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Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it expects Israel to launch a war (Second Coming Watch Update #234)

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Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it expects Israel to launch a war. According to Reuters, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard was quoted as saying that Israel will eventually go beyond threats and will attack Iran. As speculation mounts that Israel could launch air strikes on Iran before U.S. elections in November, Mohammad Ali Ja-fa-ri told a news conference that the Jewish state would be destroyed if it took such a step. He said, "Their threats only prove that their enmity with Islam and the revolution is serious, and eventually this enmity will lead to physical conflict."

An Egyptian presidential aide says he is finalizing a proposal to amend the peace treaty with Israel. According to The Times of Israel, an Egyptian presidential adviser announced on Saturday that he will submit a proposal for amending the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in the coming days. Mohammed al-Daw-la said the proposal will include major changes to the peace treaty's fourth article, which governs the establishment of "limited force zones in Egyptian and Israeli territory" along the shared border with the Sinai Peninsula. Al-Dawla contends that the article limits Egypt's rights to protect the Sinai Peninsula and must be changed.

Syria fires into Jordan as forces clash. According to The Times of Israel, the armed forces of Syria and Jordan clashed on Saturday after Syria fired into Jordanian territory, where thousands of refugees have fled from an 18-month-long civil war between the Bashar Assad regime and opposition fighters. According to a report by Al Jazeera, the Syrian army has moved its Unit 61 brigade — whose main function is to block any possible attack from Israel — from the Golan Heights to the Jordanian border.