(Jerusalem, Israel) — This week, the U.S. convened a summit in the Polish capital of Warsaw that was important, and possibly historic, for three reasons:
- First, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Arab Foreign Ministers met together, sat together, ate together, worked together, and even did a photo-op together.
- Second, leaders from at least 60 countries — including Israel and the Arabs — agreed Iran is the number one threat and the best way to counter Iran is to work more closely together.
- Third, the U.S. indicated it will finally unveil its blueprint for a final, comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace plan after the Israeli elections in April.
As I’ve been reporting for several years now, intelligence and security cooperation — particularly against Iran — has been underway between Israel and her Sunni Arab neighbors for quite some time, but almost all of it has been purposefully kept hidden.
This week, it came out into the sunlight.
“The winds of change [are being] felt across the Middle East,” Vice President Pence said in his address to the summit, noting numerous examples.
I’ll be discussing these issues more as I release my new thriller, The Persian Gamble, on March 12th.
For now, though, I’d encourage you to read carefully through the following articles, or at the very least, browse these extraordinary headlines:
- Vice President Mike Pence: “The greatest threat to peace and security in the Middle East is the Islamic Republic of Iran.” (full text of VP’s remarks, White House)
- Iran could get nuclear weapon within two years, intel assessments find (Jerusalem Post)
- U.S. meeting on Middle East brings together Israel, Gulf Arab states (Reuters)
- Arab message from Warsaw: No Palestinian veto power over Israel contacts (Jerusalem Post)
- Veteran peace hands see growing Israeli-Arab alignment in Warsaw (Al-Monitor)
- Leaked video offers glimpse of emerging Israel-Arab alliance (Israel Hayom)
- In clip leaked by PMO, Arab ministers seen defending Israel, attacking Iran (Times of Israel)
- Palestinians say Warsaw talks “normalize” Israeli occupation (Arab News)
- Pence Accuses Europe of Busting Sanctions Against ‘Murderous’ Iran (Wall Street Journal)
- Israel, Gulf States commend Kushner’s peace effort — U.S. Mideast blueprint to be divulged after Israeli elections in April (Wall Street Journal)
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