War between Israel and Iranian proxy forces is imminent, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators warned Tuesday after a trip to the Middle East last week, Joe Gould reports for Defense News.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said of talks with Israeli officials, “When they tell you we want help to deal with the blowback that might come from attacks on civilian targets where Hizbullah has integrated military capability, that was pretty striking.”
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said, “The tempo in terms of potential for conflict in Syria has gone up; the technologies Iran is projecting into Syria and southern Lebanon has gone up; Iran’s willingness to be provocative, to push the edges of the envelope, to challenge Israel, has gone up.”
“Israel’s worst nightmare is to have Assad forces with Hizbullah and Iranian Revolutionary Guard elements on their border,” Graham said. “It’s in our interest to stop the Iran-Assad machine.” Coons and Graham called on the administration to present Congress with a plan to counter Iran and Russia.