Friday, July 16, 2010

Time Line 2010

  • March 19 - Quartet (US, UN, EU and Russia) meets in Moscow and calls on Israel to stop construction in East Jerusalem, freeze settlement construction and begin proximity talks with the Palestinians.

  • March 20 - Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted for first time in 200 years.

  • Intelsat said it lost control of the Galaxy 15 satellite on April 5, possibly because the satellite's systems were knocked out by a solar storm. Intelsat cannot remotely steer the satellite to remain in its orbit, so Galaxy 15 is creeping toward the adjacent path of another TV communications AMC-1 satellite that serves U.S. cable companies. This could be a precursor to the major solar storm expected on May 2013 when some of the world’s 940 satellites will be at risk.

  • April 14-19 - European air space shut down due to ash from Iceland volcano. Over 100,000 flights cancelled costing $1.7 billion in damages. The ashes spread over Europe during Europe's Holocaust Remembrance Week (April 11-18).

  • April 19-20 - Israel's Independence Day - "There is a confluence of two very worrying events," said Michael Freund, a rightist columnist for The Jerusalem Post in a telephone interview. "One is the Iranian threat, an existential threat. Add to that the fact that for the first time in recent memory there is a president in the White House who is not overly sensitive to the Jewish state and its interests. You put the two together and it will affect anyone's mood, even an optimist like me."

  • April 20 - Indyk: Netanyahu must choose: Obama or his right-wing Likud Party.

  • April 20 - Major Gulf of Mexico oil spill begins at Horizon.

  • May 2 - Nashville flood damages estimated at $1.5 billion in that city alone, with more in Tennessee and Kentucky.

  • May 5-8 - George Mitchell in Jerusalem for peace talks.

  • May 5-13 - Iran, Syria and Hezbollah pounding the war drums. Iran developing cruise missile. Kicked off new "eight-day" war games and military maneuvers in the strategic Persian Gulf waters, the country's second military show of force in less than a month.

  • May 10 - Greek debt crisis - EU and US commit $1 trillion to keep euro from collapsing.

  • May 11 - Russia considering providing nuclear energy technology to Syria and Turkey.

  • May 11 - Accuweather's Chief Hurricane Meteorologist Joe Bastardi predicts a total of 16-18 storms this season. To put that in perspective, only eight years in the 160 years of records have had 16 or more storms in a season.

  • May 31 - June 6 - Israel and Turkey at serious odds over flotilla incident. Turkey is continuing to align with Iran and Russia, which are key countries in the Gog and Magog force spoken of in Ezekiel 38-39. Israel being further isolated internationally.
  • King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia visited the White House on the 1th of Tammuz (June 29) to discuss Middle East peace and other issues.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House and committed to peace talks as soon as possible with Palestinians security guarantees.