WATCH: PM Netanyahu’s office leaks video of Arab leaders blasting ‘toxic’ Iran
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has released a video from a closed session at the Warsaw security summit in which Bahrain’s foreign minister endorses Netanyahu’s message that Iran poses the biggest threat to the region.
In the video, Bahrain’s foreign minister, Khalid Al Khalifa, tells an audience that he grew up believing that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is “the most important issue” in the region. But later, he said, “we saw a more toxic one, in fact, the most toxic in our modern history, which came from the Islamic Republic, from Iran.”
“If it wasn’t for the toxic party… guns and food soldiers of the Islamic Republic, I think we would have been much closer today in solving this issue with Israel.”
He also stressed that his country is “under threat.”
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said: “Everywhere in the region of Iran plays a destructive role, look at the Palestinians – who supports Hamas and the Islamic Jihad that harm the Palestinian Authority. Who is making a mess in Syria? Iran. Who is trying to smuggle chemical weapons to Kuwait and Bahrain? Iran. Who is building weapons factories in Sudan? Iran. Who is trying to do a mess in Africa, Indonesia, Thailand? Iran can be found everywhere.”
” If we want peace and stability in the Middle East, we must make clear to the Iranians that if they want to be treated as a normal country they have to behave like a normal country,” he added.
Netanyahu often talks of warming behind-the-scenes ties with Arab leaders. But very rarely are they seen in public.
It was unclear whether Bahrain agreed to leak the video, which bore the insignia of Netanyahu’s office.