Golan Heights: Syria protests against Israeli-American drill for oil


Why are US Israeli mercenaries in Syria?  Same reason why the US illegally attacked Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya and Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinian civilian population   – oil and gas.  The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the Levant Basin, which covers Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Palestine, contains around 122 trillion cubic feet of gas and at least 1.7 billion barrels of oil.




Foreign Ministry: Israel’s Licensing US Company to Drill for Oil in Golan Violates UNSC Resolution

Mar 1, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Thursday addressed two identical letters to the Security Council President and the United Nations Secretary-General on the Israeli Authorities’ intention to drill for oil in the occupied Syrian Golan.

”The Israeli Ministry of Energy granted a license to the US Genie Energy Company to drill for oil in the occupied Syrian Golan, ” said the letters, ” as the Israeli Yediot Ahronot daily said in its Feb. 21 2013 issue that the Israeli Minister of Energy, Uzi Landau, approved a request by the Company to commence work in drilling.”

The ministry stressed that this illegitimate procedure is a flagrant violation of Security Council Resolution No. 497 for the year 1981, as it aims to perpetuate a state of occupation and annexation, contrary to the SC resolution stating that “the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect” and calls upon Israel to rescind its decisions immediately.

The letters added that the procedure constitutes a violation of all the UN General Assembly’s decisions, especially the one titled ”Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.”

”Syria warns of Israel’s dangerous attempts to take advantage of the current situation to perpetuate its occupation of the Syrian lands and steal their resources, in a flagrant violation of the principle of permanent sovereignty of the peoples under foreign occupation over their natural resources and inalienable rights,” added the letters.

The letters also pointed to the international community’s disregard for Israel’s illegal practices and constant breaches of the Security Council resolutions, which, the letters added, prodded Israel to adopt such procedure that challenges, once again, the credibility of the UN.

The ministry added that the UN has to put an end to Israel’s disregard for its resolutions and laws, which allows it to act as if exempted from its commitments under international law.

”Therefore, Syria calls on the UN and the General Assembly to enforce their jurisdiction in ensuring Israel’s commitment to the law that bars the occupation state from adopting any procedure that might harm the safety of the occupied land in all its natural and demographic components.”

The letters said that Syria stresses the above-mentioned Company’s belonging to a UN permanent state, which doubles that state’s responsibility for ensuring its companies’ abidance by the international law and the relevant UN resolutions.

”Syria calls upon the international community to act beyond the pro forma condemnation of the Israeli violation of the Syrian lands , and stresses the importance of laying down the appropriate mechanism for obliging Israel to respect and implement the UN Security Council resolution no. 497 for the year 1981 and other relevant resolutions,” added the ministry.

The letters concluded by emphasizing the necessity that the UN act to prevent Israel from enforcing the aggressive procedure, which will preserve its credibility in implementing its resolutions related to ending the Israel occupation of occupied Arab lands.

R. Milhem/M. Ismael



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I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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3 Responses to Golan Heights: Syria protests against Israeli-American drill for oil

  1. kruitvat says:

    Feb. 22, 2013

    TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Israel’s go-ahead for oil exploration on Syria’s Golan Heights, largely occupied since the 1967 Middle East war, is likely to stir a diplomatic hornet’s nest and possibly even retaliatory action by forces engaged in Syria’s civil war.

    But the timing of the award by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of the first oil drilling permit for the territory almost on the eve of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Israel is particularly controversial.

    The drilling license given to the U.S.-Israeli company Genie Energy covers about half of the southern area on the volcanic plateau that Israel has occupied for nearly 50 years.

    Israel annexed the southern part of the Golan in 1981, as it did the East Jerusalem, governed by Jordan until its conquest in 1967. But the United States and the world at large has never recognized those unilateral annexations. Syria still claims the Golan and demands its return.

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered to relinquish most of the Golan in peace negotiations with Damascus in 1999-2000 but the talks fell through.

    The award was made more provocative by the fact that Genie Energy is headed by right-wing hard-liner and war hero Effie Eitam, who lives at the Moshav Nov settlement in the Golan.

    Now a reserve brigadier general, Eitam was decorated for bravery fighting Syrian armor during the 1973 war when Syrian nearly pushed the Israelis off the strategic plateau.

    In 2004 Eitam quit as minister for national infrastructure in the Likud government to protest Ariel Sharon’s plan to abandon the Gaza Strip.

    Israel stopped considering oil exploration on the Golan 20 years ago, hoping to induce Syria into peace negotiations that would include returning the Golan.

    But in 2012 Israeli Energy Minister Uzi Landau decided to open the region after geological surveys indicated “a large potential oil discovery.” That followed the discovery of major natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean that will transform Israel’s traditionally energy-poor economy.

    Israel’s business daily Globes conceded that awarding Genie Energy the exploration license “could cause an international fracas, given the Golan’s status as occupied Syrian territory under international law.”

    But it said “there was no known political intervention in the licensing process” while “the proximity of the event to Obama’s upcoming visit is coincidental.”

    That remains to be seen. Relations between Netanyahu, who is stitching together a new coalition following Jan. 22 parliamentary elections, and Obama, who won a second term in November, have been severely strained in recent months.

    This has largely been because of U.S. frustration over Netanyahu’s failure to revive the almost-dead peace process with the Palestinians despite heavy prodding from Washington.

    Netanyahu’s new administration is likely to come under growing diplomatic pressure over its controversial decision to greatly expand Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

    The license award “is mostly political — it’s an attempt to deepen an Israeli commitment to the occupied Golan Heights,” cautioned Israeli political analyst Yaron Ezrahi.

    Source: UPI

  2. kruitvat says:

    Israel’s annexation of the Golan in 1981 has not been recognized by any country. In other words, the region is still considered to be occupied Syrian territory, at least according to international law. More broadly, international law only recognizes the annexation of territory, when it occurs in the wake of a war that ended with surrender of the defeated country, and when that country then ceases to exist. The Golan Heights were part of Syria, a country that has not ceased to exist, meaning that Israel’s annexation of the territory was illegitimate.

  3. kruitvat says:

    ‘After more than forty-five years of political and practical annexation, Israel has gotten used to the idea that East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are an integral part of the State of Israel. For more than forty-five years, Israel’s various governments have continued to establish more and more facts on the ground in these areas, despite the protests of the United States.
    In an interview given a few days ago, Egyptian Petroleum Minister Osama Kamal stated that his office has decided to take diplomatic and legal steps, including an appeal to the International Court of Justice, to obtain reparations from Israel for “looting Egypt’s oil,” as he calls it, in the Sinai from 1967 until the withdrawal in 1982. It’s safe to assume that if and when Israel finally withdraws from the Golan Heights as part of a comprehensive peace agreement, the Syrians will hand Israel a similar bill for the oil that Eitam et al extracted from its territory.’

    Akiva Eldar

    (Akiva Eldar is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse. He was formerly a senior columnist and editorial writer for Haaretz and also served as the Hebrew daily’s US bureau chief and diplomatic correspondent. His most recent book (with Idith Zertal), Lords of the Land, on the Jewish settlements, was on the best-seller list in Israel and has been translated into English, German and Arabic.)

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