Gaza: Petro Fuel Behind War Yet Again?
|August 7, 2014||Posted by Staff under War / Peace|
This 2014 excerpt of The Ecologist, Jly 18, is by Nafeez Ahmed.
Israel’s defence minister is on record confirming that military plans to uproot Hamas’ are about securing control of Gaza’s gas reserves — the 1.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas discovered in 2000 off the Gaza coast, valued at $4 billion.
Otherwise, Palestinian gas profits would fund attacks against Israel. The threat is not limited to Hamas. Some of the gas proceeds could reach other Palestinian groups.
If Palestinians develop their own gas resources, the resulting economic transformation could in turn fundamentally increase Palestinian clout.
Israel has made successive discoveries in recent years – such as the Leviathan field estimated to hold 18 trillion cubic feet of natural gas – which could transform the country from energy importer into energy exporter.
Much of the 122 trillion cubic feet of gas and 1.6 billion barrels of oil in the Levant Basin Province lies in waters where borders are hotly disputed between Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and Cyprus.
With the depletion of Israel’s domestic gas supplies accelerating, and without an imminent rise in Egyptian gas imports, Israel could face a power crisis in the next few years. Electricity prices are reaching record levels, heightening the imperative to diversify supply.
Despite all formal agreements to the contrary, Israel continues to manage all the natural resources nominally under the jurisdiction of the Palestine Authority, from land and water to maritime and hydrocarbon resources.
Ed. Notes: While natural gas could be a motive, as resources often are, the same claim was made during the Vietnam War, that the US was motivated by a big oil field off the coast of Vietnam, but that purported bonanza never materialized, even after relations between the two government normalized.
That said, are the Jews in that part of the world safer when Arabs are poor and under siege or when they lead comfortable middle class lives in safety? Look at how other enemies quit their enmity, such as France and Germany. Could that have happened if they were not enjoying economic parity?
The strategy of violence, terror, and oppression — practiced by both sides — can not end well. Israel can not count on the American taxpayer forever, nor the European market for its exports. Something must give. Israel might try to “pay its dues” by establishing economic justice in its entire area of influence. That would make it harder for violent men to seize power and easier for rational people to provide leadership. Geonomics could deliver the necessary sustainable and equitable development.