Golan Heights: Israel to Steal Syrian Oil Regardless of the United Nations
By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 30 April 2016
Late last year, on 7 October 2015, Israel quietly announced that it had discovered massive oil reserves in the Golan Heights: the Golan Heights is an area of the Syrian Arab Republic that has been illegally occupied by the Israeli's since they waged an unprovoked war of aggression, i.e. the Six Day War in 1967, against Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The lucrative find, estimated to contain billions of barrels of oil as well as millions of cubic metres of gas, is set to dwarf the Middle Eastern nations daily consumption of hydrocarbons and has the capacity to significantly reverse its fortunes in becoming a major exporter of energy resources instead of being a net importer.
The fact that the Israeli regime carried out the geological surveys required to discover these reserves at a time when Syria was on the point of collapse, clearly demonstrates the insidious nature of its current dictator, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has, right from the very beginning of the Syrian conflict, taken an active role in the attempted overthrow of the legally constituted government of President Bashar al-Assad. It is no coincidence that the exploration company who made the discovery, Afek Oil and Gas of Israel, is a subsidiary of Genie Energy, a US conglomerate whose board of directors include the Iraqi war criminal Dick Cheney, the former deputy-despot-in-charge of the US regime, and James Woolsey, a former CIA chief apparatchik, who is noted for achieving absolutely nothing.
Six months later, on 17 April 2016, Netanyahu was boasting in the Knesset, the country's unicameral parliamentary legislature, that the territories they currently occupy in the Golan Heights have been in Israeli hands since antiquity and the nation would never withdraw from the region. Netanyahu's rationale for the retention of the land they have stolen from Syria is based on the discovery of archaeological remains in Ma'ale Gamla, a site where the Jews and the Roman Empire engaged in battle almost 2,000 years ago. Netanyahu's claim, as tenuous as it is, is bereft of common sense given that France does not lay claim to the county of Kent in UK, where copious artefacts of French origin have been dug up, and nor does the UK lay claim to Brittany in France, where even more artefacts of British origin have been found. Clearly the logic of Netanyahu's rhetoric is aimed solely at the Israeli electorate in justifying the ongoing occupation of the region while his corporatist colleagues, in both Israel and the US, look gleefully upon the natural resources they are about to steal from the Syrian people.
It is worth noting that prior to the illegal invasion and occupation of the Golan Heights, there were more than 130,000 Syrian people living in the area in what was once a vibrant farming community. As the years have passed, whole towns, villages and homesteads have since been ravaged by the malicious machinations of the Israeli authorities and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) who have wrought havoc in the area for years by their creation of illegal settlements and the indiscriminate use of the region for live target practice. The UN peacekeepers, who have rotated through the region for the last 32 years, have simply watched on as the Israeli's have depopulated the area and extended their power and control over what remains.
Nonetheless, less than 10 days later, on 26 April 2016, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) dismissed Netanyahu's claim that the region would forever remain an integral part of Israel stressing that the status of the Golan remains unchanged, i.e. in accordance with UN Resolution 497, adopted unanimously on the 17 December 1982, which declared that:
- the Israeli Golan Heights Law, which effectively annexed the Golan Heights, is null and void without international legal effect and further calls on Israel to rescind its action.
The UN Resolution has, thus far, proven to be unenforceable.
Clearly the US Empire et al., and its most sycophantic vassal in the Middle East, Israel, have seized an opportunity, as Syria descended into the chaos they created, to exploit a rich vein of oil and gas reserves that belong to the Syrian people. It is also clear that the US Empire et al. pays no heed to the UN, even to the Resolutions of its own making, in the pursuit of geopolitical and geostrategic supremacy, and the natural resources of other nations.
The irony of Israel is damning: a nation forged to provide protection and a home for the Jewish diaspora, who are known to have endured persecution for decades, but have since gone on to become the region's most ardent persecutors, almost beggars belief. That the despotic regime that Netanyahu commands, akin to successive administrations since the nation's inception in 1948, are on a quest to grab land and resources at the expense of their neighbours and humanity at large, is clear for all to see.
Israel, not unlike the US Empire et al. who have no need of the UN, simply views the organisation as an obstacle to be bypassed, ignored and ridiculed as required.
- Israel will never be at peace with the world until it learns how to be at peace with itself.