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Ahead of peace meeting in Warsaw, Netanyahu threatens war with Iran

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14.02.2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu | Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

Bibi tweets that countries are ‘sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran.’

By David M. Herszenhorn

2/14/19, 3:21 AM CET

WARSAW — A barrage of Twitter-fire quickly torched any notion of a Middle East peace conference — along with any illusions the meeting in Warsaw was not designed to focus on Iran.

As officials from dozens of nations gathered for the U.S.-sponsored event in the Polish capital Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a tweet threatening war with Iran.

Proclaiming the historic importance of the event, the Israeli prime minister's official account tweeted: "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."

Oops.

The tweet was quickly deleted and replaced with a new one that used slightly softer language about "the common interest of combating Iran."

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 combating Iran.

— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) February 13, 2019

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