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Escalated attacks against Israel are setting up Trump’s ‘deal of the century’

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All of the players in the Middle East and around the world are watching the conflict between Israel and the militants in the Gaza Strip within Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). This is by design. The timing is too perfect.

In the coming weeks, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and his team will be presenting their Middle East peace plan. The unveiling could be just over a month away following the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on June 4. By that time, it’s likely Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be forming a coalition government.

The Gaza Strip has been in a growing state of chaos for months as its people have been taking to the streets to protest living conditions in the area. They are sanctioned or blocked by multiple governments and organizations, making it difficult to get the necessary resources. But even if they received them, it’s unlikely they would go where they’re needed. Many have viewed past aggressions as attempts to garner sympathy and force international aid to be pushed through.

But the ongoing attacks today, which now include over 700 rockets and mortars fired into Israel, are a completely different degree of escalation. Both sides are talking about all-out war, and while neither Hamas nor Iran-backed Islamic Jihad is impotent, they are in no position to wage war against Israel without causing extreme harm to their tiny region.

That’s the point. They want to be harmed. Or, to be more specific, they leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad want the people living in their territory to be harmed by Israel to expand the already-unfathomable level of hatred towards the Jewish state from the international community.

This is why they commit, as Netahyahu calls it, “double war crime” by indiscriminately shooting at civilians from civilian centers. They are like comic book villains who hide behind the innocent while attacking other innocents, daring the good guys to try to hit them without harming the innocents. It’s sickening.

But this isn’t just about Israel. The Palestinian Authority is also an indirect target of the Hamas/PIJ. The hope is to center negotiations on the Gaza Strip first and foremost, giving them the leverage for additional influence over East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The PA wants to unify a Palestinian state under their authority, but Hamas has eyes on reversing that notion. This is why the timing of their attacks is significant. They want a bigger seat at the table and they’re willing to use rockets to force the issue.

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Meanwhile PA leader Mahmoud Abbas is stuck trying to retain control and relevance. He may not be able to retain either.

When things don’t seem to make sense, such as the incessant attacks on Israel by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, don’t assume it’s random. They want a bigger seat at the peace plan table and they’re willing to kill to get it.

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Two weeks after Benghazi attack, Ilhan Omar Tweeted ‘Allahu Akbar’

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Two weeks after Benghazi attack Ilhan Omar Tweeted Allahu Akbar

This is old news, of course, but bears repeating at this time. Representative Ilhan Omar has been doing everything she can over the last couple of weeks to paint herself as the victim of bigotry and someone who loves our country. And while there’s definitely some substance to the notion that crowds of Republicans shouldn’t be chanting “send her back,” it’s also understandable why so many Americans are opposed to her presence on Capitol Hill.

Even if we dismiss reports that she married her brother, called for CBP to be eliminated, said this is “not going to be the country of white people,” referred to 9/11 as “some people did something,” and is regularly praised by former KKK leader David Duke, it’s difficult to dismiss her reaction to the Benghazi attacks that took the lives of four American heroes in 2012.

I’m not going to dignify her Tweet with an opinion. She’s the one who needs to explain it. But despite her celebration, life isn’t good for the four men who lost there’s in Benghazi. Remember this, folks, as Democrats embrace her wholeheartedly.

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Iran has seized a British tanker

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Evidence points to Iran seizing British tanker

Update 2: They may have captured a second British tanker.

Update 1: Iran has confirmed it seized the tanker.

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A British oil tanker traveling through the Strait of Hormuz to Saudi Arabia has made some strange maneuvers, causing speculation that it has been seized by Iran.

The tanker, Stena Impero, veered off course according to positioning trackers and is now heading towards the Iranian island of Qeshm which has a substantial Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) base. British authorities are seeking answers.

The Islamic republic has threatened retaliation for the British seizure of an Iranian tanker heading towards Syria, which would break an EU sanction. Five Iranian attack vessels confronted a British tanker last week but quickly retreated when the Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose closed in.

Iran has long claimed sovereignty over the international waters of the Strait of Hormuz. They attempted to stage bombings of two oil tankers last month and four in May in hopes of being able to act as defenders of the Strait, but U.S. video of the second round of bombings caught an Iranian ship removing an unexploded mine from the haul. With that potential bargaining chip off the table, it appears they’re trying to work their way to the negotiating table by force.

A collapsing economy is forcing Iran to make aggressive moves. This is standard operating procedure for the desperate. An international military response may be in order to abate further acts of terrorism by Iran.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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Is war with Iran inevitable?

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Is war with Iran inevitable

Aggressive actions have become commonplace between Iran and the United States over the last two months. The U.S. sent the powerful Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber squadron to the region following the defection and intelligence cache delivery by former Iranian Brigadier General Ali Nasiri. Since then, Iran has been bombing tankers, shooting down American drones, and attempting to seize a British Tanker.

Today, the escalation continued as Iran admitted to capturing at least one foreign oil tanker. Then, the United States sent the USS Boxer, loaded with 2000 Marines, into the Persian Gulf where it shot down an Iranian drone that came within 1000 yards of the ship.

Is war inevitable?

No. There is still a very good chance President Trump will not risk reelection by engaging in another unpopular Middle East war. There are those who think Iran will push it too far, and that may be the case, but their goal would be to provoke attack, not war. It behooves them to get hit by the United States so they can play the victim card in the international arena. This is why they’ll poke, prod, annoy, and continue to be aggressive without going so far as to make war warranted.

An attack by the west is the best thing Iran can hope to happen at this point. Their economy is crumbling. Their terror and military proxies are hurting because of the dried up funds no longer coming in from Tehran. They can’t seem to sneak an oil tanker around Africa to Syria, one of the few places willing to disregard U.S. sanctions against Iran. So they’re left with either giving up their nuclear weapons ambitions altogether or provoking a war without being clearly seen as the aggressors.

Even though I do not believe war is inevitable, I don’t see a way to completely avoid military action. Iran won’t stop until they’ve forced an attack against them.

The Middle East has always been a volatile place. With Iran doing everything they can to appear like the victims to the international community while still seeming strong internally, strikes may be inevitable but war is not.

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