US-Iran and Israel-Iran tensions timeline 2020

US-Iran and Israel-Iran tensions timeline 2020Updated: 2 hours ago via The Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis 
"This timeline is the second part of a timeline that goes back to 2017, see the first part here. It seeks to include details about rising US-Iran tensions and also Israel-Iran tensions."
January 1
US deploys 100 Marines to Baghdad and sends 750 paratroopers to Middle East. Trump condemns attack on embassy and Pompeo says US will secure its personnel, "The attack today was orchestrated by terrorists – Abu Mahdi al Muhandis and Qays al-Khazali – and abetted by Iranian proxies – Hadi al Amari and Faleh al-Fayyad. All are pictured below outside our embassy."
Report: "These 650 paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment deployed from Pope Army Airfield, N.C. today. The rest of brigade—some 3,000+ soldiers—are 'ready to deploy,' in coming days if needed, 82nd Airborne Division statement says." 82nd Airborne personnel board C-17 Globemasters for the flight.
US SecDef Mark Esper "The United States will protect our people and interests anywhere they are found around the world."
US Special operations of CJTF:OIR: "We are here to help Iraq in its fight against Daesh. Rocket bombardment of coalition and Iraqi forces, and mob violence at US Embassy, orchestrated by Kataib Hezbollah, prevent us from assisting."
US soldiers in Baghdad provide overwatch to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
US releases video of attack on the embassy.
Pompeo speaks with Deputy PM and Foreign Minister of #Qatar, Mohammed Al Thani, Netanyahu and Iraq's Prime Minister.
Pompeo "The attack today was orchestrated by terrorists – Abu Mahdi al Muhandis and Qays al-Khazali – and abetted by Iranian proxies – Hadi al Amari and Faleh al-Fayyad. All are pictured below outside our embassy."
Khamenei says US taking revenge on PMU.
Interior Minister Yassin al-Yasiri “said that American attacks on an Iraqi militia had invited trouble. ‘These are the dangerous ramifications of this strike...What happened today is the danger that we were afraid of and that the Americans should have been afraid of’”.
Graffiti left behind on embassy reads "Soleimani is my leader": "سليماني قائدي"
ISOF members of security forces arrive to guard US embassy.

Analyzing the Deal of the Century

In analyzing the Deal of the Century, I looked to others' opinions on President Trump's plan for a "Palestinian State." With all attempts and failures of the past, I asked myself how this plan would be any different in its response from the Palestinian Authority and the violence it would generate from them and Hamas, the Iranian proxy in Gaza. My immediate reaction was the fear of more rockets and IED balloons launched from Gaza into the southern areas of Israel; the chaos and trauma a tipping point for Israeli citizens. Then the Israel Defense Force response, more damage to their infrastructure but not changing anything. Just more fodder for mainstream media to distort Israel's false standing as 'occupier?'  That was a simple response. There is more to look at.

A must read is Caroline Glick's article: The Oslo blood libel is over.  She outlines the key points of the Deal of the Century and says that the twenty-seven year nightmare of the Oslo Accords are over.
"When you read the Trump plan closely, you realize it is a mirror image of the Oslo Accords. Rather than Israel being required to prove its good will, the Palestinians are required to prove their commitment to peace." 

 The Security Ramifications of the Oslo Accords

What about Iran's reaction? Seth Franzman, another person's analysis I trust, writes that Iran's Quds Force vows to oppose Trump's 'Deal of the Century.' After the killing of the Iranian Major General Soleimani on January 3, 2020, Iran needs to show they still have strength. 

Reaction from the Arab world has been mixed. The Saudi's have not condemned the plan.

Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Authority immediately rejected the new peace plan, has now cut off all security and intelligence agreements with Israel and United States. 

I urge all readers to research these issues and avoid the mainstream media's bias.

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One False Move By Israel or Iran Will Lead to War by Seth J. Frantzman

Seth J. Frantzman is a Jerusalem-based journalist who holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the executive director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis and a writing fellow at Middle East Forum. He is the author of After ISIS: America, Iran and the Struggle for the Middle East (forthcoming Gefen Publishing). Follow him on Twitter  at @sfrantzman.

by Seth J. Frantzman 

"Over the last two years, Israel has warned about Iran’s entrenchment in Syria. But Iran has continued its role in Syria, and it continues to threaten Israel and transfer precision guidance to Hezbollah for converting its rockets." 
"Israel has been monitoring Iranian entrenchment in Syria, weapons transfers that move to Iraq and also to Hezbollah in Lebanon, as well as Iranian-backed groups in Gaza. On November 12 Jerusalem put in motion operation ‘Black Belt,’ the attack on a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander named Bahaa Abu al-Ata. He was a “ticking bomb,” Israel said after the operation, which led to 450 rockets being fired in retaliation from Gaza. There is another ticking bomb in Syria, where Israel struck numerous targets on November 20, a day after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps fired rockets at Israel. One false move by Israel or Iran now could lead to a major regional war. Jerusalem must gamble on its precision airstrikes to deter Tehran.
The Iranian attack towards Israel is further clear proof of the purpose of the Iranian entrenchment in Syria, which threatens Israeli security, regional stability and the Syrian regime,” Israel’s IDF said on Wednesday, November 20. The airstrikes were a major attack on the IRGC’s Quds Force, and also on Syrian air defense systems. Headquarters units, weapons warehouses, and bases were struck. Like in Gaza though, the airstrikes are not unique. Israel has carried out more than one thousand airstrikes in Syria. At the same time, Iran or Iranian-backed groups have sought to attack Israel with rockets and drones five times in the last two years. This includes a drone attack in February 2018, rockets fired in May 2018, a rocket in January 2019, rockets fired in September and on November 19. 
Meanwhile in Gaza...

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During these times when it appears that another holocaust could materialize, it is important that people read about one family's (mine) experience during those horrible times. Sir Martin Gilbert (z"l) wrote the foreword to my book and gave permission for me to use two of his famous maps.

Sir Martin Gilbert

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Gilbert being awarded an honorary doctorate at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, Israel, 2011
Martin John Gilbert

25 October 1936
London, United Kingdom
Died3 February 2015 (aged 78)
London, United Kingdom
EducationHighgate School
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
St Antony's College, Oxford.
OccupationHistorian, author
Known forWinston Churchill's official biography
Twentieth century history
Jewish history

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