In Rome at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Joint Seminar of the Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group and the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defense and Security Cooperation, MK Omer Barlev (Zionist Camp) said the current developments in the Middle East are unrelated to the “Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” as some of those attending the seminar asserted.

Rather, he said, the developments are mainly the result of two internal issues within the Islamic world: one is the confrontation between moderate Sunni countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan – with ISIS, and the other is the conflict between Shiites and Sunnis in the region.

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The “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” is not connected to the threat against the democratic world emanating from the Middle East, said MK Barlev, who is representing the Knesset at the NATO seminar.

MK Barlev was responding to an assertion by some delegates to the seminar that the “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” serves as a “generator” for the current developments in the Middle East. MK Barlev referred to the statement as “either a cynical comment or a misunderstanding.”

The main reason for the current instability in the Middle East is “the Iranian proxies in the Middle East, whether it’s within Yemen or in Lebanon with Hezbollah,” MK Barlev stated.

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