US defense chief lands in Israel, will meet Netanyahu Friday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday morning after the latter lands in Israel today for a two-day visit.

The two will discuss regional challenges, including Iran efforts to dominate the region and its use of proxy fighting forces in Lebanon, Syria and elsewhere, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

The situation in conflict-ridden Syria, the fight against Islamic State and other terror groups, and the two nations’ security cooperation will also be on the agenda, the PMO says.

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