Monday 9 October 2023

Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields

 War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, October 08, 2023

Flash Back: Operation Cast Lead (2008-2009)

Gaza belongs to Palestine. In December 2008, Israeli forces  invaded the Gaza Strip under Operation Cast Lead. The justification for this invasion was: “persistent terrorist activities and a constant missile threat from the Gaza Strip directed at Israeli civilians”.
What was the hidden agenda?
The purpose of Operation Cast Led was to confiscate Palestine’s maritime natural gas reserves. 

In the wake of the invasion, Palestinian gas fields were de facto confiscated by Israel in derogation of international law.

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.” (i)

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. (See Felicity Arbuthnot, Israel: Gas, Oil and Trouble in the Levant, Global Research, December 30, 2013

The Gazan gas fields are part of the broader Levant assessment area.

What has been unfolding is the integration of these adjoining gas fields including those belonging to Palestine into the orbit of Israel. (see map).

It should be noted that the entire Eastern Mediterranean coastline extending from Egypt’s Sinai to Syria constitutes an area encompassing large gas as well as oil reserves.


At 9 October 2023 at 04:04 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

About time the UN specifically passed a resolution stating that it is not compatible with UN membership if Israel attempts to steal Palestinian oil and gas reserves.


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