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In the above video we see arriving ambulances being bombed–clearly a war crime.
“Also, in case you haven’t heard, news came out several days ago that Micky Rosenfeld, the public spokesperson for the Israeli police, has admitted to a BBC reporter that Hamas was not behind the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens, the episode that sparked the current invasion of Gaza.”

EX- POLICEWOMAN --SUSAN: Israel is out of control and our government loves you?

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Israel strafed the life boats on the USS Liberty, trying to sink it on June 8, 1967.  That was an Act of War.  No one punished Israel.  Israel is bombing schools and refugee camps in Gaza.  Now they are bombing ambulances.  What next?  OUR schools, hospitals and towns?

In about 2003 at a police in-service, we were told Israel sent cell phones to Muslims with explosive devices in them that killed the person with the phone.  We all thought that was good....yeah...they are killing terrorists!  Now I am so could easily have been a child or some innocent citizen.  Israel must be dismantled.  It is evil.

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[Mute the music if you do not like it as I did,. As for voting with your Conscience America- that has to be a JOKE as both your Parties are al bought and paid for by Israel – all are Pro Israeli Zionist Fascists- no difference- republicans/Democrats = Same Zionist Talmudic Party. America, like the UK does not have an alternative viable and decent Third Party that has not been bought, lock stock barrel and with their Souls unsold.]

Why Israel's blockade of Gaza was a mistake

Mohammed Deif, head of Hamas' military wing who has been on Israel’s “Most Wanted” list since the mid-1990s, disseminated a recording this week (July 27) in which he stipulated the removal of the closure on the Gaza Strip as a pre-condition for a cease-fire. All of the military conflicts between Israel and Hamas revolved around this issue. Hamas wants, more than anything else, to end the blockade because this state of affairs makes it difficult to rule the Strip and provide for the needs of the population. Israel, on the other hand, obstinately refuses to revoke the decision taken by former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on June 15, 2007.
Webmaster's Commentary: 
The starvation blockade of Gaza was Israel's punishment for the Gazans voting for HAMAS in the 2006 elections. Israel hoped that by starving the people of Gaza they would abandon their elected government and accept proxy Israeli rule through Abbas' PA. This is a repeat of 1948, when the Soviet Union blockaded the highway leading from West Berlin to West Germany, to try to starve the West Berliners into accepting East German rule. The world responded to this obvious atrocity by mounting the Berlin airlift, flying food, water, medicine and other supplies into West Berlin for almost a year, until the Soviets abandoned their plan and re-opened the highway. It is a telling reminder of just how much Israel has subverted the governments of the world that the same nations that united to save West Berlin do not lift a finger to save Gaza.

Palestinians have no trust or faith in any of the PA Gang, not Ashrawi, not Erekat and certainly not Abbas- they are too busy enjoying their weath and their freedom of movement whilst Gazans are butchered and caged up by the PA’s Money Masters- They all deserve our utter Contempt and revulsion at their Collusion with Israel while pretending to be doing anything worthwhile for Palestinians. Ashrawi is busy touring and giving lectures, giving us all the benefits of her vast experiences!! Erekat is busy going to Qatar, plotting and scheming with Qatar that turned Gaza into a possible Real Estate although now I guess all that has blown into their treacherous faces though Qatar is behind the scenes with Israel over Gaza’s Gas Reserves.


The entire PA membership needs to be purged and that includes Ashrawi with all her fancy rhetoric and lectures on Palestinian issues. She is as worthless as Abbas himself


Palestinians claim UN protection, prepare lawsuits

By: Redress
Stuart Littlewood explores why the Palestinian leadership failed to publicize its lawsuit against Israel and its request for UN protection and why it has taken it so long to act.
As Gaza and its lovely people were being blown to smithereens by Israel’s state-of-the-art weaponry, paid for by the grotesquely unlovely US administration, I put what I thought was a simple enough question to Dr Hanan Ashrawi on Palestine’s accession to the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court (ICC) after her remarks in this TV interview.
Ashrawi is an executive member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), head of information and culture, and a wonderfully articulate ambassador for the Palestinian cause. From what she was saying, only the decision to accede to the statute had been made so far, nothing more. So I put to her the obvious question: “When will you be able to report that charges have actually been filed against Israel please?”

‘…Palestine now preparing lawsuits

This was followed by a further question a few days later about a Press TV report that charges had already been filed against Israel at the ICC for recent war crimes in Gaza, through a law firm in Paris. So what was going on? I fired off my next question: “Where does the story come from and, if true, what sort of timescale is the PLO working to? What other Israeli crimes are to be brought to the court? Why isn’t the news widely circulated for maximum effect especially at a time like this?”
And I tossed in an extra one which had no chance of being answered: “What does the PLO say to the suggestion that if moves had been made earlier to involve the ICC the present devastation of Gaza and shocking loss of life would not have happened?”
I had to prod for answers. Eventually a spokesperson told me the PLO “has taken the decision to go to the ICC, but it has commissioned several legal addresses and human rights organizations to prepare the files, lawsuits, etc.”
The most worrying thing is how laid-back the PLO is in a crisis. It could have gone to the ICC 20 months ago but allowed itself to be dissuaded.
The PLO has also asked the UN Human Rights Council for a commission of inquiry. “Depending on its findings, which we know will be damning, it has the legal mandate to address the prosecutor of the ICC to file a complaint against Israel.”
As for thePressTV story, this was “an initiative by one person who asked for the endorsement of the minister of justice, but it was not an official case nor has it been endorsed by the PLO”. When the PLO approaches the ICC, said the statement, it will do so “publicly, officially, thoroughly and not by oblique means like this reported case which lacks the basis to be pursued by the ICC”.
So the two senior Palestinian officials in the story – said to be the Palestinian justice minister and the Gaza court prosecutor – are really privateers spending big bucks on a French lawyer who doesn’t stand a chance?
The most worrying thing is how laid-back the PLO is in a crisis. It could have gone to the ICC 20 months ago but allowed itself to be dissuaded. You’d think the PLO would at least have used the time preparing the ground and the paperwork so as to move fast if need be, knowing that recourse to the ICC was inevitable. The tea-leaves would have told them that something very nasty was brewing and likely to explode in Gaza. Everyone else was expecting it. A well-timed war crimes charge in the ICC would have taken the wind out of the sails of any further plans by Israel to inflict murder and mayhem.

Media dumbness, international indifference

Then I spotted this item, which reports how the Palestinian president has asked for the Palestinian territories to be placed under UN protection (see documents).
Why wasn’t the world told about Mahmoud Abbas’s request, received by Ban Ki-moon on 13 July? Why wasn’t the application broadcast through all mainstream channels? The dates would suggest that Security Council members at any rate knew about it as the savagery in Gaza intensified.
The wording “placed under an international protection system by the United Nations” sounds like a request to make Palestine a UN protectorate. And isn’t Ban Ki-moon just a bit dilatory, waiting a week while the onslaught continued and children were shredded in ever-increasing numbers before taking action?
More to the point, did the people of Gaza know about it as they continued to be butchered 24/7?
The civilized world loves sanctions (as long as they are not against Israel) but hates protection (if against Israeli aggression).
I put these questions to the PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department. They confirm that the Abbas letter is authentic and had been sent to local newspapers! They emphasize that the request is not for Palestine to become a UN protectorate but “simply to be protected as per international law”.
Even so, wouldn’t that normally be a biginternational news story for a country in the process of being annihilated by the forces of a rogue state?
Eighteen days later, it is clear that the international community is not doing protection at the moment, even in cases of attempted genocide. The civilized world loves sanctions (as long as they are not against Israel) but hates protection (if against Israeli aggression). So the slaughter of women and children in Gaza is set to accelerate while the “great powers” stand aside, attend their summer garden parties or jet away on their jolly holidays. Doctors and scientists who have worked in Gaza and know the situation only too well, have been driven to write in the Lancet that “Israel’s behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts”.
In the fog of inaction, idifference and sheer cowardice one is left to speculate. Are these manoeuvres by the Palestinians being kept out of the public domain for dark motives, such as a desire on the part of the usual suspects to give the Israelis a clear and uninterrupted run at totally destroying Gaza and exterminating its “nuisance” inhabitants once and for all?
Nah, surely not.
[Time to target Britain’s Israel-first MPs

Daring and lethal Palestinian raids from Gaza sap Israeli morale

The Israeli army is reeling from two attacks behind its lines by fighters of the Qassam Brigades, the military resistance wing of Hamas.
The attacks are feeding a sense in Israel that its ground assault on Gaza is turning into a disaster and there are indications that Israeli anger and frustration are being taken out with even more deliberate killings of Palestinian civilians.
On Monday, four Israeli soldiers were killed and ten injured when Palestinian resistance fighters fired mortars across the boundary from Gaza.
But the most dramatic incident was a commando raid in which seven Qassam fighters emerged from a tunnel, raided a fortified Israeli army outpost at Nahal Oz inside Israel, killed five soldiers according to the Israeli count, and returned safely to Gaza through the tunnel.
Webmaster's Commentary: This appears to be the story that Gilad Atzmon was saying was being reported in the Israeli media but not here in the US.

Every Israeli missile strike is a war crime…

Today’s Guardian newspaper includes an article that appears to be excusing Israel of responsibility for the massive death tolll it has inflicted on Palestinian civilians. But, more significantly, it includes a lot of useful – and damning – information about just how “indiscriminate” Israel’s weapons really are

The experts' veridct: Every Israeli missile strike is a war crime

By: Redress
Jonathan Cook explains why talk of “proportionality” or of Israel's “potential” war crimes is nonsense, and argues that Israel is committing war crimes by definition – right now, as you read this

US supplies Israel with bombs amid Gaza blitz


Recruiting to Kill – It Is Not Just an Israeli War on Gaza

To some, US secretary of state John Kerry may have appeared to be a genuine peacemaker as he floated around ideas during a Cairo visit on 25 July about a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian fighters in Gaza. But behind his measured diplomatic language, lies a truth not even America’s top diplomat can easily hide. His country is very much involved in fighting this dirty war on Gaza which has killed over 1,050, injured thousands more, and destroyed much of an already poor, dilapidated space that was barely inhabitable to begin with.



Palestinians Turned Away From Cairo Peace Talks




Who's Profiting From Israel's Offensive in Gaza?

Israel continues to reject Hamas' offer of a ten-year ceasefire because it would undermine Israeli arms sales, which reached $7 billion in 2012

And for some of those analysts who claim that Obomba is really against what is happening in Gaza are God damn Liars. He is as staunchly Judeo Christian Zionist as Joe Biden, John Hagee, Bush Clan, Susan Rice, Ashcroft et all the other Scumbags/Political whores/pimps within Us Congress/Senate


As World Condemns Attack on Gaza, US Resupplies Israel with Weapons

The Pentagon on Wednesday announced its recent approval for unlocking a massive stockpile of ammunition for use by the Israeli Defense Forces who continue to pummel the civilian population living inside the Gaza Strip where the death toll now nears 1,400 people—a majority of whom are civilians, including close to 300 children.
Worldwide condemnation over Israel's attack on Gaza has reached previously unseen levels, but the U.S. government has stated that its commitment to Israel will not waver and that providing weaponry remains standard policy despite accusations that Israel's behavior in Gaza amounts to "war crimes" and international calls for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire.
US Congress passes emergency funding for Israel's Iron Dome:
Congress overwhelmingly approved an emergency measure on Friday to grant $225 million in additional revenue to Israel for the country's Iron Dome missile defense system. 

'If anybody is more guilty of Gaza conflict than the Israelis, it is the Americans'

Israel gets signals from the US that it can do whatever it wants, so Tel-Aviv keeps refurbishing its weapons so that it could kill more Gazans, independent researcher and writer Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich told RT.

American media's new pro-Israel bias: the same party line at the wrong time

Evolving conversations on the ground demand probing questions on-air. So why does TV news look like a Netanyahu ad?
Here are a few questions you won’t hear asked of the parade of Israeli officials crossing US television screens during the current crisis in Gaza:
What would you do if a foreign country was occupying your land?
What does it mean that Israeli cabinet ministers deny Palestine’s right to exist?
What should we make of a prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who as opposition leader in the 1990s was found addressing rallies under a banner reading “Death to Arabs”?



JUST READ THIS BULLSHIT and the money being requested for these murderous State sanctioned Killers that call themselves ‘soldiers’ but are nothing but that a this is a one sided War between a  NUCLEAR State’s Army/Navy/Airforce versus  1.8 besieged Civilians and their Resistance Fighters- THAT is the reality


 The first 2 articles wants us all to believe that poor Israelis are suffering but then you get the Israeli Firster, dual National, Bloomberg being outraged at Airlines not risking flights to Israhell, declaring Israhell is safer that even the USA!!


Wars may come and wars may go but Israel's begging for more money is a constant!

Every one of us is preoccupied with worry for the 48,000 of our young Israeli soldiers and their commanders who are in Gaza right now, risking their lives on our behalf.
Our young men are facing a cruel and torturous enemy who use every angle imaginable to kill and maim as many of us as they can.

BEX ALERT - Sirens are wailing across Israel.

Sirens are wailing across Israel. As the conflict escalates, United Hatzalah's 2,300 volunteers are not only helping the hurt and wounded in the South but in the Tel Aviv and central region too. Being a lifesaver has never been more dangerous.
Help us purchase urgently needed trauma kits and defibrillators so that our selfless volunteers can continue helping all those in need.
Webmaster's Commentary: No matter what Israel starts, no matter that Israel is not actually under any real attack, always the hand is out asking for more money!
Even their Jewish names makes me sick! As does the word Synagogue= Sins of Gog and Magog

MK Levin Calls to Flatten Entire Regions in Gaza

MK Yariv Levin (Likud) said on Wednesday that despite IDF successes in Gaza, the operation is far from over.
“We must move on to massive military activity and flatten entire regions from within which rockets are being launched. We must also place pressure on the civilian population. It is good that the electricity was disconnected and it is a shame that it was not done earlier,” the MK said.



Who represent a filthy immoral irreligious CULT that is godless and soulless.


Army rabbi exhorted “God’s army” before they massacred Palestinians in Shujaiya


Among those who cheer when a cease-fire ends and killing resumes are those who want more Palestinians slaughtered as a form of mass punishment for fictional offenses. Also among those cheering are certain mainstream U.S. newspaper columnists. In fact, at least one person is clearly in both of the above categories.
And here is some more Horseshit from Israeli Media:
Want to read some egomaniacal, sociopathic, eternally victimized, horseshit?
Op-Ed: Israel Holds the Free World's Destiny in Her Hands by Giulio Meotti
These stubborn Israeli Jews are alone - alone in resisting in a battle for all of us
The people of Israel are valiant, going about their daily lives knowing that Muslim killers might explode a bomb or rocket in any public place at any time.
Even more valiant are the Israeli soldiers, who are now fighting inside Gaza, house by house, spied on by cruel eyes, hated by old and young, targeted by beheaders, longed for by their families. These lone Jews fighting in a long night hold the free world's destiny in their hands.
The world is burning with jealousy of Israel and what it achieved for its people in a mere 65 years.
These stubborn Israeli Jews are alone - alone in resisting in a battle for all of us. It has been calculated that since the year of the founding of the state, more than 60,000 rockets have fallen on Israel. The Israelis are victimized and they are alone, abandoned by the world — now, just as then.

In the Second World War, hope didn't come from the Western avant garde, but from the Jews who rebelled against tyranny. The same is happening today
Open any Western newspaper and you will read about the trendy Israeli life under Hamas' rockets, life as usual, while the Arabs die. No mention of Israel as the most heavy bombed nation in the world. No mention of the trauma inflicted on two generations of Jewish children.
Israel is the first line of Western defense in the battle for non-Muslim survival and prosperity in the world. And now that the Jews are running for shelters and employing their brilliant Iron Dome, (repeat this propaganda) the world is burning with jealousy of Israel and what it achieved for its people in a mere 65 years.
For the UN, for the Christian bodies, for the White House, for the European Union, for the complacent public opinion and its journalistic sentinels, an independent Jewish State bearing the name “Israel,” with Jerusalem as its capital, a renewal of life in the land of the Bible, a vital Jewish people restored after 2,000 years to its own holy land, has raised unresolved questions and disturbing conclusions.
The Israelis are a very special people because they know how to live in the present and make this present worth living, while the West has drained its peoples' souls and made their lives meaningless, with only shallow-minded hedonism and materialism remaining. This is why Gentiles often hate the Jews.
The sagacious American author Eric Hoffer gave voice to the most tragic Holocaust-related 20th-century truth: "I have a premonition that will not leave me, as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us".
A peaceful (are you shitting me?) and unique nation like Israel and its people have to resort to violent means to survive. My heart breaks for them
[and always keep this in mind of true Israeli Society, their youth, their Rabbis:
The website “Walla!” published talkback comments on an article about the four children killed on the Gaza beach. 
Shani Moyal: “I couldn’t care less that Arab children were killed, too bad it wasn’t more. Well done to the IDF.”
Stav Sabah: “Really, these are great pictures. They make me so happy, I want to look at them again and again.”
Sharon Avishi: “Only four? Too bad. We hoped for more.”
Daniela Turgeman: “Great. We need to kill all the children.”
Chaya Hatnovich: “There isn’t a more beautiful picture than those of dead Arab children.”
Orna Peretz: “Why only four?”
 Rachel Cohen: “I’m not for children dying in Gaza. I’m for everyone burning.”
Tami Mashan: “As many children as possible should die.” -- Actual Israeli quotes compiled by Gideon Levy, Ha'aretz -]

Zionist megaphone: “Missiles raining on Israel”

By: Redress
Jamal Kanj looks at how the US media – uncritical servants of Israel – portray Israeli killers as victims and Palestinian civilians, who have been murdered in droves by Israel, as oppressors
Watching US news coverage about Gaza for the past three weeks, I could imagine how the Nazis manipulated a nation to become complicit in the gassing and killing of millions of people.
Zionist propagandists have neutralized public opinion in a surreal Orwellian world of doublespeak and doublethink.
The American media have turned into a Zionist megaphone, rationalizing the murder of children playing on the beach or hiding in United Nations shelters.
Like Joseph Goebbels in Nazi Germany, the Israeli prime minister’s spokesman, Mark Regev, has become a regular on US networks, preaching about “missiles raining on Israel”.
But then the Israeli story took a sudden twist when the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned American airlines from flying to Tel Aviv, forcing a complete turnaround in Zionist newspeak on complicit US media outlets.
The Zionist doublethink wanted viewers to believe that Israeli residents were under constant threat, yet the country remained safe for tourists.
Responding to the FAA decision, the former New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, joined the mayor of Jerusalem to speak with CNN reporter Zev Barak, otherwise known as Wolf Blitzer – the former media propagandist for AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee – to tell viewers that the FAA was wrong and that Israel was very safe.
The sanguine mayor of Jerusalem bragged about how “his” city was safer than US cities.
Bloomberg added that the Israeli airport was safer than US airports and criticized an American travel advisory warning about travel to Israel and the West Bank.
“If you don’t feel safe here [in Israel], I don’t know where…” he said.
To prove his point, the former Jewish mayor of New York flew to Tel Aviv on the “safest [Israeli] airlines to the safest airport”.
Unsurprisingly, the contradiction from one day to the next went unnoticed by the ex-AIPAC propagandist.
The Zionist doublethink wanted viewers to believe that Israeli residents were under constant threat, yet the country remained safe for tourists.
In its coverage, the US media is abdicating Israel’s moral culpability for targeting residential neighbourhoods and killing civilians.
For instance, bigoted American journalist and Israeli army reserve officer Jeffrey Goldberg claimed that “Dead Palestinians represent a crucial propaganda victory for the nihilists of Hamas.”
It’s a propaganda theme as old as Israel is.
Who could have forgotten former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir’s preposterous statement: “I can’t forgive the Palestinians that they force us to kill their children.”
The current Israeli prime minister echoed the same melody on CNN.
“They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can… They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause. They want the more dead, the better,” he said.
Zionists built museums in every Western capital with black and white photos of starved dead bodies dumped in ditches to justify stealing Palestinian homes.
It is ironic that this statement is being offered by a Zionist who has exploited the “pile up” of dead Jews for the last 70 years.
Zionists built museums in every Western capital with black and white photos of starved dead bodies dumped in ditches to justify stealing Palestinian homes.
The Palestinians continue to suffer today because of Zionism’s use of those 70-year-old photos.
Zionist propagandists want viewers to believe that the ground invasion into Gaza was necessary to destroy hostile tunnels.
This is far from the truth; the tunnels were built for defensive purposes and were used effectively by fighters to inflict a heavy toll on the invading Israeli army.
But there are two key facts to be remembered from this war. First, Israel targeted homes and shelters murdering 1,500-plus Palestinians (80 per cent of them civilians), while fewer than 60 Israelis have been killed – 90 per cent of them soldiers.
Second, there is the “Sderot Cinema” scene where Israelis – purportedly under “raining missiles” – sit on hilltops munching popcorn and cheering live bombs blowing up civilians in the heavily populated Gaza Strip.
As the US media portrays the “Sderot Cinema” goers as victims, I close with Malcolm X’s warning: “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Ethnic Specific Weapons

A report on November 15, 1998 by the Sunday Times suggests that this Institute "is working on a biological weapon that would harm Arabs but not Jews".
The London Times
November 15 1998
ISRAEL is working on a biological weapon that would harm Arabs but not Jews, according to Israeli military and western intelligence sources. The weapon, targeting victims by ethnic origin, is seen as Israel's response to Iraq's threat of chemical and biological attacks.
A scientist there said the task was hugely complicated because both Arabs and Jews are of Semitic origin. But he added: "They have, however, succeeded in pinpointing a particular characteristic in the genetic profile of certain Arab communities, particularly the Iraqi people."
It is widely accepted that Israel has the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the region, and it is assumed that this applies to their stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons. A quick search on the web turned up a long list of articles on the subject, including the following:
[Please make note of the fact that the majority of the Jewish SQUATTERS in occupied Palestine are NOT SEMITIC at all and therefore they can create  a genetically Bio weapon that targets Arabs. Ashkanazi Jews would not give a shit if it affects Semitic Arab Jews who re treated as 2nd class citizen anyway. Also remember that Jewish Scientists who worked with the Nazis on the ‘Eugenics’ programme were transferred to California where the programme was continued under the auspices of that other War Criminal Henry Kissinger]

Free Tuition for Jews-Only — First, Murder Palestinian Kids

"They cheer the rockets blowing apart craniums. They sit on hills, those so-called holy hills, munching hummus and popcorn, sitting on their duffs, shitting in corners, cheering the death of children, grandfathers cut through with tungsten shells, happy that Boeing and General Dynamics and the entire explosives and high tech industries both Jew and Gentile of empire and genocide have created."
24th July 2014
Israel desperately covets Gaza's gas as a 'cheap stop-gap' yielding revenues of $6-7 billion a year, writes Nafeez Ahmed. The UK's BG and the US's Noble Energy are lined up to do the dirty work - but first Hamas must be 'uprooted' from Gaza, and Fatah bullied into cutting off its talks with Russia's Gazprom.
It is clear that without an overall military operation to uproot Hamas control of Gaza, no drilling work can take place without the consent of the radical Islamic movement.
"Israel's current offensive in the Gaza Strip is by no means an energy war", writesAllison Good in The National Interest in a response to my Ecologist / Guardian article exposing the role of natural gas in Israel's invasion of Gaza.
This "has not stopped conspiracy theorists from alleging that the IDF's Operation Protective Edge aims to assert control over Palestinians gas and avert an Israeli energy crisis."
Describing me as a "self-proclaimed" international security journalist engaging in "shoddy logic, evidence and language", Good - who works as a contractor for Noble Energy, the Texas-based oil major producing gas from Israel's reserves in the Mediterranean Sea - claims that:
"Israel is nowhere close to experiencing an energy crisis and has no urgent or near-future need for the natural gas located offshore Gaza. While Israel gains nothing for its energy industry by hitting Gaza, it stands to lose significantly more."
If you don't like the evidence - ignore it
Yet Good's missive is full of oversimplifications and distortions. She points out that Israel's recently discovered Tamar and Leviathan fields together hold an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas - which, she claims "are expected to meet Israel's domestic energy needs for at least the next twenty-five years" while simultaneously sustaining major exports.
"Israel is not using Operation Protective Edge to steal the Gaza Marine gas field from the Palestinians, and it is irresponsible to claim otherwise", she asserts. Yet her blanket dismissal simply ignores the evidence.
In early 2011, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed new negotiations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Abu-Mazen over development of the Gaza Marine reservoir.
"The proposal was made in view of Israel's natural gas shortage following the cessation of gas deliveries from Egypt", reported the Israeli business daily Globes.
US-based Noble's Gaza gas grab
But since 2012, Israel began unilaterally developing the Noa South gas reserve in the Mediterranean off the coast of Gaza, estimated to contain about 1.2 billion cubic metres.
According to Globes, Israel had previously "refrained from ordering development of the Noa field, fearing that this would lead to diplomatic problems vis-à-vis the Palestinian Authority" as the field is "partly under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority in the economic zone of the Gaza Strip."
Allison Good's employer, Noble Energy, "convinced" Israel's Ministry of National Infrastructures that the company's drilling would "not spill over into other parts of the reserve."
"Israel wanted to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority to develop Israel's Noa South reservoir, which spreads into Gaza's maritime area", reported Globes. "In the end, Israel decided to develop the Noa reservoir without any official agreement."
Israel's secret gas talks
Despite repeated breakdowns in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to exploit the Gaza Marine gas reserves, Israel's interest only accelerated
In May last year, Israeli officials were in "secret talks" for months with the British Gas Group (BG Group), which owns the license over Gaza's offshore resources, over development of the reserves.
According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Gaza Marine holds about 1.6 trillion cubic feet in recoverable gas, and "offshore Gaza territory may hold additional energy resources."
Determining the size of these additional resources requires further exploration which, however, is limited by "uncertainty around maritime delineation between Israel, Gaza, and Egypt."
Senior Israeli sources said that the Gaza gas issue was expected to come up in US President Barack Obama's talks with Israeli leaders during his visit to Israel at the time.
The Palestinians - who own the gas - were excluded
The talks also included Netanyahu's personal envoy Yitzak Molcho and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in his capacity as Quartet (US, UK, EU, Russia) special envoy to the Middle East.
Palestinian leaders, though, were excluded from these talks due to "political sensitivities and the complex relationship between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas."
By October that year, the Financial Times reported that Netanyahu remained "very supportive" of the Gaza Marine gas project "which would see the fields exploited on behalf of the Palestinian Authority by investors led by BG Group."
If all went ahead, the fields could be producing gas by 2017, generating "$6bn to $7bn of revenues a year." An "energy industry source" cited by FT told the newspaper that:
"Israel may now see Gaza Marine as providing a useful alternative source of gas, especially at a time when its pipeline imports from Egypt have been disrupted due to unrest in the Sinai peninsula.
"Mr Netanyahu's government faces criticism and a court challenge from opposition politicians over its plans to export up to 40 per cent of natural gas produced from its own, much larger Mediterranean gas reserves.
"Israel, the industry source said, may feel that gas from Gaza would allow it to reduce its reliance on the consortium led by Noble and Delek Energy now developing Israel's Tamar and Leviathan offshore gasfields."
Quashing the gas deal
But as Good herself noted in the same month in Dubai's The National, there remained one problem:
"Hamas retains de facto jurisdiction over the Gaza Strip and, consequently, over Gaza Marine. The PA cannot negotiate on behalf of Hamas, and any agreement that Israel could make with Ramallah would certainly be declared null and void in Gaza. Israel also still refuses to negotiate with Hamas."
And despite negotiations to exploit Gaza's gas speeding ahead between Israeli government and BG Group officials, Netanyahu "quashed" a $4 billion economic stimulus initiative proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry which "included a proposal for the exploitation of Gaza Marine."
Why was Netanyahu simultaneously pushing forward negotiations over Gaza's gas, while also blocking and excluding any deal that would grant any Palestinian entity inclusion in the deal?
Israel's gas reserves inflated, consumption understated
As noted in my article, and ignored by Noble Energy contractor Allison Good, the drive to access Gaza's gas was likely magnified in the context of a report by Israeli government chief scientists Sinai Netanyahu and Shlomo Wald of the Energy and Water Resources Ministry.
That report was submitted to the Tzemach committee tasked with drafting a national gas policy, but was covered up until Ha'aretz obtained a leaked copy.
The Tzemach committee recommended the government to export 53% of its gas - reduced to 40% this June - amidst widespread allegations of "improper conduct" and deliberate inflation of reserve figures.
Indeed, according to the report of the Israeli chief scientists, the government's gas policy is based on underestimating future Israeli demand and overestimating the country's gas production potential.
In reality, the scientists said, Israel will need "50% more natural gas than has been forecast until now and its offshore reserves will be empty in less than 40 years."
Israel's looming gas crunch
The most optimistic estimate received by the Tzemach committee was that Israel would need 364 billion cubic meters of gas. In contrast, the chief scientists argued that by 2040, Israel would need 650 billion cubic meters, after which the country would consume 40 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
At this rate, "even if Israel chooses not to export any gas, it will entirely exhaust its offshore reserves" by 2055. This assessment, further, ignores that "not all the gas is likely to be commercially extractable."
The upshot is that Israel cannot simultaneously export gas and retain sufficient quantities to meet its domestic needs.
And if Israel exhausts its gas resources "it will be forced to return to oil to meet its energy needs, even though global oil production is expected to start declining by 2035." The scientists noted that "if oil output drops by even 15%, its price is likely to spike by 550%."
These concerns are compounded by the consistent under-performance of several of Israel's recent gas discoveries compared to the hype, such as in the Sara, Myra, Ishai, and Elijah-3 reserves.
As Israel faces a 2015 gas shortage, Gaza's gas is a cheap stop-gap
Sohbet Karbuz, head of hydrocarbons at Observatoire Méditerranéen de l'Energie (OME) in Paris, points out that much of the gas was not in hindsight commercially recoverable. As he writes in the Journal of Energy Security,
"There is no certainty that it will be commercially possible to produce any percentage of contingent resources."
Israel's gas export policy, he thus remarks with reference to the much-vaunted Tamar and Leviathan fields, is based "partly on a mixture of hype and hope on the one hand, and reserves and prospective resources on the other."
Drilling in Israel's Leviathan reserves which was supposed to begin in December 2013 has been postponed to later this year due to high gas pressures at lower depths. In the meantime,reports Jewish Business News,
"Postponing Leviathan's development could have major repercussions on Israel's economy, which will face a natural gas shortage from 2015."
Israel needs the Gaza Marine as a stop-gap, but wants it cheap, and is unwilling to exploit the reserves through any Palestinian entity.
UK Foreign Office - 'Israel won't pay the full whack'
Official British Foreign Office (FCO) documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Palestinian think-tank Al-Shabaka based in Washington DC shine new light on this.
According to email correspondence between the FCO's Near East Group and the British Consulate General in Jerusalem in November 2009, Israel had refused to pay market price for Gaza's gas. One Foreign Office official said:
"Israel won't (i) pay the full whack [for the gas] (ii) guarantee to give a certain cut direct to the PA. So BG aren't getting the gas out of the sea-bed. They are content to exploit other reserves and come back to this one when the price is right."
Another email dated 29th June 2010 noted that despite large reserves of gas discovered between Israel and Cyprus giving Israel the opportunity to become a net gas exporter, Israeli officials saw potential for the Gaza Marine to function as "a stop-gap measure before the new finds come fully on stream."
On 8th February 2011, UK ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould wrote to the FCO explaining that Israel intended to therefore seek the development of Gaza's gas reserves as this would
"enhance Palestinian opportunities; reduce Gaza's dependence on Israel; and diversify Israel's sources of gas. [redacted] added that this last point had been given added topicality by the attack this weekend on the gas pipeline from Egypt."
British Gas and Israel collude to exclude Hamas
The biggest obstacle as far as Israel is concerned is Hamas, the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the prospect of a strong independent Palestinian state.
An April 2014 policy paper for the European Parliament's directorate-general of external policies points out that "distrust" between all these parties, particularly "political divisions on the Palestine side" have "hindered the negotiations."
After Hamas was elected to power in the Gaza Strip in 2006, the group declared from the outset that Israel's agreements with the PA were illegitimate, and that Hamas was the rightful owner of the Gaza Marine resources.
But BG Group and Israeli officials had come up with a strategy to bypass Hamas. A BG official told the Jerusalem Post in August 2007 that
"BG and Israel have arrived at an 'understanding' that will transfer funds intended for the PA's Palestinian Investment Fund into an international bank account, where they will be held until the PA can retake control of the Gaza Strip."
Under this plan, "Both Israel and BG intend that until the PA is able to remove Hamas from power in the Gaza Strip, the money will be held in an international bank account. Neither side wants the money to go to fund terror-related activities."
Hamas must be uprooted from Gaza
The plan was, according to an Infrastructures Ministry official cited by the Jerusalem Post, about "circumventing the possibility that Israeli money will end up in the wrong hands" by arranging "a payment plan" that would "completely exclude Hamas".
In the same year, incumbent Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya'alon - then former IDF chief of staff - explicitly advocated that the only way in which Gaza's gas could be developed was through an Israeli military incursion to eliminate Hamas.
Ya'alon's concern was that "Palestinian gas profits would likely end up funding terrorism against Israel", a threat which "is not limited to Hamas" and includes the Fatah-run PA. As preventing gas proceeds from "reaching Palestinian terror groups" is "impossible", Ya'alon concluded:
"It is clear that without an overall military operation to uproot Hamas control of Gaza, no drilling work can take place without the consent of the radical Islamic movement."
Ya'alon's concerns voiced in 2007 - and the prospect of using military force to begin gas production in Gaza - remain relevant today. As the man in charge of Israel's current war on Gaza, Ya'alon is now in a position to execute the vision he had outlined a year before Operation Cast Lead.
Extending Israeli sovereignty over Gaza
Thus, the exclusion of Palestinian representatives - whether Fatah or Hamas - from the latest negotiations between Israel and BG Gas is no accident.
While PA president Mahmoud Abbas was independently seeking to reach a deal with Russia's Gazprom to develop the Gaza Marine, Netanyahu had already "made explicitly clear that he could never, ever, countenance a fully sovereign Palestinian state" - which is why he deliberately torpedoed the peace process, according to US officials.
The other factor in this equation is the legal challenge to the Gaza gas proposals from Yam Thetis, a consortium of three Israeli firms and Samedan Oil.
Samedan is a subsidiary of the same US oil company, Noble Energy, that employs National Interest contributor Allison Good, and which has been operating in the Noa South field that overlaps Gaza.
Yam Thetis' principal argument was that "BG had no right to drill in Palestinian waters as the Palestinian Authority is not a state and cannot grant such a right to drill in offshore Gaza."
The upshot is that Noble Energy's consortium should have the right to extend its drilling into the Gaza Marine on behalf of Israel - and at the expense of the Palestinians.
Removing the obstacles - Hamas and the PA
Since the Oslo Accords, although the PA's maritime jurisdiction extends up to 20 nautical miles from the coast, Israel has incrementally reduced Gaza's maritime jurisdiction by 85% from 20 to 3 nautical miles - effectively reversing Palestinian sovereignty over the Gaza Marine.
But with Israel's determination to access Gaza's gas accelerating in the context of the risk of a 2015 energy crunch, the fundamental obstacle to doing so remained not just the intransigent Hamas, but an insufficiently pliant PA seeking to engage the west's arch-geopolitical rival, Russia.
Israel's own commitment to blocking a two-state solution and bypassing Hamas meant that its only option to bring Gaza's gas into production was to do so directly - with, it seems, the competing collusion of American and British energy companies.
The IDF's Gaza operation, launched fraudulently in the name of self-defence, is certainly though not exclusively about permanently altering the facts on the ground in Gaza to head-off the PA's ambitions for autonomously developing the Marine gas reserves, and to eliminate Hamas' declared sovereignty over them.

Also by Nafeez Ahmed: 'Gaza: Israel's $4 billion gas grab'.
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development in London. He has advised the British Foreign Office, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and US State Department, and his work was officially used by the 9/11 Commission. He writes for The Ecologist and The Guardian on the geopolitics of interconnected environmental, energy and economic crises.
His latest nonfiction book is A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save it (2010), and his forthcoming novel, Zero Point, is out this August
[makes one wonder about this writer who advises the British ‘Establishment’- 2 of the worst kind, the Foreign Office and Sandhurst no less!!]

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