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Israel Summit: U.S. and Mideast Allies Are Far From United on Iran

The summit in Israel's Negev will provide ample opportunities for photo-ops, lofty speeches and good ambience, but each dignitary brings with them a diversity of interests, with Iran presenting the biggest cleft

Amos Harel
Amos Harel
Amos Harel
Amos Harel

There’s a common thread linking the three summit meetings that were or are being convened in just over a week in the Middle East: the foreign ministers’ summit beginning on Sunday in the Negev, the meeting of leaders held in Sharm al-Sheikh last week and, with all due differences, the visit by Syrian President Bashar Assad to the United Arab Emirates just over a week ago. The multiplicity of high-profile meetings between regional leaders reflects a growing confusion in the face of a series of events – the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the imminent nuclear accord between Iran and the powers, and what seems to be a continuation of the waning American interest in the Middle East.

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