Netanyahu Says Warsaw Conference to Focus on Iran, Not Mideast

YERUSHALAYIM -
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP)

As he departed for Warsaw on Tuesday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered a broadside against European countries that have been working and trading with Iran despite the U.S. sanctions.

“Iran is sending terrorists to European capitals and at the same time … some Western European governments are helping Iran. It’s just mindboggling,” he said.

“It’s not the first time we’ve seen this kind of folly,” he added, in apparent reference to the appeasement of Hitler at Munich in 1938.

Netanyahu stressed that the Warsaw conference would focus more on Iran than Mideast peacemaking.

Netanyahu, the only head of state attending the gathering, is slated to meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as visit the city’s Jewish museum and lay a wreath at the Ghetto Heroes Monument, which commemorates the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

There may be other meetings as well. “I’m planning to see everyone who’s there in one big great room,” he said, adding that Israel had good ties with all countries in the region aside from Syria.

No meetings with Arab officials have been scheduled, despite efforts to arrange them, according to the Kan public broadcaster.

Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE, Kuwait, Morocco are all sending foreign ministers, according to Poland.