Arab ministers defend Israel, attack Iran

While many Muslim majority nations traditionally have spoken harshly against Israel, lately many of these countries are softening their rhetoric—at least in private—a positive trend we’ve been reporting here. 

But solid evidence of that came in a video that shows three top Arab leaders — from United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia — speaking against Iran and favorably toward Israel while at the Warsaw Middle East summit earlier this month. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office leaked the video. 

“Every nation has the right to defend itself, when it’s challenged by another nation, yes,” UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said in response to a question about Israeli strikes in Syria. 

Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa blamed Iran for negatively affecting the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. 

Netanyahu stand with Arabs leaders and US Vice Present Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Poland. Photo Credit: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo/Twitter.