The comments were made to reporters on the sidelines of the Warsaw Middle East ministerial following Netanyahu's meeting with the Sultanate of Oman's Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Yusuf bin Alawi.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands next to Polish President Andrzej Duda during the family photo at the Middle East conference at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, February 13, 2019. And while dozens of countries are there, many important players are not.
The U.S. has billed the conference in Warsaw as a meeting about peace and security in the Middle East.
"We are operating every day, including yesterday, against Iran".
The aftermath of the Iran nuclear deal has seen the warming of relations, however unofficial and clandestine they may generally be, between Israel and large swaths of the Arab world.
Numerous other users of social media, among them senior journalists, also wondered whether Netanyahu had just openly called for open war with Iran.
While the Trump administration initially promoted its meeting as Iran-focused, "organizers have broadened the scope to include issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fight against the Islamic State group", the Associated Press reported from Warsaw on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised eyebrows on Wednesday when he ostensibly called for "war with Iran".
Oman does not formally recognize Israel. But Israel and the Gulf Arab countries are eager to keep the focus on their shared foe, Iran. "Now we say, this is a new era, for the future".
Noting that "a war with Iran is fundamentally at odds with the security interests of the United States, Israel, the people of Iran, and the entire Middle East", the group declared: "Whether the prime minister's words were intentionally muddled or not, his provocative message needs no interpretation".
The Jerusalem Post reports that, although Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar have all sent representatives to Warsaw for the conference, Palestinian Authority officials are boycotting the USA -sponsored confab due to the Trump administration's 2018 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and its relocation of its Israeli embassy to that capital. The Jerusalem Post reports that the Trump administration is unlikely to make a big splash at the conference with an announcement of its impending Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.