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The case for a Tillerson to Israel moment

wreckage of warplane
The remains of an Israeli F-16 that crashed after coming under Syrian fire. Photo: Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's Middle East trip comes on the heels of Iranian escalation in the Syrian conflict that poses new security risks for Israel.

Tehran has long backed Syria’s president, Bashar al Assad, in no small part because he permits the Iranians a connection to Lebanon and transit for their support of Hezbollah. But Iran has now developed a military presence and infrastructure in Syria — not to defend Assad but to open a second front against Israel.