Thursday, July 10, 2014

IDF's Gaza assault is to control Palestinians Gas. And so much more

One reason for Israel's assault on Gaza. Straight up resources theft! 
There are others- read on

Updates at bottom recalling previous news on Israel's covetous ways
  IDF's Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis Yesterday, Israeli defence minister and former Israeli Defence Force (IDF) chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon announced that Operation Protective Edge marks the beginning of a protracted assault on Hamas. The operation "won't end in just a few days," he said, adding that "we are preparing to expand the operation by all means standing at our disposal so as to continue striking Hamas."
 Blah, blah 'strike Hamas'. Blah, blah 'terror. The usual buzzwords. Waste of time
But in 2007, a year before Operation Cast Lead, Ya'alon's concerns focused on the 1.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas discovered in 2000 off the Gaza coast, valued at $4 billion. Ya'alon dismissed the notion that "Gaza gas can be a key driver of an economically more viable Palestinian state" as "misguided." The problem, he said, is that:
Israel does not want a more viable Palestinian state. Israel wants it all!
"Proceeds of a Palestinian gas sale to Israel would likely not trickle down to help an impoverished Palestinian public. Rather, based on Israel's past experience, the proceeds will likely serve to fund further terror attacks against Israel…
Israel hasn't known true terror. Not like the Palestinians. Not like the Syrians. Usual perpetuation of victimhood meme.
A gas transaction with the Palestinian Authority [PA] will, by definition, involve Hamas. Hamas will either benefit from the royalties or it will sabotage the project and launch attacks against Fatah, the gas installations, Israel – or all three… It is clear that without an overall military operation to uproot Hamas control of Gaza, no drilling work can take place without the consent of the radical Islamic movement."
Since the discovery of oil and gas in the Occupied Territories, resource competition has increasingly been at the heart of the conflict, motivated largely by Israel's increasing domestic energy woes.
Mark Turner, founder of the Research Journalism Initiative, reported that the siege of Gaza and ensuing military pressure was designed to "eliminate" Hamas as "a viable political entity in Gaza" to generate a "political climate" conducive to a gas deal. This involved rehabilitating the defeated Fatah as the dominant political player in the West Bank, and "leveraging political tensions between the two parties, arming forces loyal to Abbas and the selective resumption of financial aid."
Ya'alon's comments in 2007 illustrate that the Israeli cabinet is not just concerned about Hamas – but concerned that if Palestinians develop their own gas resources, the resulting economic transformation could in turn fundamentally increase Palestinian clout.
Palestinian clout. Israel can't have that. Israel has done everything possible to deny Palestine any strengths.
Meanwhile, Israel has made successive major discoveries in recent years - such as the Leviathan field estimated to hold 18 trillion cubic feet of natural gas – which could transform the country from energy importer into aspiring energy exporter with ambitions to supply Europe, Jordan and Egypt. A potential obstacle is that much of the 122 trillion cubic feet of gas and 1.6 billion barrels of oil in the Levant Basin Province lies in territorial waters where borders are hotly disputed between Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and Cyprus.
And Israel wants it all!

Amidst this regional jockeying for gas, though, Israel faces its own little-understood energy challenges. It could, for instance, take until 2020 for much of these domestic resources to be properly mobilised.
But this is the tip of the iceberg. A 2012 letter by two Israeli government chief scientists – which the Israeli government chose not to disclose – warned the government that Israel still had insufficient gas resources to sustain exports despite all the stupendous discoveries. The letter, according to Ha'aretz, stated that Israel's domestic resources were 50% less than needed to support meaningful exports, and could be depleted in decades:
"We believe Israel should increase its [domestic] use of natural gas by 2020 and should not export gas. The Natural Gas Authority's estimates are lacking. There's a gap of 100 to 150 billion cubic meters between the demand projections that were presented to the committee and the most recent projections. The gas reserves are likely to last even less than 40 years!"
As Dr Gary Luft - an advisor to the US Energy Security Council - wrote in the Journal of Energy Security, "with the depletion of Israel's domestic gas supplies accelerating, and without an imminent rise in Egyptian gas imports, Israel could face a power crisis in the next few years… If Israel is to continue to pursue its natural gas plans it must diversify its supply sources."
Israel's new domestic discoveries do not, as yet, offer an immediate solution as electricity prices reach record levels, heightening the imperative to diversify supply. This appears to be behind Prime Minister Netanyahu's announcement in February 2011 that it was now time to seal the Gaza gas deal. But even after a new round of negotiations was kick-started between the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority and Israel in September 2012, Hamas was excluded from these talks, and thus rejected the legitimacy of any deal.
Earlier this year, Hamas condemned a PA deal to purchase $1.2 billion worth of gas from Israel Leviathan field over a 20 year period once the field starts producing. Simultaneously, the PA has held several meetings with the British Gas Group to develop the Gaza gas field, albeit with a view to exclude Hamas – and thus Gazans – from access to the proceeds. That plan had been the brainchild of Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair.(evil)
PA making deals to develop Gazan gas fields to the exclusion of Gazans. Including what parties, then?
But the PA was also courting Russia's Gazprom to develop the Gaza marine gas field, and talks have been going on between Russia, Israel and Cyprus, though so far it is unclear what the outcome of these have been. Also missing was any clarification on how the PA would exert control over Gaza, which is governed by Hamas.
According to Anais Antreasyan in the University of California's Journal of Palestine Studies, the most respected English language journal devoted to the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel's stranglehold over Gaza has been designed to make "Palestinian access to the Marine-1 and Marine-2 gas wells impossible." Israel's long-term goal "besides preventing the Palestinians from exploiting their own resources, is to integrate the gas fields off Gaza into the adjacent Israeli offshore installations." This is part of a wider strategy of:
"…. separating the Palestinians from their land and natural resources in order to exploit them, and, as a consequence, blocking Palestinian economic development. Despite all formal agreements to the contrary, Israel continues to manage all the natural resources nominally under the jurisdiction of the PA, from land and water to maritime and hydrocarbon resources."
For the Israeli government, Hamas continues to be the main obstacle to the finalisation of the gas deal. In the incumbent defence minister's words: "Israel's experience during the Oslo years indicates Palestinian gas profits would likely end up funding terrorism against Israel. The threat is not limited to Hamas… It is impossible to prevent at least some of the gas proceeds from reaching Palestinian terror groups."
The only option, therefore, is yet another "military operation to uproot Hamas."
Unfortunately, for the IDF uprooting Hamas means destroying the group's perceived civilian support base – which is why Palestinian civilian casualties massively outweigh that of Israelis. Both are obviously reprehensible, but Israel's capacity to inflict destruction is simply far greater.
 The death of those three boys was a boon for Israel. He who benefits from the deed in all probability did the deed!

Previous postings regarding Gaza's and Lebanon's energy resources- Coveted by Israel
Israel forgets- Though shalt not covet they neighbours goods 
 2010- Massive natural gas resources to spark attack on Lebanon

2010- Israel set to export natural gas, but, is it theirs to export ? 

2009-  aha ! Palestinian natural gas coveted by Israel


  1. If there are any readers unaware that Gaza had such natural resources, later, I will relink some old posts into the above one dealing with Gazan energy. A topic that has been discussed here previously

    1. What I would like to see is a good write up on what Hamas really is.

    2. Why don't you undertake that task, then?

  2. Israel HATES.
    Deutoronomy 15:6 "For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee."
    Deuteronomy 7:16, 20:16 “And thou shalt consume all the peoples which the Lord thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them…thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth.”
    Israel EXONERATES the Nazis
    The Nazis copied the Jewish TORAH point by point
    Numbers c.5 v.2-4
    Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
    Exodus c.32 v.27
    Numbers c.11 v.1-2
    Numbers c.16 all
    Numbers c.21 v.5-6
    Numbers v.26 v.10
    KILL anyone who engages in "DIVERSITY" or "INTEGRATION"
    Numbers v25 v.4-8
    Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
    Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
    Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
    Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
    Numbers c.31 all Midianites
    Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
    Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
    Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
    Where are THEIR "holocaust" Memorials!
    Numbers c.21 v.25
    Numbers c.32 v.39
    Numbers c.33 v.53
    (just to name a FEW)
    Numbers c.33 v.31-34
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
    Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
    Jews SELF-anointed "The CHOSEN People of GOD"
    Nazis SELF-anointed "The GENETICALLY CHOSEN People of God".
    TODAY Israel states that it is creating "A PURE Jewish State"
    YESTERDAY the Nazis were creating "A PURE German State"
    WHY is anyone surprised that the inventors of genocide, engage in genocide?

    1. I will agree that the NAZIs and the ZIONists have many commonalities

  3. The death of the three Jewish boys was so convenient for the Israeli government that I found myself wondering whether it was a false flag attack.... Nah. But, then again....

    And, of course, energy control is behind the all the Western attacks on the Middle East, what with "our oil" being under their sand and all.


    1. HI jawbone- definitely the deaths of the Jewish boys was oh so convenient for Israel and beneficial to Israel.....
      Ask who benefits and you know the perpetrator

    2. Here's a lengthy but very good article on, Pen, regarding the israeli teens

      Psychopathic 'Morality': The Truth Behind the Kidnapping and Murder of 3 Israeli Teens

    3. Nice find james. Watched that video at the end and just about choked. Showing damage from israel's airstrikes and insinuating that the damage was caused by Hamas rockets. psycos...

      Penny, you will like this one... almost like you wrote it. ;)

    4. Thanks James- I did catch the news about Diane Sawyer's 'gaffe' NOT!
      will read the rest, looks to be a good one!

    5. Paul; that one was shorter and admittedly, when you said, almost as if I wrote it, I wondered what could this be?
      And there it is- Israel wanting to take back the Sinai
      Yes, this is why I had difficulty supporting the coup against the MB fellow there? Geez his name is escaping me?
      It only seemed to be a move to create more trouble, more strife, more division- because that is what it is about
      I see Egypt has upped the prices of fuel in a big way- this will create ever more difficulty, strife and dissent-

  4. Talking of Israel; Niqnaq has dug up an interesting story here- appears that what Kurginyan is doing is insinuating (without actually saying) that Usa is running all the Jihadi groups as false-flag operations, but that Israel is as much a victim of this Usa strategy as Russia is, and therefore that Israel should offer Russia its covert assistance in combating these Usaian false-flag groups – a very attractive lure. But in reality, Israel is playing a double game here...

    I think what Anonymous was perhaps alluding to is that Hamas is very good at providing Israel with an excuse to further persecute the Palestinians but they are not that good at looking after Palestinian interests. In effect a false-flag group - serving Israel while pretending to be their enemy. But I'm sure we've discussed that in the past.

    You're doing a great job Penny, KUTGW.

    1. HI Freethinker!
      I went over to niqnaq's blog and had a peak. Read through what he had wrote and put one video on, but, it's Russian..
      Anyway- It's obvious, to me, that Israel is completely in bed with the jihadis and is not a victim of them in any way shape or form
      So, I would agree Israel is playing a double game, minimally.
      Who the heck knows perhaps a triple game?!?
      Thinking about Israeli involvement with the jihadis, how deep were/are they in with the Chechens. A look how involved they were with Georgia back in 08 and likely up to today. Therefore Israel is not a victim.

      regarding the anonymous comment from earlier?
      I never know what people are asking or suggesting to me when they make that kind of comment?
      Am I being baited?
      So as soon as I say A, they say B?
      Is it an honest inquiry?
      I have no idea- shrugs shoulders.

      To be honest- Hamas is an Israeli intelligence asset- The lower level members likely aren't. But the highers ups that control those below in a typical top down controlled manner are Israeli assets!
      They are colluding with Israel and the US to shift Palestinians into Jordan.
      All stuff I have blogged on previously...
      They set up shop in Jordan years back to prep for the shift.
      It's a big freak show and too many innocent persons will die.
      People have to stop looking to 'leaders' and 'leadership' this is a trap for us, and we have fallen into it for far to long.

      Thanks freethinker :)
      I try. I really do

  5. I wish Assad would do the right thing and attack Israel.