I checked out the website for Genie Energy because I could not figure out how Israel got to have any say in anything to do with Syria since Israel does not own Syria, so how can she grant anything of Syria’s to anybody, when she has not won occupation of that nation, unless Israel is tied in with ISIS and they have taken over the country.
But then I discovered that Genie Energy is an Israeli company, and that is how they granted it, on the assumption that the US will bring Syria down for Israel’s use and abuse. It is time for us to put our foot down to our reps. NO MORE AIPAC or Israeli agenda of empire building and creating Israel’s dream of a “Greater Israel”. That greater Israel included all the oil, gas and coal resources these arab/muslim countries have.
I could not imagine two more scummy persons to be given such preferential treatment, but then, who am I to question Israel’s purposes in doing so. Is she lining the pockets of her best allies? Israel has never blown up anything owned by either of them, like she has done to us, here in America. USS Liberty comes to mind, and the USS Cole.
Israel Grants Oil Rights in Syria to Murdoch and Rothschild
(Craig Murray) Israel has granted oil exploration rights inside Syria, in the occupied Golan Heights, to Genie Energy. Major shareholders of Genie Energy – which also has interests in shale gas in the United States and shale oil in Israel – include Rupert Murdoch and Lord Jacob Rothschild. This from a 2010 Genie Energy press release:
Claude Pupkin, CEO of Genie Oil and Gas, commented, “Genie’s success will ultimately depend, in part, on access to the expertise of the oil and gas industry and to the financial markets. Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch are extremely well regarded by and connected to leaders in these sectors. Their guidance and participation will prove invaluable.”
“I am grateful to Howard Jonas and IDT for the opportunity to invest in this important initiative,”Lord Rothschild said.“Rupert Murdoch’s extraordinary achievements speak for themselves and we are very pleased he has agreed to be our partner. Genie Energy is making good technological progress to tap the world’s substantial oil shale deposits which could transform the future prospects of Israel, the Middle East and our allies around the world.” (VN: now you know why Gaza was depopulated by Israel and the Ukraine was taken over. Our satellites discovered oil and gas fields in both locations.)
For Israel to seek to exploit mineral reserves in the occupied Golan Heights is plainly illegal in international law. Japan was succesfully sued by Singapore before the International Court of Justice for exploitation of Singapore’s oil resources during the second world war.
The argument has been made in international law that an occupying power is entitled to operate oil wells which were previously functioning and operated by the sovereign power, in whose position the occupying power now stands.
But there is absolutely no disagreement in the authorities and case law that the drilling of new wells – let alone fracking – by an occupying power is illegal. Israel tried to make the same move twenty years ago but was forced to back down after a strong reaction from the Syrian government, which gained diplomatic support from the United States.
Israel is now seeking to take advantage of the weakened Syrian state; this move perhaps casts a new light on recent Israeli bombings in Syria. In a rational world, the involvement of Rothschild and Murdoch in this international criminal activity would show them not to be fit and proper persons to hold major commercial interests elsewhere, and action would be taken. Naturally, nothing of the kind will happen.