Israel Authorises Mining of Natural Gas off Gaza Shore in Defiance of Palestinian Sovereignty Will Gaza ever get a whiff of its offshore gas?
If you’ve been tuning in to TV news lately, there’s been a lot of chatter about what sort of military action the United States should take against the Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria.
units Avner Oil and Gas LP and Delek Drilling Limited Partnership and Ratio Oil Exploration (1992) LP.” (Leviathan partners signing b Jordanian gas deal, A year following “Operation Cast Lead”, Tel Aviv announced the discovery of the Leviathan natural gas field in the Eastern Mediterranean “off the coast of Israel.” At the time the gas field was: “ …
the most prominent field ever found in the sub-explored area of the Levantine Basin, which covers about 83,000 square kilometres of the eastern Mediterranean region.” Coupled with Tamar field, in the same location, discovered in 2009, the prospects are for an energy bonanza for Israel, for Houston, Texas based Noble Energy and partners Delek Drilling, Avner Oil Exploration and Ratio Oil Exploration.
Clearly, Israel needs additional natural gas sources, while the Palestinian people sorely need new sources of revenue.
It is possible that the prospect of an Israeli gas purchase may have played a role in influencing the Olmert cabinet to avoid ordering a major IDF ground operation in Gaza …
Discussions over Israeli gas exports have rumbled on in Israel for the past few years and ultimately it was decided that Israel can export 40% of its offshore natural gas reserves.
(Leviathan partners signing b Jordanian gas deal, “The Jordanian cabinet approved, last month, the recommendation of the Committee on Economic Development, calling for supplying Jordan with natural gas from the gas field discovered in the Palestinian water of the Gaza Marine, after coordination with the Palestinian Authority.
, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, October 19, 2007) What needs to be understood from that declaration is that Israel will not allow Palestinians to have a viable economy by exploiting their natural resources.
The “terrorist threat” is just a pretext to maintain Palestine under military occupation and continue to steal its land and resources.