ISRAEL IS RIFE with rumours of impending war, as rumblings which began in mid-August intensified through September, becoming daily fare as we go to press.

On October 16, Israeli Defence Minister Yitzhak Mordechai said "recent Syrian troop movements may definitely be in preparation for an offensive against Israeli targets in the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon".

Tension has escalated steadily on all Israel's borders, as Egypt, Syria, and Jordan threatened to respond to the "war-mongering" policies of the Netanyahu government.

Events have unfolded as follows:

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