|King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan|
An overwhelming number of Middle East observers now agree that IAF combat aircraft (likely a pair of F-35I Adir) conducted a strike Sunday afternoon on a vehicular convoy of Iranian proxy militiamen near Albukamal, Deir Ezzor province, Syria. At least five foreign militiamen serving Iran were killed.
Russia has deployed one of its newest main battle tanks, the T-14 Armata, onto the Syrian battlefield. Along with these tanks the Russians have also deployed their newest anti-air laser weapons system, known as the Peresvet, for operational combat testing. The Peresvet is a near clone of the U.S. Navy's AN/SEQ-3 Laser Weapons System (LaWS) and is credited with the recent shoot-down of an Israeli reconnaissance drone flying in Syrian airspace just north of the Golan.
Upgraded Russian MiG-29 were delivered to the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) on 30 May at Hmeimim Air Base. The SAAF intends to use them to engage and shoot down the IAF F-16I Sufa strike aircraft. SAAF pilots commenced flying the MiG-29's yesterday.
A massive amount of armor of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) as well as Hezbollah and other Iranian proxy militia are prepped for an imminent full-scale offensive in the Daraa, Syria region (northeast of the Golan) against a rebel resurgence there. Israel will take a very dim view of such an offensive.
26 May 2020: Today the Commander USAFRICOM released at statement announcing the detection of Russian strike aircraft deploying to eastern Libya from Syria. These aircraft were watched closely from the moment they departed Russian airspace, into Syria, and then across the Mediterranean Sea into Libya. These aircraft will be for ground combat support of Russia's ground forces (Wagner Group) mercenaries fighting to defeat the U.N.-recognized Government of National Accord in Tripoli. Russian pilots in Russian aircraft bombing Libyan soldiers in order to advance Russia's interests in Libya. The link to Ezekiel 38/39 in this action is blatantly obvious.
According to PM Netanyahu yesterday, Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria will commence on 1 July 2020. Jordan annexed Judea and Samaria, as well as East Jerusalem, in the aftermath of Israel's War of Independence in 1948. This was not a problem for Israel at that; no bellicose or warlike threats were made. Yet after Israel conquered Judea and Samaria in the June 1967 war it has remained under Israeli state control ever since. Only now the the Muslim enemies around Israel, and in Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey are bellicose and warlike words heard from their side. Erdogan went so far as to say that he personally would not permit Israel's annexation of Judea and Samaria to occur. Given this level of bellicosity, with or without Turkish threats, should we expect war to erupt in about a month from now if PM Netanyahu fulfills his plan for annexation? Eschatology Today would assess war under these circumstances as a high probability.
18 May 2020: While this may be Part III of the current 'Rumors of War' series, it is also a timely follow-up to Global SITREP D3-19 of 06OCT19, serving to remind us of the events which took place eight months to a year ago as Israel's secular government began devolving into political collapse. Indeed, we've discussed this overall picture now and then for the better part of the past six years.