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Real Reason For U.S./Israeli Siege Of Gaza

The Palestinian people have an abundance of oil and natural gas deposits,
both on the strip and offshore. The U.S., Israel, U.K., Canada, and allied
democracies all want the natural gas and oil in Gaza.
The Palestinian people have been sitting on a major gas field that contains at least 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas, as well as an abundant
reserve of oil located 22 miles off the Gaza Strip coast.
The Palestinian people were excited with the financial stability and economic freedom the oil and gas reserves would give them, but
unfortunately the Palestinians have not been able to achieve the financial success and independence they needed.

Like Afghanistan and Iraq, the wars in Somalia, Darfur, Congo, and other places, are waged for oil, natural gas, uranium, and other resources.
The war in Afghanistan was not about killing Osama bin Laden or other "terrorists." It was about invading and occupying Afghanistan for the
purpose of building pipelines to bring in over one million barrels a day, which in turn is sold by the democracies to their international customers.

Palestinian oil and gas is no secret to the church-state democracies. It is just a secret to their citizens. The democracies do not want their
citizens to know that they are carrying out wholesale genocide around the world for oil, gas, metals, and other commodities.
Democracies have always operated this way, using lies and the point of a gun to steal land or buy it "lower than wholesale" from the Indigenous
peoples.

The United States, Israel, and other democracies, would rather portray the Palestinians as grovelling in poverty as well as being "terrorists"
who want to kill everyone else. Not surprisingly, the western medias remain silent about the gas and oil in Gaza and the efforts by western
democracies to prevent the Palestinians' from developing their natural resources.
To prevent the Palestinians from developing their oil industry, the Israelis keep the Gaza area in constant turmoil, and importing natural gas
from Egypt.

The U.S., Israel, and allies cannot afford to allow the oil and gas revenues to empower the Palestinians. The western democracies must keep
the Palestinians in a state of poverty and starvation. It would be against the interests of western democracies to have the Palestinians investing
in the infrastructure of their legitimately elected government, Hamas. The U.S., Israel, and allies untruthfully claim that the Palestinians would
use the oil and gas revenues to fund acts of terrorism around the world.
The western democracies want the Palestinians to be crushed and disappeared. The west wants the Palestinians' oil and gas, and Israel wants
the entire Gaza Strip to expand its territories for its settler citizens. The U.S. and Israel will have access to the Gaza coastlines for their navies,
which would help enforce the hegemony of western democracies.

If the Palestinians would be allowed to develop their energy program, they could live decently and independently. The Palestinian people would
no longer portrayed in western medias as living willingly in continuous poverty. They could be rid of their impoverished image. The world would
now see them as the bright and shining human beings they really are.
However, these bright and shining human beings will be harder to disappear than the methods used by Israel and the west, including referring
to the Palestinians as untermenschen.....a term they borrowed from the Nazis, which means "inferior people."

its the gas and oil 10.Jan.2009 09:38

samurai jack

In 2000, extensive gas reserves were found off the Gaza coastline.
This is a war of occupation and the invasion of Gaza by the Israeli military, with assistance from U.S. forces, is about controlling and owning
the offshore gas reserves.

In November 1999, the Palestinian Authority signed a 25 year agreement with British Gas and the Consolidated Contractors International
Company to explore for oil and gas. CCIC is based in Athens, Greece and is owned by the Koury and Sabbagh families of Lebanon.
 http://www.ccc.gr
 link to www.bg-group.com

The rights to the offshore gas field are respectively British Gas (60 percent); Consolidated Contractors (CCC) (30 percent); and the Investment Fund of the Palestinian Authority (10 percent). (Haaretz, October 21, 2007).

The PA-BG-CCC agreement includes field development and the construction of a gas pipeline.(Middle East Economic Digest, Jan 5, 2001).

The BG licence covers the entire Gazan offshore marine area, which is contiguous to several Israeli offshore gas facilities. It should be noted that 60 percent of the gas reserves along the Gaza-Israel coastline belong to Palestine.

The BG Group drilled two wells in 2000: Gaza Marine-1 and Gaza Marine-2. Reserves are estimated by British Gas to be of the order of 1.4 trillion cubic feet, valued at approximately 4 billion dollars. These are the figures made public by British Gas. The size of Palestine's gas reserves could be much larger.

Who Owns the Gas Fields
The issue of sovereignty over Gaza's gas fields is crucial. From a legal standpoint, the gas reserves belong to Palestine.
The death of Yasser Arafat, the election of the Hamas government and the ruin of the Palestinian Authority have enabled Israel to establish de facto control over Gaza's offshore gas reserves.

British Gas (BG Group) has been dealing with the Tel Aviv government. In turn, the Hamas government has been bypassed in regards to exploration and development rights over the gas fields.

The election of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2001 was a major turning point. Palestine's sovereignty over the offshore gas fields was challenged in the Israeli Supreme Court. Sharon stated unequivocally that "Israel would never buy gas from Palestine" intimating that Gaza's offshore gas reserves belong to Israel.
In 2003, Ariel Sharon, vetoed an initial deal, which would allow British Gas to supply Israel with natural gas from Gaza's offshore wells. (The Independent, August 19, 2003)

The election victory of Hamas in 2006 was conducive to the demise of the Palestinian Authority, which became confined to the West Bank, under the U.S. puppet Mahmoud Abbas.
In 2006, British Gas "was close to signing a deal to pump the gas to Egypt." (Times, May, 23, 2007). British Prime Minister Tony Blair intervened on behalf of Israel with a view to shunting the agreement with Egypt.

The following year, in May 2007, the Israeli Cabinet approved a proposal by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert "to buy gas from the Palestinian Authority." The proposed contract was for $4 billion, with profits of the order of $2 billion of which one billion was to go the Palestinians.
Tel Aviv, however, had no intention on sharing the revenues with Palestine. An Israeli team of negotiators was set up by the Israeli Cabinet to thrash out a deal with the BG Group, bypassing both the Hamas government and the Palestinian Authority:

"Israeli defence authorities want the Palestinians to be paid in goods and services and insist that no money go to the Hamas-controlled Government."

The objective was essentially to nullify the contract signed in 1999 between the BG Group and the Palestinian Authority under Yasser Arafat.

Under the proposed 2007 agreement with BG, Palestinian gas from Gaza's offshore wells was to be channeled by an undersea pipeline to the Israeli seaport of Ashkelon, thereby transferring control over the sale of the natural gas to Israel.

The deal fell through. The negotiations were suspended:

"Mossad Chief Meir Dagan opposed the transaction on security grounds, that the proceeds would fund terror". (Member of Knesset Gilad Erdan, Address to the Knesset on "The Intention of Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to Purchase Gas from the Palestinians When Payment Will Serve Hamas," March 1, 2006, quoted in Lt. Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon, Does the Prospective Purchase of British Gas from Gaza's Coastal Waters Threaten Israel's National Security? Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, October 2007)
 link to www.jcpa.org

Israel's intent was to foreclose the possibility that royalties be paid to the Palestinians. In December 2007, The BG Group withdrew from the negotiations with Israel and in January 2008 they closed their office in Israel.(BG website).

Invasion Plan on The Drawing Board

The invasion plan of the Gaza Strip under "Operation Cast Lead" was set in motion in June 2008, according to Israeli military sources:

"Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago [June or before June] , even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas."(Barak Ravid, Operation "Cast Lead": Israeli Air Force strike followed months of planning, Haaretz, December 27, 2008)
 http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=11521

That very same month, the Israeli authorities contacted British Gas, with a view to resuming crucial negotiations pertaining to the purchase of Gaza's natural gas:

"Both Ministry of Finance director general Yarom Ariav and Ministry of National Infrastructures director general Hezi Kugler agreed to inform BG of Israel's wish to renew the talks.

The sources added that BG has not yet officially responded to Israel's request, but that company executives would probably come to Israel in a few weeks to hold talks with government officials." (Globes online- Israel's Business Arena, June 23, 2008)

The decision to speed up negotiations with British Gas (BG Group) coincided, chronologically, with the planning of the invasion of Gaza initiated in June. It would appear that Israel was anxious to reach an agreement with the BG Group prior to the invasion, which was already in an advanced planning stage.

Moreover, these negotiations with British Gas were conducted by the Ehud Olmert government with the knowledge that a military invasion was on the drawing board. In all likelihood, a new "post war" political-territorial arrangement for the Gaza strip was also being contemplated by the Israeli government.

In fact, negotiations between British Gas and Israeli officials were ongoing in October 2008, 2-3 months prior to the commencement of the bombings on December 27th.

In November 2008, the Israeli Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of National Infrastructures instructed Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) to enter into negotiations with British Gas, on the purchase of natural gas from the BG's offshore concession in Gaza. (Globes, November 13, 2008)

"Ministry of Finance director general Yarom Ariav and Ministry of National Infrastructures director general Hezi Kugler wrote to IEC CEO Amos Lasker recently, informing him of the government's decision to allow negotiations to go forward, in line with the framework proposal it approved earlier this year.

The IEC board, headed by chairman Moti Friedman, approved the principles of the framework proposal a few weeks ago. The talks with BG Group will begin once the board approves the exemption from a tender." (Globes Nov. 13, 2008)

Gaza and Energy Geopolitics

The military occupation of Gaza is intent upon transferring the sovereignty of the gas fields to Israel in violation of international law.

What can we expect in the wake of the invasion?

What is the intent of Israel with regard to Palestine's Natural Gas reserves?

A new territorial arrangement, with the stationing of Israeli and/or "peacekeeping" troops?

The militarization of the entire Gaza coastline, which is strategic for Israel?

The outright confiscation of Palestinian gas fields and the unilateral declaration of Israeli sovereignty over Gaza's maritime areas?

If this were to occur, the Gaza gas fields would be integrated into Israel's offshore installations, which are contiguous to those of the Gaza Strip.

These various offshore installations are also linked up to Israel's energy transport corridor, extending from the port of Eilat, which is an oil pipeline terminal, on the Red Sea to the seaport - pipeline terminal at Ashkelon, and northwards to Haifa, and eventually linking up through a proposed Israeli-Turkish pipeline with the Turkish port of Ceyhan.

Ceyhan is the terminal of the Baku, Tblisi Ceyhan Trans Caspian pipeline. "What is envisaged is to link the BTC pipeline to the Trans-Israel Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline, also known as Israel's Tipline." (The War on Lebanon and the Battle for Oil, July 23, 2006)
 http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=2824