Israel and Iran made direct military contact on Saturday for the first time, signaling a significant escalation in the multinational entanglement in Syria. This development contains unique elements that several end-of-days experts say presages the Messianic war of Gog and Magog.
The Israeli air-force launched an air-strike overnight on Friday, firing missiles at an Iranian-built military base near the Syrian city of al-Qiswa, southwest of Damascus, approximately 30 miles from the Israeli border.
Nearly 100 warplanes and several hundred of their crews landed in Ovda Airbase in Southern Israel this week in preparation for Blue Flag, a two-week multi-layer international training exercise held once every two years. The exercise will begin on Sunday and will be the largest ever.