Stay silent if you want to protect your interests: Israel PM to Arab leaders

Benjamin Netanyahu.

Two days after Saudi Arabia and other Muslim leaders held a meeting seeking end to genocide in Gaza, the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has warned the Arab leaders.

“If you want to protect your interests, you must do one thing – remain silent!” said Netanyahu said in a television address.

Last week, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries called for an immediate end to military operations in Gaza, rejecting Israel’s justification of its actions against Palestinians as self-defence.

The extraordinary joint Islamic-Arab summit in Riyadh urged the International Criminal Court to investigate “war crimes and crimes against humanity that Israel is committing” in the Palestinian territories, according to a final communique.

Saudi Arabia has sought to press the United States and Israel for an end to hostilities in Gaza, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, gathered Arab and Muslim leaders to reinforce that message.

Dozens of leaders including Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was welcomed back into the Arab League this year, attended.

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