There have been many false alarms, and Ive criticised some on this very forum, but I cant think of a time in recent history when a direct conflict with Iran was more likely.

Its long been a strategic aim of Israel to denude Iran's capabilities. Netanyahu's increasingly deranged presentations are evidence of that, and it seems they may have found their moment. They've never had a better climate in Washington with Bolton and Trump, support from the Saudis and gulf states... Sniping journalists, torturing children and executing wounded teenagers gets boring after a while... so why not launch an insanely reckless attack on a Russian ally in the centre of a volatile region already torn by conflict?