Islamic Republic, from Iran."
the "neo-fascist regime" in Tehran, accusing him of plotting to assault his country and destabilize Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
Bahrain, an island state outside Saudi Arabia, which is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet, has long been in tension. relations with Iran. Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi has been pushing for years to control an island with a Shi'a majority. Following the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979, Iran-backed fighters began an unsuccessful attempted coup d'état. Even today, Bahrain accuses Iran of armaments of Shiite fighters amid long-standing repression of all disagreements by the Sunni rulers of the island
While the hostility of Arab countries in the Persian Gulf is well known, Arab leaders generally prohibit similar comments about Palestinians in public high ranking environments.
Israel identifies Iran as the biggest threat. He promised to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria and has made dozens of air strikes for Iranian purposes in the neighboring country.
Asked about Israel's military activities in Syria, OAU Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Naqian of Abu Dhabi's royal family said: "Every nation has the right to defend itself when challenged by another nation."
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubai also accused Iran of defeating the Palestinian cause, supporting militant groups fighting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
"Who supports Hamas and Islamic Jihad and undermines the Palestinian Authority?" he says. "Iran".
Netanyahu was not in the panel, but he could see the audience. Speaking to reporters early Thursday, Netanyahu hints critically on what he calls the "unachievable" friendly atmosphere at the conference. But he has not revealed any details or said who he met. On Wednesday, Netanyahu said he hoped the conference would support the "war on Iran." Later, his cabinet said his comments were incorrectly translated from Hebrew and that he calls everyone to fight Iranian influence.