Israeli leader to attend Mideast conference in Poland

An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be attending an international summit on the Middle East next week in Poland

JERUSALEM -- An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend an international summit on the Middle East next week in Poland.

The U.S. and Poland are sponsoring the Feb. 13-14 conference, which they say is aimed at promoting peace and security in the region.

The Israeli official who confirmed Netanyahu's participation on Sunday spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement has not been made.

Netanyahu is an outspoken critic of Iran, which was not invited to the conference. Iran has called the gathering an anti-Iran "circus."

Russia has also said it will not attend. The event has also received a lukewarm response from the European Union, whose foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, is also skipping the event.

A final list of participants has not been announced.