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Aug 21 2014
10:49 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

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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.

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michael kaplan's picture

This could also explain the

This could also explain the abrupt removal of Morsi in Egypt.

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In the midst of some of the

In the midst of some of the worst Middle East tensions in a decade, one-time enemies Egypt and Israel are negotiating deals that may mean the sale of $60 billion in Israeli natural gas to liquefaction plants in Egypt.

The talks come as Israel resumes air strikes on Gaza after Hamas, which the U.S. and the European Union classify as a terrorist group, fired rockets following a breakdown in Egypt’s efforts to broker a cease-fire. The move is all the more improbable because Egypt -- little more than a year ago -- was under the sway of the Muslim Brotherhood, which had begun to steer the country away from viewing Israel as a trading partner.

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Woodrow Wilson's picture

oversimplification

Any explanation that seeks to offer up a single, simple explanation of the strife in this conflict is pretty much wrong, and undoubtedly only serves to promote a particular agenda. Any single named item may be a contributing cause, but there are no simple, straightforward answers for any of it.

metulj's picture

True, but Israel has

True, but Israel has leveraged the Gazan gas fields for financing of their huge pharma and tech sector. They don't own that gas under international law. Don't discount this analysis,

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Noble Energy is the company

Noble Energy is the company doing the development. Interesting that Mari-B - the site contiguous to Gaza territorial waters - is not shown, but I will post a map of it. Apparently, the sites represent one of the largest natural gas discoveries in the world.

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Mari-B

mari-b.jpg

The Gaza Strip is that little panhandle in grey, to the left of the word ISRAEL. When the Strip was given independence following the Camp David Accords in 1978, who would have thought it to be one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the world.

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Who could have ever imagined?

Who could have ever imagined?

fischbobber's picture

Robert Redford

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He was ahead of his time.

oldnorthknoxhippy's picture

The NYT cheered on the US

The NYT cheered on the US invasion for sure.

michael kaplan's picture

wow, that's amazing ...

and Redford is now making 3D movies about architecture ...

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I tried sending the YouTube

I tried sending the YouTube link to a friend in Israel; he received the following response:

"This video is not available in your country.
Sorry about that."

fischbobber's picture

Now then,

That's interesting.

michael kaplan's picture

but there's this

fischbobber's picture

Yeah....

But it loses a bit in the change of mediums........I think.

michael kaplan's picture

definitely. the visuals add

definitely. the visuals add to the drama. now i'm anxious to see the entire movie.

fischbobber's picture

The movie

was, quite simply, ahead of its time. It was one of the first flicks I worked at the Fox Theatre out by Westtown and I probably watched it twenty times. It might be what made me paranoid, considering it was during the Ford Administration, right after Watergate and the oil embargo.

michael kaplan's picture

yes, the time-frame is very

yes, the time-frame is very important. which leads one to ask, is this more than just another 'hollywood' film?

fischbobber's picture

Thoughts to ponder

As I've grown older and considered that same concept I never could shake off the fact that Cheney, Rumsfield and Bush (The Elder) all cut their teeth under Nixon. Bush's reputation as head of the CIA was one of a bookworm. He read every memo that came through his office. The intelligence wasn't always correct, but it was always considered.

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A prominent rabbi whose

A prominent rabbi whose outspoken criticism of Israel become too divisive for his congregation announced this week that he is resigning his pulpit.

Brant Rosen, rabbi at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Ill., made the announcement Tuesday. Aside from his pulpit position, which he has held for 17 years, Rosen is also the founder and co-chair of the rabbinical council of Jewish Voice for Peace, a group that promotes boycotts of Israel and has been listed by the Anti-Defamation League as one of the top 10 anti-Israel organizations in the United States.

- Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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