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Future War: Israel’s Massive Natural Gas Reserve Discoveries Draw Enemy Eyes

Massive Leviathan, Tamar Natural Gas Fields Poised to Transform Israel Into Energy Exporter

for 62 years we have made the desert bloom, innovating water & drip irrigation technologies which have literally changed agriculture and the planet itself. Sadly, our quest for the desert’s more famous yield - Oil has been less than fulfilling. Surrounded by the world’s largest energy exporters Israel until now has been no pun intended, dry.

The planet is addicted to oil, nearly everything today is seemingly petroleum based. But the age of big oil is slowly coming to an end.  Oil is dirty as evidenced by the tragic disaster off the US Gulf Coast. Developed economies are scrambling to move and develop cleaner burning technologies to both supply our fuel, as well as skyrocketing global energy needs. Coal & Oil aren’t going anywhere just yet, but the next century may belong to Natural Gas as the new big boy of global energy.

Tamar & Leviathan

The last 2 years have seen blessings bestowed on the State of Israel with the discovery of massive natural gas fields in the Eastern Mediterranean by Texas based Noble Energy & Israeli consortiums. Discoveries within arms reach of the Israeli coast and within our territorial waters. In 2009 the Tamar Israel discovery rippled across energy markets, Tamar discoveries can power 50% of Israel’s energy needs for the next 4 decades.

Now in 2010 a new unbelievably larger reserve named Leviathan may yield massive amounts of natural gas, estimated at possibly twice the size of Tamar! If Leviathan yields, it can transform Israel into a global energy exporter.

The Leviathan natural-gas site off the Haifa shore could be twice the size of the Tamar prospect, the largest gas discovery globally in 2009, and position Israel as a gas exporter in coming years, US oil operator Noble Energy Inc. said Thursday.

“Today is a day of celebration for all of us. The State of Israel is an energy independent country,” Yitzhak Tshuva, controlling shareholder of Delek Group, said Thursday. Delek is a partner in the Leviathan natural-gas find through its subsidiaries Avner Oil and Gas LP and Delek Drilling LP, who each own 22.67 percent. [...]

“In March, when I was last in Israel, I said that Noble Energy planned to be here for decades to come,” Noble Energy chairman and CEO Charles Davidson said Thursday. “I am thrilled that today’s announcement substantiates the potential of a new and significant energy basin in the eastern Mediterranean, which, if successful, could position Israel as a potential energy exporter in future years.

“I would like to congratulate the State of Israel on the discoveries of the last year and a half, which have the potential to strengthen the economy and security of Israel. Noble is honored to be working with our Israeli partners in this historic development.” [...]

Noble has to date been a gracious partner, aware of the delicate needs in Israel to both drive profit and secure the State energy wise. By the same token, Noble and its consortium of Israeli partners will require the State of Israel to tap these reserves. Apart from licenses, there are unique security needs, as well as substantial infrastructure investments needed which will largely fall on Israel to supply.

Lebanon & Its Embarrassing, Ugly Islamic Step Child – Hezbollah

Of course, If Israel has it, you can rest assured Hezbollah wants to lay its greedy little Islamofacist hands on it. The exploratory permits licensed to Noble and its partners where these discoveries are being made are clearly off Israeli waters.

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The 2009 Tamar Discovery Off the Coast of Haifa

The Lebanese know that the messy little country they have thanks to their pals like Syria & Hezbollah will not draw the billions in foreign exploratory & drilling investment needed to tap whatever reserves may be off their own coast. That has not stopped Lebanon jealously eyeing Israel’s new reserves, or Hezbollah from issuing threats. After all, Israel belongs to them as per Hezbollah ‘logic’ – Muslim lands occupied by Zionist invaders!

Hizbullah: Israel’s gas belongs to us

Hizbullah claims that that the natural gas fields recently discovered in the Mediterranean, belong to Lebanon and warned Israel against extracting gas from them. Iranian English language paper “Tehran Times” quotes Hezbollah’s executive council chief Hashem Safieddine as saying that it would not allow Israel to loot Lebanese gas resources.

Earlier this week, Lebanese parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri told “AFP”, “Israel is racing to make the case a fait accompli and was quick to present itself as an oil emirate, ignoring the fact that, according to the maps, the deposit extends into Lebanese waters. Lebanon must take immediate action to defend its financial, political, economic and sovereign rights.”

Marine law expert Amir Cohen-Dor of the S. Friedman & Co. told “Globes” that the Dalit and Tamar gas fields are within Israel’s contiguous economic zone, and that under the 1982 UN Law of the Sea Convention, Israel can exploit resources in its economic zone.

Gas War Zone?

Both Hezbollah & the Lebanese Parliament which are today one & the same are getting in on the threats. Make no mistake, this is a threat against infrastructure, pipelines, rigs, shipping and investment needed to tap the reserves that will all be required in the future. The Lebanese have gone so far as to issue veiled war threats..

Lebanese daily “As-Safir” today accused Israel of stealing Lebanon’s natural gas.

Lebanese parliamentarians made similar accusations following the discovery of the Tamar and Dalit gas reserves in 2009.

“As-Safir” correspondent Halami Mussa wrote, “Israel plans to steal natural gas from the territorial waters of Lebanon.” He claims that “the reserves are located outside the territorial waters of Israel and are in Lebanese territory.” [...] “a serious political and economic issue”, which could be cause for a diplomatic dispute between Israel and Lebanon.

Mussa said, “The area where the seismic survey was carried out is offshore from the coast of Lebanon, between the international border of Palestine and Cyprus.” He utterly ignores the presence of Israel, but says, “Israel, which received the mandate from Britain, which has no rights to Palestine, gave to some of the license to American companies without any right to do so.”

The Ministry of National Infrastructures Map of Petroleum Rights shows that the Tamar license, as well the licenses that make up the Leviathan structure are located west and northwest of Haifa, south of the Israel-Lebanese border

Potential for conflict is real

With Israeli sovereignty being questioned as usual by Islamists & terrorists, and Lebanon laying absurd claim to Israeli natural gas discoveries the potential for conflict is real. Israeli withdrawals from Lebanon have been certified by the UN, yet that did not stop Hezbollah from launching a war in 2006. The Israeli coastal demarcations are also clear, there is little reason to believe that will stop Hezbollah or its patrons from trying to initiate conflict, terrorism & violence either.

This is part and parcel of the Noble partnership with Israel. Infrastructure - both sea based and land based to process the LNG will need to be patrolled, secured. The State may even be forced into war to secure safe resource extraction.

Turkish Non-Delight!

The notion of Israel becoming an energy player will drive the Iranians and their lapdogs mad, that is to say on top of their already certifiable Islamist state of psychoness. Further, Turkish relations with Israel have been spiralling and it has less to do with Gaza aid flotillas, more to do with large economic interests such as these Gas discoveries.

Israel is poised to knock the Turks a few pegs down on the international scale if it starts exporting large quantities of LNG. This threatens Turkish LNG pipeline plans from Russia, potentially removing them from a profitable picture if Israel begins large sea based exports of LNG to Europe & Asia in the coming decades…

Peace and even clean burning energy in the Middle East does not come cheap.

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  • milandroid

    Happy to see the Turkish unhappy. I’m chuckling!

  • rochelle 3573

    The Lord has truly blessed Israel, it’s the land that flows with milk and honey.My prayers and support are with Israel.

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  • Tom

    Deuteronomy 7:6-7

    For
    thou [art] an holy PEOPLE unto THE LORD thy God: THE LORD thy God hath chosen
    thee TO be a special PEOPLE unto himself, above ALL PEOPLE that [are] upon THE
    face of THE earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose
    you, because ye were more in number than any people; FOR ye [were] THE fewest
    of ALL people:

     

    Deuteronomy 14:2

    For
    thou [art] an holy PEOPLE unto THE LORD thy God, AND THE LORD hath chosen thee
    TO be a peculiar PEOPLE unto himself, above ALL THE nations that [are] upon THE
    earth.

     

    Deuteronomy 20:1-4

    When thou goest out to battle against
    thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, [and] a people more than thou,
    be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee, which brought thee

    up out of the land of Egypt.

    2And it shall be, when ye are come
    nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,

    3And shall say unto them, Hear, O
    Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your
    hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of
    them;

    4For the LORD your God [is] he that
    goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

    And it
    shall be, when ye ARE come nigh unto THE battle, that THE priest shall approach
    AND speak unto THE people,

     

    Deuteronomy
    26:15

    15Look down from thy holy habitation,
    from heaven, and bless thy people Israel, and the land which thou hast given
    us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

    16This day the LORD thy God hath
    commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep
    and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

    17Thou hast avouched the LORD this day
    to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his
    commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice:

    18And the LORD hath avouched thee this
    day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that [thou]
    shouldest keep all his commandments;

    19And to make thee high above all
    nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that
    thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.

     

    Deuteronomy 32:9

    For THE
    LORD’S portion [is] his people; Jacob [is] THE lot of his inheritance.

     

    Deuteronomy
    32:43

    Rejoice,
    O ye nations, [with] his people: FOR he will avenge THE blood of his servants,
    AND will render vengeance TO his adversaries, AND will be merciful unto his
    land, [and] TO his people.

  • Fcmackay

    …and the Lords blessing comes to the Chosen people, just when Eygpt is going into turmoil  and most likely will increase the price of thier gas to Israel or stop it altogether.

    hughie

    ps read the old Testament.

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