MATTIS, RECEIVING LIBERMAN, WARNS OF ‘LIKELY’ CONFLICT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND IRAN | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

MATTIS, RECEIVING LIBERMAN, WARNS OF ‘LIKELY’ CONFLICT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND IRAN

WASHINGTON — Direct conflict between Israeli and Iranian forces is increasingly likely in Syria as Tehran pursues a permanent military presence there, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned on Thursday.

Addressing a congressional panel before hosting his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Liberman, at the Pentagon, Mattis said it was “very likely” from his perspective, “because Iran continues to do its proxy work there through Hezbollah.”

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