(TNS) Tensions between Israel and Iran have steadily increased over the past couple of years as Tehran spreads its influence, weapons, and military personnel throughout the Middle East.

Iran is heavily engaged in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, either directly or through its militarized proxies Hezbollah and Hamas. The former practically controls most of Lebanon.

Iran’s grand scheme is to encircle Israel with its own forces and those of its proxies, creating a ‘land bridge’ from its own borders to the Mediterranean, and then destroy the Jewish state in one massive attack.

For their part, Israeli military and political leaders are anticipating a worse 2020, not a better one in terms of their country’s relations with Iran, according to an analysis published in Ha’aretz on Friday…

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