Thursday, January 20, 2011

New offshore gas and oil fields in Palestine

ED NOTE:  “Oil in Palestine?”  Well, what else has all of this been about?  And, why have the Israelis claimed jurisdiction over so much of that sea over there?  They don’t even allow Palestinians to fish in it.

by Manlio Dinucci -

For years, various companies have been exploring the hydrocarbon deposits in the Levantine Basin, but only a handful of political and economic leaders were privy to the size of the prize. On 29 December 2010, the Israeli authorities gave Noble Energy Inc. the green light to release the news. The communication, announcing that exploitation was taking off after a political freeze, has been coupled with a diplomatic campaign to allow Tel Aviv to siphon off all the reserves to the detriment of the other coastline states.

U.S.-based Noble Energy Inc. recently announced a massive natural gas field discovery, located 130 kilometers offshore of Haifa [1] and consisting of an estimated 450 billion cubic meters. Resources in the surrounding area should total some 700 billion cubic meters. 
Exploration and exploitation are overseen by an international consortium composed by U.S. company Noble Energy Inc., currently the largest shareholder with a 40% stake, plus Israeli enterprises Delek, Avner and Ratio Oil Exploration [2]
This accounts for only a small part of the energy reserves abounding in the Levantine basin, which comprises Israel, the Palestinian territories, Lebanon and their territorial waters. According to U.S. Geological Survey, a U.S. Government agency which has been prospecting in the region for several years, the natural gas deposits in the basin consist of approximately 3 500 billion cubic meters, while the oil reserves have been assessed at 1,7 billion barrels.

The Israeli government, with Washington’s backing, considers it is entitled to all the energy reserves. Israeli national infrastructure minister Uzi Landau declared that the large natural gas fields would not only bring economic benefits to Israeli citizens but could also transform Israel into a gas supplier in the Mediterranean region. However, objected Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri, Israel is disregarding the fact that according to the maps the fields stretch into Lebanese territorial waters. The United Nations Convention stipulates that a coastal state may exploit offshore gas and oil reserves within a zone extending 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from the shore.

According to the sample principle, the reserves belong in great measure also to the Palestinian Authority. From the map drawn up by the U.S. Geological Survey itself, it emerges that the major portion of the gas deposits (around 60%) lie in the waters and territory belonging to Gaza. Exploitation rights were granted by the Palestinian Authority to a consortium formed by British Gas and its partner Consolidated Contractors (based in Athens and owned by two Lebanese families), of which 10% is held by the Palestinian Authority.
Two wells, Gaza Marine-1 and Gaza Marine-2 are ready but not operational. In fact, Tel Aviv has systematically rebuffed all the proposals from the Palestinian Authority and the consortium to export gas to Israel and Egypt. Therefore, the Palestinians possess vast riches which they are unable to exploit.

To seize the totality of the energy reserves – both Palestinian and Lebanese – bathing in the Levantine Basin, Israel has chosen the military option. The Lebanese Foreign Affairs Minister Ali al-Shami recently urged the UN Secretary General to prevent Israel from exploiting the offshore energy reserves located in Lebanese territorial waters. Minister Uzi Landau claimed instead that the reserves are in Israeli waters and warned that his country will not think twice about employing force to protect them. Israel has therefore threatened to attack Lebanon again, like it did in 2006, with the intention this time of impeding it from exploiting its offshore deposits [3].

It is for the same reason that Israel does not accept a Palestinian state. To do so would imply the recognition of Palestinian sovereignty over a large portion of the energy reserves, which Israel wants to grab. It was to this end that the 2008-2009 “Cast Lead Operation” was launched and Gaza caught in the clutches of the blockade. Meanwhile, Israeli war ships control the whole of the Levantine Basin – and hence the offshore oil and gas reserves – within the framework of the NATO-sponsored “Mediterranean Dialogue” to “contribute to the security and stability of the region.

Manlio Dinucci is geographer and geopolitical scientist. His latest books are Geograficamente. Per la Scuola media (3 vol.), Zanichelli (2008) ; Escalation. Anatomia della guerra infinita, DeriveApprodi (2005).



  1. What happen to this blogger, Zionazi Watch - the last post is at 2011! I'm finding some bloggers, especially anti-Zionist or anti-Freemason ones such as, mysteriously disapppearing - what happen to them?!

  2. Actually, this goes all the way back to the US 9/11 GENOCIDE, suspectedly by MOSSAD – first by infiltrating Al-Qaeda, then creating FSA; and now, ISIS/ISIL (see - , ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi Trained by Israeli Mossad, NSA Documents Reveal, By Gulf Daily News, Global Research, July 16, 2014; and at - , 9/11 and Zion: What Was Israel’s Role?, Nick Kollerstrom (with Jim Fetzer), Veterans Today, August 22nd, 2012)!

    Since the Iraq GENOCIDE, Israel and its Western-Zionist allies who suspectedly have conquered the CIA-MI6-NATO, suspectedly ,want to conquer the $TRILLION oil-gas-rich ‘Levant’ (that also include Iraq and Libya - thus why Gaddafi was brutally murdered and toppled)/Levant Basin Province-Leviathan gas field (that include Egypt Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, Greece and Cyprus - thus is why Leftist govts of Cyprus/Greece were toppled and bankrupted) - see , Oil and Gas find offshore Syria motive for US Israeli mercenaryuprising and bloodshed in Syria, Source: PressCore ( August 21st 2012 ), Dec 2 2012; at - , THE NEW MEDITERRANEAN OIL AND GAS BONANZA - PART 2: Rising energy tensions in the Aegean Sea, by F. William Engdahl, 6 March 2012; and at - , Bombing for Oil: Gaza, Israel and the Levant Basin, 07/22/2014.

    Further, all those murdered/kidnapped youth and babies from the Levant/Middle East, will, suspectedly, ensure endless sacrificial supply for cannibal/blood-sucking Zionist/Freemason-obssessed STEM CELL-YOUNG BLOOD research, to achieve ‘immortality’ in the future – under the 'Resurrection' of global Satanic 'Levant/Babylonian'-based NWO-rule by ZIONIST-led CHILD-SACRIFICE-WORSHIPPER IS(IS-SemiramiS, incestuous mother/wife of Babylonian Nimrod or sister/wife of Egyptian Osiris - who then is worshipped as ‘goddess’ of sex orgies-incest-prostitution/war) - RA (Horus, son of Egyptian 'godly' couple Isis-Osiris/Nimrod reborn as ‘Sun-god’) - EL (Nimrod/Baal/Osiris/Moloch-Molech/Iblis/Sun-'god'/Saturn/Satan/Lucifer/Apollo). Thus, I suspect why, ISIS/ISIL, is now reported as only under IS/”Islamic State” by Zionist-controlled Western medias!

    Further, see also -, Freemasonry And The Oath Of Nimrod: The Masonic Connection To The Ancient Babylonian Mystery Religion, Posted by Shattered Paradigm, December 05, 2009
    (this blogger of this great blog seems to be missing since 2012).

  3. Noble Energy should be sued for BILLIONS by the unfortunate INDIGENOUS Palestinians in the US court for this Gaza OIL-GAS-ROBBERY!