This is Jerusalem, in 1900. Different religions living together: no checkpoints, no wall, no dissent, no soldiers launching missiles. Just peace.
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Looking at the chaos raging in the Middle East in 2014 it’s tempting to bemoan religious differences which, once again, explode into wars which unsettle our peaceful, democratic, nations in the West. But looking at Jerusalem in 1900, that idea doesn’t make any sense.
Peep beneath the surface of today’s energy and weapons economies and you’ll see the real situation is of our own doing. Which terrorists created this hornet’s nest, and who paid for it – because weapons are VERY expensive – and who sat by and watched it get to the stage where armies were now massacring thousands of completely blameless, innocent people? Us. Or more correctly, the people we cheered into power. Who did all this? We did.
In this post I will explain how:
- ..the chaos in the Middle East is not caused by religious differences, but by the weapons and oil interests desperate to profit by changing state borders
- ..Israel created Hamas to split the Palestinian Authority, justify avoiding treating Palestinians as a legitimate state, and justify the invasion of Gaza
- ..Israel wants to occupy Gaza to grab its vast offshore natural gas
- ..Isis was created as part of America’s “Hornet’s Nest” strategy to justify military action in Syria and Iraq. It is funded by American allies Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia
- ..The senators calling for wars are directly in the pay of the weapons business
- ..The media is used as a terror machine to prod the masses into states of fear
Multiple sources and adequate historic information are provided. What will come out of this hornet’s nest is anyone’s guess, but it isn’t likely to be good.
The important things to take away are (1) this horrible mess is self-created and perpetuated by our continuing ignorance, and (2) that it arose because our governments are not and have never been independent democracies. Instead, they are manipulated by those who steer exactly the same course, benefitting the same groups, no matter which party of squabbling political hacks bumbles in and out every few years.
This elite layer see the masses as nothing but cattle, and care less for fame than their continued privileges of vast wealth and power. Privileges which they will never consider, even for a moment, letting cattle vote away.
Just as 9/11 turned an entire religion into a Lee Harvey Oswald-style patsy so PNAC, Halliburton and the Pentagon – via frontmen in the White House and Downing Street – could launch wars for oil and gas all over the Middle East, and bring down an iron fist on dissenters at home into the bargain, the reality today is so different from that portrayed in the media that the simple truth seems quite unbelievable.
1947 map of Palestine: the dark areas were recommended to be Palestinian, the light areas (of palestine) to be Israeli. It didn’t quite work that way, because the Israelis kept launching attacks to gain more and more land. Which they should really give back, if there is any such thing as international law
To consider means drastically revising our concept of the world’s ruling cabals, and to fully accept it is to experience a traumatic and life-changing shock. But this truth has to be confronted and considered, on the basis of the evidence before us. If those who orchestrate world events invent terrifying enemies to manipulate us, they also project onto them their own savage personalities.
Civilians under siege
In the last month, 270,000 people have been forced out of their homes in Gaza by a fanatical, psychotic and heavily armed militia called the IDF, under threat of immediate and savage murder. Ten minute warnings are given in which people are expected to abandon everything they own or hold dear, everything they spent their lives collecting or building, grab their traumatised children and flee for their lives. That same number again have been forced out of their homes in Iraq, threatened in the same way by another crazed group of thugs, this time named Isis.
To their victims, these two groups must seem about the same, though while the IDF consider themselves to be the Master Race and Palestinians as disposable cattle, and would never offer the alternative of religious conversion which Isis offers their victims, both groups of maniacs slaughter men, women and children in the most gruesome ways imaginable. But how the West reacts to these two bands of thugs is very, very different.
Keeping control of other people and their land has always required efficient killing machinery. Lockheed Martin has always been delighted to fill this need.
The IDF are excused genocide because Israel is an energy and weapons partner to America. Palestinians are not regarded as worth protecting by protective bombing campaigns because they have nothing the West wants. Isis are allowed to do whatever they like because the aim is to terrify western populations to the point that they will beg the government to take action, to enter wars which only a few months ago the public were dead set against. And here we see the hand of the cabal slyly arranging the pieces, just as was done before all the wars of the past, to get their way.
The killing machinery used by the IDF in Gaza is far more cruel than even the methods used by the other terror group mentioned here, Isis. Explosive devices were delivered to UN shelters while children slept. “The world stands disgraced,” said the UN itself.
Even to the media-blindfolded public, the horrors of Israel’s militia are more comprehensible than those of Isis. This is because the IDF has a long track record of grisly violence against Palestinians, whom they consider subhuman. Having bulldozed their houses, thrown out the occupants, taken over farms and diverted water, Israel finally erected a massive wall with armed checkpoints to better contain and ferment the seething anger of those whose life they stole. The more anger, the more resistance; the more resistance, the more Israel can throw up its arms in mock horror and proceed to launch savage massacres while chanting “they started it”.
I witnessed one of many examples of the siege on Gaza when I visited in November 2006. In the town of Beit Hanoun, an incursion by Israeli occupation forces resulted in the deaths of over 85 people with more than 300 seriously wounded. Israeli authorities justified this carnage as “retaliation” after one Israeli woman in the bordering town of Sderot was killed by a homemade Qassam rocket fired from Gaza.
On 8 November, after Israeli tanks and bulldozers had pulled out of Beit Hanoun, 120 extended members of the al-Athmina family were asleep. At about 4:30 am, the Israeli military fired multiple artillery shells directly into their large apartment for 10 minutes. Nineteen members of this family were massacred and 45 seriously wounded.
I found myself at the al-Athamina family apartment in Beit Hanoun a week later, climbing through the ruined apartment and interviewing survivors. I visited graves of 16 family members buried hastily in the sand under the watchful eye of Israeli tanks.
This massacre created an international incident. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was sent by the UN to investigate, but Israel denied him entry into Gaza for 18 months. He finally entered Gaza via Egypt in May 2008.
..Dr. Bill Dienst, rural family and emergency room physician from Omak, Washington, and graduate of the UW School of Medicine and Tacoma Family Medicine Family Practice Residency Program. He was the ship’s doctor on the boat which tried to break the siege of Gaza and bring international attention to the terror inflicted there by the Israeli military.
The iron grip on Gaza is so strong and the tyranny so great that a recent attempt by a small boat manned only by journalists and peace activists to publicly break the siege of Gaza was met with armed Israeli mercenaries dropping in via a helicopter gunship and resulted in the murder of several unarmed civilians, some of whom had been shot through the top of the head, something the Israeli PR machine had to twist itself into knots to justify. A photo of the “weapons” carried by the boat’s occupants, and published by Israel, amounted to a collection of metal pieces wrested for defence from the ship’s machinery along with knives, forks, spoons, pencils and a few hankerchiefs. This massacre in international waters was routinely deplored by the UN, vetoed by America, then brushed under the carpet.
For a lengthy list of UN resolutions either broken by Israel (the world’s fourth largest military power) or vetoed by America up to the year 2011 see Appendix 2.
To promote dissent within Palestine and confound their late arch enemy Yasser Arafat with an energy-consuming extremist faction inside his own state, Israel formed, trained and funded the group Hamas. Hamas served its purpose well, tapping into a bedrock of Palestinian fury and becoming the dominant force in the Gaza strip, allowing Israel, too, to discount the legitimate Palestinian Authority and declare Gaza a terrorist-run state which they could now cheerfully go to war with, throwing up their arms in mock horror: “Oooh look! They started it! But they’re terrorists – what can we expect?” and justifying the next round of savage massacres.
Did Israel really start a terrorist group?
There’s no doubt about it. According to Robert Dreyfuss, author of Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam:
“..beginning in 1967 through the late 1980s, Israel helped the Muslim Brotherhood establish itself in the occupied territories. It assisted Ahmed Yassin, the leader of the Brotherhood, in creating Hamas, betting that its Islamist character would weaken the PLO.”
According to Charles Freeman, former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, “Israel started Hamas. It was a project of Shin Bet (Israel’s own CIA), which had a feeling that they could use it to hem in the PLO.”
Feelings running high on social media, as more and more people become aware of the devastating terrorism launched against Palestinians
One aspect of that strategy was the creation of the Village Leagues, over which Yassin and the Brotherhood exercised much influence. Israel trained about 200 members of the Leagues and recruited many paid informers.
New York Times Reporter David Shipler cites the Israeli military governor of Gaza as boasting that Israel expressly financed the fundamentalists against the PLO:
Politically speaking, Islamic fundamentalists were regarded as useful to Israel because they had conflicts with the secular supporters of the PLO.
Violence between the two groups erupted occasionally on West Bank university campuses. Israeli military governor of the Gaza Strip, Brigadier General Yitzhak Segev, once told me how he had financed the Islamic movement as a counterweight to the PLO and the Communists.
‘The Israeli Government gave me a budget and the military government gives to the mosques,’ he said.
Gaza is now a concentration camp measuring 365 sq km (less than one quarter the size of Greater London) in which 1.8 million people are held under siege. The rockets fired at Israel result from despair and hatred, to attract attention from a world which otherwise, weary at the endless protection of Israel’s aggressive, paranoid terror state by America, looks away, also in despair. These rockets are glorified fireworks without explosive warheads and do little or no damage. As we saw these last few weeks, Israeli weapons are another matter entirely: their fragmentation and flechette bombs are carefully designed by experts to shred human flesh into mincemeat.
If public figures complain about the genocide, and the flimsy logic of “they started it” is torn to shreds, Israel’s last stand is to throw up its hands in mock horror, shout about the Nazi Holocaust and label their critics anti-semitic. Presumably just like these protestors:
(1) Why should Israel massacre civilians in Gaza?
This is the first question to ask, and one which the mainstream media never concern themselves with. Why should Israel be burning millions of dollars in British and American killing machines to destroy a camp which they control in almost every respect? Why should the IDF direct thousands of civilians to flee into specific UN schools shelters, and then bomb those exact locations?
The abduction and murder of three Israeli youths was, at first, given as the trigger. But as tapes of the abduction showed, the voices ordering the youths to keep their heads down was speaking in Hebrew. It was later admitted that the Palestinians had nothing whatsoever to do with it. So we have to dig a little deeper, something few have time or patience for.
The reason Gaza is being bombed is because just offshore are immense reserves of natural gas which Israel want to get their hands on before the people of Gaza – who, having been walled into a concentration camp are now without gas, electricity or even water – can see a penny of benefit. Israel has already made clear that it has no intention of ever buying gas from the Palestinians.
British Gas (BG Group) and its partner, the Athens based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) owned by Lebanon’s Sabbagh and Koury families, were granted oil and gas exploration rights in a 25 year agreement signed in November 1999 with the Palestinian Authority.
The rights to the offshore gas field are respectively British Gas (60 percent); Consolidated Contractors (CCC) (30 percent); and the Investment Fund of the Palestinian Authority (10 percent). (Haaretz, October 21, 2007).
The BG Group drilled two wells in 2000: Gaza Marine-1 and Gaza Marine-2. Reserves are estimated by British Gas to be of the order of 1.4 trillion cubic feet, valued at approximately 4 billion dollars. These are the figures made public by British Gas. The size of Palestine’s gas reserves could be much larger.
Michel Chossudovsky (8 Jan 2009)
This is the real reason for the continued bombing campaign, one which has actually been underway for over a decade, a crime neatly masked by an Israeli PR machine carefully honed to present an innocent-bystander face to the American public. Describe the Palestinains’ request to return to their stolen homes as “demands”, it states, “since Americans dislike those who make demands”.
Frank Luntz, a Republican strategist, produced this confidential booklet in 2009, which was promptly leaked, advising Israeli spokesmen how best to manipulate American and European public opinion. Ron Dermer, a man so close to Netanyahu that he is nicknamed “Bibi’s brain”, is now the Israeli ambassador to Washington and regularly attacks American papers for writing about tragedies in Gaza and says: “Don’t confuse messages with facts.”
According to Unicef, 230 children have been killed in Gaza, an average of ten a day, and 2,000 have been wounded by Israeli bombs, shells and bullets.
Israeli spokesmen are now denying their responsibility for the most notorious and televised atrocities such as the strike on the UN hospital last week. This is an old PR tactic, though not one recommended by Dr Luntz, which is sometime referred to as “first you say no story, then you say old story”. In other words, deny everything in the teeth of the evidence on day one and, by the time definitive proof of the massacre comes through, nobody notices when you have to admit responsibility.
Luntz cites as an example of an “effective Israeli sound bite” one which reads: “I particularly want to reach out to Palestinian mothers who have lost their children. No parent should have to bury their child.”
The study admits that the Israeli government does not really want a two-state solution, but says this should be masked because 78 per cent of Americans do. Hopes for the economic betterment of Palestinians should be emphasised.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is quoted with approval for saying that it is “time for someone to ask Hamas: what exactly are YOU doing to bring prosperity to your people”. The hypocrisy of this beggars belief: it is the seven-year-old Israeli economic siege that has reduced the Gaza to poverty and misery.
See Appendix 1 for detailed information on Israel’s operation Cast Lead and their ongoing attempts to steal the gas – in contravention of international law – from under the noses of those to whom it rightly belongs.
(2) Why is Isis rampaging through Syria and Iraq?
The current rationale given for the existence of Isis is that the power vaccuum created by America withdrawing from Iraq allowed fanatics to seize control. But America currently monitors dissenters so closely that drone strikes are carried out every week against specific targets – wedding parties, funerals, children’s barbeques, traffic jams – in at least five countries. How then could it be possible that an entire army, armed and trained and on the move, and Hell-bent on reshaping the borders of key oil states in the Middle East, could form overnight and proceed to ransack two countries without alerting the watchful eye and highly sensitive ears of the US war machine and its web of informers, spies and satellites?
Cranking up the terror machine: western media obligingly describes Isis’ atrocities in lurid detail, forgetting to mention that our own governments created them. Oops!
Once again the simple answer isn’t religion or ideology, it’s natural gas. Arabic states friendly to America desperately want to run a major gas pipeline through Syria, something Syria’s president Assad won’t allow. Therefore with the full knowledge and co-operation of America they’ve armed and funded resistance groups to carry out whatever atrocities are necessary to allow American military intervention and unseat Assad.
To the sponsors of these terror factions, human life is cheap. It’s practically worthless next to the trillions of dollars vast quantities of natural gas could generate. And it’s this mindset which normal people have such a difficulty accepting. Could anyone holding the reins of power really wipe out hundreds, thousands, or millions of innocent people in exchange for vast, uncountable wealth? The answer is yes: from the Dutch Rubber plantations, to England’s Chinese slave labour manning the stolen Transvaal gold mines, to the millions slaughtered in WW1 and WW2 simply to feed the arms business, to the thousands who perished by Henry Kissinger’s hand in Vietnam, Korea, the Phillipines and Cambodia, or the thousands at Ground Zero burnt alive to satisfy PNAC and Halliburton and Raytheon, the answer has always been a resounding YES.
Isis is but one creation of the CIA, a proxy force for the American war machine, and is fully supported by Israel.
In 2013 John Kerry stated that Arab countries had offered to pay the full cost of military action in Syria to overthrow Assad – who, rejecting the Arab states, had signed oil deals with Russia and China – and allow the gas pipelines to run undisturbed.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., asked for an estimated amount the Arabs might contribute. Kerry replied that they offered to pay for a full invasion.
“In fact, some of them have said that if the United States is prepared to go do the whole thing the way we’ve done it previously in other places, they’ll carry that cost,” Kerry said. “That’s how dedicated they are at this. That’s not on the cards, and nobody’s talking about it, but they’re talking in serious ways about getting this done.”
Unmentioned are major gas and oil deals that could impact the economies of Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia enormously.
A proposed Syrian gas pipeline to carry 3.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day (according to Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Javad Oji) would drastically undercut the strategic energy power of U.S. ally Qatar and cut Turkey out of the deal. Accordingly it has been dubbed the “Islamic pipeline” and, thanks to Assad, favors Russia and Iran against the Western energy interests. Set to open in 2016, Iran, Iraq and Syria signed a deal in 2010 to construct the 3,480-mile natural gas pipeline connecting Iran’s South Pars field to European customers.
Perhaps in a bid to wean Russia off of the Islamic pipeline, Saudi Arabia last month presented a plan to Moscow in which Russia would reject Syria’s president in return for a huge arms deal and a pledge to boost Russian influence in the Arab world.
Agence France-Presse reported President Vladimir Putin refused the plan in a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
Bandar reportedly proposed that Saudi Arabia buy $15 billion of weapons from Russia and invest “considerably in the country,” according to AFP.
Demonstrating that oil interests are clearly at play, AFP reported: “The Saudi prince also reassured Putin that ‘whatever regime comes after’ Assad, it will be ‘completely’ in the Saudis’ hands and will not sign any agreement allowing any Gulf country to transport its gas across Syria to Europe and compete with Russian gas exports.”
..Aaron Klein, with Joshua Klein
But the plans hit a snag when the US military itself, weary of constant wars launched by the cabal infesting Western governments, media, weapons companies and banks, joined the antiwar campaign, kicking up such a stink that the warmongers never got their planes off the ground.
So, weapons sales reps like John McCain went to town, demanding military intervention in Syria. What McCain didn’t reveal was that he’d been bought by Raytheon, sellers of $33 million dollar missiles to the gentry, and had become a pimp for these human abbatoirs. His push failed because the general public and the military would simply not buy it, however much he flapped his arms and blustered about evil. When confronted with nearly 2000 civilians slaughtered mercilessly by Israel, and tens of thousands injured by “traumatic amputations” caused by fragmentation bombs in UN shelters, he became awfully bashful and went into hiding. Nobody would thank him for ratting out a US energy and weapons partner.
A quick look at who got paid the most by weapons companies shows the true powersat work: no matter which political party comes and goes in the fancy buildings, these racketeers are the ones with the money, the ones pulling the strings:
The promise of delivering war caused a huge boost to Raytheon’s stock value. McCain was obligated to pimp for the weapons boys because they’d paid him handsomely
Luckily, the West already had a Plan B: Isis. This terror group led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has long roots; you can see evidence of mercenaries training at an Israeli camp as far back as 2011.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “took intensive military training for a whole year in the hands of Mossad, besides courses in theology and the art of speech,” the documents explain, according to Gulf Daily News, a Bahrainian source.
The “Hornet’s nest’’ strategy aims to bring all the major threats to one place in order to shake the stability of the Arab countries.
Besides military training, Al Baghdadi studied communication and public speaking skills in order to attract “terrorists” from all the corners of the world.
The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), an independent non-profit organization in the province of Quebec, Canada, which focuses on research and media, relayed a story about this as well, adding that “three countries created a terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place,” using the aforementioned “hornet’s nest” strategy.
This backup plan, the Hornet’s Nest, was introduced to the public via screaming headlines in the mass media – until, formerly against the idea, they now clamoured for war, for air strikes, for military action, for bombs and missiles to be launched immediately to save everyone from the terror, just as had always happened in the past when the public was exposed to the media’s terror engine.
The truth is that the cabals in charge of Western democracies – which are in actuality no such thing – create terror groups and project their own pathological nature onto them. These groups are demonised and thrown into the face of the public until the clamour for war outweighs the clamour for peace; weapons can at last be sold, oil and gas can at last be commandeered. The reason Isis is being bombed now is because they have reached Irbil, and, like Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Hamas and Mohammar Gaddafi, having outlived their usefulness, will be introduced to America’s unique retirement scheme.
Erbil, a city of 1.5 million people is the administrative center for the Kurdish regional oil industry and a quarter of Iraq’s oil production. The oil reserves are so large in this region that if Kurds were to break off from Iraq and establish their own country, the new nation would stand as the ninth largest oil producer in the world.
As John B. Judis writes for the New Republic,
If the Islamic State were to take over Erbil, they would endanger Iraq’s oil production and global access to oil.
Prices would surge at a time when Europe, which buys oil from Iraq, has still not escaped the global recession. Oil prices have already risen in response to the Islamic State’s threat to Erbil, and on Thursday, American oil companies Chevron and Exxon Mobile began evacuating their personnel from Kurdistan.
But oil traders are predicting that American intervention could halt the rise. “In essence we find U.S. air strikes more bearish than bullish for oil as the act finally draws a line for Isis and reinforces both the stability in south Iraq and in Kurdistan,” Oliver Jakob, a Swiss oil analyst, told Reuters.
Only one more question: why does Israel seem totally unconcerned about such a fanatical, extremist threat on its own doorstep, focusing instead on the massacre of helpless civilians in the Gaza strip?
This curious fact was also raised by Nabil Na’eem, the former al-Qaeda commander who recently gave an interview to Al-Maydeen where he stated that these organizations of Islamic terror were in fact controlled by the CIA. Na’eem stated in regards to Issam Hattito,
For instance, Issam Hattito, head of Muslim Brotherhood responsible for leading the battles against Bashar Assad, where does he reside? Is he in Beirut? Riyadh or Cairo? He’s residing in Tel Aviv.
Ahmad Jarba, does he stay in Riyadh, Cairo or Tehran? He’s moving between New York, Paris and London, his employers, who pay his expenses . . .
Na’eem is right to point out these odd bedfellows because it provides one small piece of a larger puzzle – that Israel, along with its cohorts in the West (the United States and Europe) are not victims of Islamic terror, they are sponsors of it.
Israel has provided medical assistance to Syrian rebels for at least a year, as pointed out by Colum Lynch of The Cable, the news wing of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In February 2014, Israeli PM Netanyahu actually visited one of the medical facilities in which the Syrian rebels were being treated and posed for a photo op shaking hands with a death squad fighter.
More notable than even the medical services, is the fact that Israel has provided military support to the terrorist death squads in the form of artillery and air force bombing campaigns. These attacks are generally timed to coincide with gains made by Assad on the ground against the Western-backed fighters.
As Israel has provided military and medical support to the most bloodthirsty and brutal Islamic extremist terrorists in the world and created Hamas, the answer to the question of “Why aren’t organizations like Nusra, al-Qaeda, and ISIS attacking Israel?” is quite simple – because Israel is busy helping them out, having been partly responsible for funding and directing them.
According a document recently released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Isis, is an intelligence asset.
Nabil Na’eem, founder of the Islamic Democratic Jihad Party and former top al-Qaeda commander, told the Beirut-based pan-Arab TV station al-Maydeen that all current al-Qaeda affiliates, including ISIS, work for the CIA.
(1) Who Owns Palestinian Gas Fields?
(2) UN Resolutions Against Israel
(3) The West, Israel and Isis
Appendix 1: Who Owns Palestinian Gas Fields?
Article sourced from: http://www.globalresearch.ca
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.
In 2003, Ariel Sharon, vetoed an initial deal, which would allow British Gas to supply Israel with natural gas from Gaza’s offshore wells. (The Independent, August 19, 2003)
The election victory of Hamas in 2006 was conducive to the demise of the Palestinian Authority, which became confined to the West Bank, under the proxy regime of Mahmoud Abbas.
In 2006, British Gas “was close to signing a deal to pump the gas to Egypt.” (Times, May, 23, 2007). According to reports, British Prime Minister Tony Blair intervened on behalf of Israel with a view to shunting the agreement with Egypt.
The following year, in May 2007, the Israeli Cabinet approved a proposal by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert “to buy gas from the Palestinian Authority.” The proposed contract was for $4 billion, with profits of the order of $2 billion of which one billion was to go the Palestinians.
Tel Aviv, however, had no intention on sharing the revenues with Palestine. An Israeli team of negotiators was set up by the Israeli Cabinet to thrash out a deal with the BG Group, bypassing both the Hamas government and the Palestinian Authority:
“Israeli defence authorities want the Palestinians to be paid in goods and services and insist that no money go to the Hamas-controlled Government.” (Ibid, emphasis added)
The objective was essentially to nullify the contract signed in 1999 between the BG Group and the Palestinian Authority under Yasser Arafat.
Under the proposed 2007 agreement with BG, Palestinian gas from Gaza’s offshore wells was to be channeled by an undersea pipeline to the Israeli seaport of Ashkelon, thereby transferring control over the sale of the natural gas to Israel.
The deal fell through. The negotiations were suspended:
”Mossad Chief Meir Dagan opposed the transaction on security grounds, that the proceeds would fund terror”. (Member of Knesset Gilad Erdan, Address to the Knesset on “The Intention of Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to Purchase Gas from the Palestinians When Payment Will Serve Hamas,” March 1, 2006, quoted in Lt. Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon, Does the Prospective Purchase of British Gas from Gaza’s Coastal Waters Threaten Israel’s National Security? Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, October 2007)
Israel’s intent was to foreclose the possibility that royalties be paid to the Palestinians. In December 2007, The BG Group withdrew from the negotiations with Israel and in January 2008 they closed their office in Israel.
Invasion Plan on The Drawing Board
The invasion plan of the Gaza Strip under “Operation Cast Lead” was set in motion in June 2008, according to Israeli military sources:
“Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago [June or before June] , even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas.”(Barak Ravid, Operation “Cast Lead”: Israeli Air Force strike followed months of planning, Haaretz, December 27, 2008)
That very same month, the Israeli authorities contacted British Gas, with a view to resuming crucial negotiations pertaining to the purchase of Gaza’s natural gas:
“Both Ministry of Finance director general Yarom Ariav and Ministry of National Infrastructures director general Hezi Kugler agreed to inform BG of Israel’s wish to renew the talks.
The sources added that BG has not yet officially responded to Israel’s request, but that company executives would probably come to Israel in a few weeks to hold talks with government officials.” (Globes online- Israel’s Business Arena, June 23, 2008)
The decision to speed up negotiations with British Gas (BG Group) coincided, chronologically, with the planning of the invasion of Gaza initiated in June. It would appear that Israel was anxious to reach an agreement with the BG Group prior to the invasion, which was already in an advanced planning stage.
Moreover, these negotiations with British Gas were conducted by the Ehud Olmert government with the knowledge that a military invasion was on the drawing board. In all likelihood, a new “post war” political-territorial arrangement for the Gaza strip was also being contemplated by the Israeli government.
In fact, negotiations between British Gas and Israeli officials were ongoing in October 2008, 2-3 months prior to the commencement of the bombings on December 27th.
In November 2008, the Israeli Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of National Infrastructures instructed Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) to enter into negotiations with British Gas, on the purchase of natural gas from the BG’s offshore concession in Gaza. (Globes, November 13, 2008)
“Ministry of Finance director general Yarom Ariav and Ministry of National Infrastructures director general Hezi Kugler wrote to IEC CEO Amos Lasker recently, informing him of the government’s decision to allow negotiations to go forward, in line with the framework proposal it approved earlier this year.
The IEC board, headed by chairman Moti Friedman, approved the principles of the framework proposal a few weeks ago. The talks with BG Group will begin once the board approves the exemption from a tender.” (Globes Nov. 13, 2008)
Gaza and Energy Geopolitics
The military occupation of Gaza is intent upon transferring the sovereignty of the gas fields to Israel in violation of international law.
What can we expect in the wake of the invasion?
What is the intent of Israel with regard to Palestine’s Natural Gas reserves? A new territorial arrangement, with the stationing of Israeli and/or “peacekeeping” troops? The militarization of the entire Gaza coastline, which is strategic for Israel? The outright confiscation of Palestinian gas fields and the unilateral declaration of Israeli sovereignty over Gaza’s maritime areas?
If this were to occur, the Gaza gas fields would be integrated into Israel’s offshore installations, which are contiguous to those of the Gaza Strip.
These various offshore installations are also linked up to Israel’s energy transport corridor, extending from the port of Eilat, which is an oil pipeline terminal, on the Red Sea to the seaport – pipeline terminal at Ashkelon, and northwards to Haifa, and eventually linking up through a proposed Israeli-Turkish pipeline with the Turkish port of Ceyhan.
Appendix 2: UN resolutions against Israel
(a) US Vetoes of Resolutions Against Israel, 1972-2011.
- “…condemned Israel‘s attack against Southern against southern Lebanon and Syria…”
- “…affirmed the rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination, statehood and equal protections…”
- “…condemned Israel‘s air strikes and attacks in southern Lebanon and its murder of innocent civilians…”
- “…called for self-determination of Palestinian people…”
- “…deplored Israel‘s altering of the status of Jerusalem, which is recognized as an international city by most world nations and the United Nations…”
- “…affirmed the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people…”
- “…endorsed self-determination for the Palestinian people…”
- “…demanded Israel‘s withdrawal from the Golan Heights…”
- “…condemned Israel‘s mistreatment of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and its refusal to abide by the Geneva convention protocols of civilized nations…”
- “…condemned an Israeli soldier who shot eleven Moslem worshippers at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount near Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem…”
- “…urged sanctions against Israel if it did not withdraw from its invasion of Lebanon…”
- “…urged sanctions against Israel if it did not withdraw from its invasion of Beirut…”
- “…urged cutoff of economic aid to Israel if it refused to withdraw from its occupation of Lebanon…”
- “…condemned continued Israeli settlements in occupied territories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, denouncing them as an obstacle to peace…”
- “…deplores Israel‘s brutal massacre of Arabs in Lebanon and urges its withdrawal…”
- “…condemned Israeli brutality in southern Lebanon and denounced the Israeli ‘Iron Fist’ policy of repression…”
- “…denounced Israel‘s violation of human rights in the occupied territories…”
- “…deplored Israel‘s violence in southern Lebanon…”
- “…deplored Israel‘s activities in occupied Arab East Jerusalem that threatened the sanctity of Muslim holy sites…”
- “…condemned Israel‘s hijacking of a Libyan passenger airplane…”
- “…deplored Israel‘s attacks against Lebanon and its measures and practices against the civilian population of Lebanon…”
- “…called on Israel to abandon its policies against the Palestinian intifada that violated the rights of occupied Palestinians, to abide by the Fourth Geneva Conventions, and to formalize a leading role for the United Nations in future peace negotiations…”
- “…urged Israel to accept back deported Palestinians, condemned Israel‘s shooting of civilians, called on Israel to uphold the Fourth Geneva Convention, and called for a peace settlement under UN auspices…”
- “…condemned Israel‘s… incursion into Lebanon…”
- “…deplored Israel‘s… commando raids on Lebanon…”
- “…deplored Israel‘s repression of the Palestinian intifada and called on Israel to respect the human rights of the Palestinians…”
- “…deplored Israel‘s violation of the human rights of the Palestinians…”
- “…demanded that Israel return property confiscated from Palestinians during a tax protest and allow a fact-finding mission to observe Israel‘s crackdown on the Palestinian intifada…”
- “…called for a fact-finding mission on abuses against Palestinians in Israeli-occupied lands…”
- “…confirmed that the expropriation of land by Israel, the occupying power, in East Jerusalem was invalid, and called upon the Government of Israel to rescind the expropriation orders and refrain from such action in the future.”
- “…called on Israel to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the 1949 Geneva Convention” and to refrain from it’s policy of settlement expansion which “alter facts on the ground pre-empting final status negotiations, and have negative implications for the Middle East Peace Process;”
- “…demanded that Israel immediately cease construction of the Jabal Abu Ghneim settlement in East Jerusalem as well as other Israeli settlement activities in the occupied territories.”
- “… requested an unarmed UN Observer force to be sent to the West Bank to help protect Palestinian civilians.”
- “…requested the sending of a human rights monitoring force to the Occupied Territories and condemned all acts of terror, extra-judiciary killing, excessive use of force and house demolitions. Also expressed it determination to contribute to ending the violence and to prompting dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian sides.
- “…condemned the killing by the Israeli occupying forces ofseveral UN employees” and demanded that Israel, complied fully with the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War” and “refrained from the excessive and disproportionate use of force in the Occupied Palestinian Territory;”
- “…demanded that Israel ceased threats to deport or harm Yasser Arafat, the elected President of the Palestinian Authority;”
- “…decides that the construction by Israel, the occupying Power, of a wall in the Occupied Territories departing from the armistice line of 1949 is illegal under relevant provisions of international law and must be ceased and reversed;”
- “…condemned Israel for the extra-judicial executions that killed Sheikh Ahmed Yassin along with six other Palestinians outside a mosque in Gaza City and calls for a complete cessation of extra-judicial executions by Israel“
- “…condemned the military incursion into Gaza and demanded the immediate cessation of all military operations in the area of Northern Gaza and the withdrawal of the Israeli occupying forces from that area;
- “…condemned all acts of violence, terror and destruction during the Gaza conflict including rocket attacks by Hamas into Israel and the military assault being carried out by Israel.”
- “…called upon the Palestinian Authority to take immediate and sustained action to bring an end to violence, including the firing of rockets on Israeli territory. Called upon Israel to immediately cease its military operations within Gaza and to immediately withdraw its forces to to positions prior to 28 June 2006, and expressed grave concern about the dire humanitarian situation of the Palestinian people.”
- declared Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories were illegal and a “major obstacle to the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace”.
(b) UN Resolutions Against Israel, 1955 – 2011
Note that Israel is in violation of many of these Resolutions.
- Resolution 106: “…condemns Israel for Gaza raid”
- Resolution 111: “…condemns Israel for raid on Syria that killed fifty-six people”
- Resolution 127: “…recommends Israel suspend its ‘no-man’s zone’ in Jerusalem”
- Resolution 162: “…urges Israel to comply with UN decisions”
- Resolution 171: “…determines flagrant violations by Israel in its attack on Syria”
- Resolution 228: “…censures Israel for its attack on Samu in the West Bank, then under Jordanian control”
- Resolution 237: “…urges Israel to allow return of new 1967 Palestinian refugees”
- Resolution 248: “…condemns Israel for its massive attack on Karameh in Jordan”
- Resolution 250: “…calls on Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem”
- Resolution 251: “…deeply deplores Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250″
- Resolution 252: “…declares invalid Israel‘s acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital”
- Resolution 256: “…condemns Israeli raids on Jordan as flagrant violation”
- Resolution 259: “…deplores Israel‘s refusal to accept UN mission to probe occupation”
- Resolution 262: “…condemns Israel for attack on Beirut airport”
- Resolution 265: “…condemns Israel for air attacks for Salt in Jordan”
- Resolution 267: “…censures Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem”
- Resolution 270: “…condemns Israel for air attacks on villages in southern Lebanon“
- Resolution 271: “…condemns Israel‘s failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem”
- Resolution 279: “…demands withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon“
- Resolution 280: “…condemns Israeli’s attacks against Lebanon“
- Resolution 285: “…demands immediate Israeli withdrawal form Lebanon“
- Resolution 298: “…deplores Israel‘s changing of the status of Jerusalem”
- Resolution 313: “…demands that Israel stop attacks against Lebanon“
- Resolution 316: “…condemns Israel for repeated attacks on Lebanon“
- Resolution 317: “…deplores Israel‘s refusal to release Arabs abducted in Lebanon“
- Resolution 332: “…condemns Israel‘s repeated attacks against Lebanon“
- Resolution 337: “…condemns Israel for violating Lebanon‘s sovereignty”
- Resolution 347: “…condemns Israeli attacks on Lebanon“
- Resolution 425: “…calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon“
- Resolution 427: “…calls on Israel to complete its withdrawal from Lebanon“
- Resolution 444: “…deplores Israel‘s lack of cooperation with UN peacekeeping forces”
- Resolution 446: “…determines that Israeli settlements are a serious obstruction to peace and calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”
- Resolution 450: “…calls on Israel to stop attacking Lebanon“
- Resolution 452: “…calls on Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories”
- Resolution 465: “…deplores Israel‘s settlements and asks all member states not to assist Israel‘s settlements program”
- Resolution 467: “…strongly deplores Israel‘s military intervention in Lebanon“
- Resolution 468: “…calls on Israel to rescind illegal expulsions of two Palestinian mayors and a judge and to facilitate their return”
- Resolution 469: “…strongly deplores Israel‘s failure to observe the council’s order not to deport Palestinians”
- Resolution 471: “…expresses deep concern at Israel‘s failure to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”
- Resolution 476: “…reiterates that Israel‘s claims to Jerusalem are null and void”
- Resolution 478: “…censures (Israel) in the strongest terms for its claim to Jerusalem in its ‘Basic Law’”
- Resolution 484: “…declares it imperative that Israel re-admit two deported Palestinian mayors”
- Resolution 487: “…strongly condemns Israel for its attack on Iraq’s nuclear facility”
- Resolution 497: “…decides that Israel‘s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights is null and void and demands that Israel rescind its decision forthwith”
- Resolution 498: “…calls on Israel to withdraw from Lebanon“
- Resolution 501: “…calls on Israel to stop attacks against Lebanon and withdraw its troops”
- Resolution 509: “…demands that Israel withdraw its forces forthwith and unconditionally from Lebanon“
- Resolution 515: “…demands that Israel lift its siege of Beirut and allow food supplies to be brought in”
- Resolution 517: “…censures Israel for failing to obey UN resolutions and demands that Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon“
- Resolution 518: “…demands that Israel cooperate fully with UN forces in Lebanon“
- Resolution 520: “…condemns Israel‘s attack into West Beirut”
- Resolution 573: “…condemns Israel vigorously for bombing Tunisia in attack on PLO headquarters”
- Resolution 587: “…takes note of previous calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon and urges all parties to withdraw”
- Resolution 592: “…strongly deplores the killing of Palestinian students at Bir Zeit University by Israeli troops”
- Resolution 605: “…strongly deplores Israel‘s policies and practices denying the human rights of Palestinians”
- Resolution 607: “…calls on Israel not to deport Palestinians and strongly requests it to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”
- Resolution 608: “…deeply regrets that Israel has defied the United Nations and deported Palestinian civilians”
- Resolution 636: “…deeply regrets Israeli deportation of Palestinian civilians”
- Resolution 641: “…deplores Israel‘s continuing deportation of Palestinians”
- Resolution 672: “…condemns Israel for violence against Palestinians at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount”
- Resolution 673: “…deplores Israel‘s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations”
- Resolution 681: “…deplores Israel‘s resumption of the deportation of Palestinians”
- Resolution 694: “…deplores Israel‘s deportation of Palestinians and calls on it to ensure their safe and immediate return”
- Resolution 726: “…strongly condemns Israel‘s deportation of Palestinians”
- Resolution 799: “…strongly condemns Israel‘s deportation of 413 Palestinians and calls for their immediate return.”
- Resolution 803:
- Resolution 830:
- Resolution 852:
- Resolution 887:
- Resolution 895:
- Resolution 904:
- Resolution 1039:
- Resolution 1052:
- Resolution 1057 :
- Resolution 1068:
- Resolution 1073:
- Resolution 1081:
- Resolution 1095:
- Resolution 1109:
- Resolution 1122:
- Resolution 1139:
- Resolution 1151:
- Resolution 1169:
- Resolution 1188:
- Resolution 1211:
- Resolution 1223:
- Resolution 1243:
- Resolution 1254:
- Resolution 1276:
- Resolution 1288:
- Resolution 1300:
- Resolution 1310:
- Resolution 1322: “..Condemned acts of violence especially the excessive use of force against Palestinians”, called on the occupying Power Israel, to abide by its legal obligations and stressed the importance of “establishing a mechanism for a speedy and objective inquiry into the provocation carried out at out at Al-Haram Al-Sharif” when Arial Sharon visited the Temple Mount and to the subsequent violence “resulting in over 80 Palestinian deaths and many other casualties”. The US threatened to veto the original version of this resolution and managed to get all mention of Israel removed from the final version.
- Resolution 1328:
- Resolution 1337:
- Resolution 1351:
- Resolution 1559: “…called upon Lebanon to establish its sovereignty over all of its land and called upon Syria to end their military presence in Lebanon by withdrawing its forces and to cease intervening in internal Lebanese politics. The resolution also called on all Lebanese militias to disband.”
- Resolution 1583: “…calls on Lebanon to assert full control over its border with Israel. It also states that the Council has recognized the Blue Line as valid for the purpose of confirming Israel’s withdrawal pursuant to resolution 425.“
- Resolution 1648: “…renewed the mandate of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force until 30 June 2006.”
- Resolution 1701: “…called for the full cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.”
- Resolution 1860: “…called for the full cessation of war between Israel and Hamas.”
- Resolution 1884: “…expressed deep concern over violations of resolution 1701 and called on all parties to maintain the de-militarized zone between between the Blue Line and the Litani River
Appendix 3: The West, Israel and Isis
Sourced from Activist Post (Brandon Turbeville):
On October 30, 2013, Israel attacked and completely destroyed a Syrian air defense base in Snobar Jableh, Syria which is located near Latakia, a port city on the coast of the Mediterranean. The base was alleged to have housed a surface to air missile battery.
This was not the only time where Israel inflicted an injury against the enemies of Islamic extremists during the course of the Syrian conflict. It is known that Israel launched attacks against Syrian forces and military convoys at least four times prior to the October 30 attack.
As recently as June, 2014, Israel launched a series of airstrikes against Syrian military positions under the pretext of retaliation for a cross-border attack which was almost certainly initiated by death squad fighters whose logistical inadequacy spilled over into Israeli occupied territory in the Golan Heights. Given the questionable circumstances surrounding the justifying incident – the killing of yet another Israeli teenager by an alleged anti-tank missile – one would be justified in questioning the Israeli story.
While the occasional attack on Syrian territory is bad enough, the fact is that Israel has apparently coordinated these attacks with the death squad directors on the ground so as to provide cover fire and diversions for death squad “swarming” and jihadist invasions.
For instance, in May 2013, WABC host and best-selling author Aaron Klein stated that an Israeli airstrike in Syria was closely coordinated with Turkey which, in turn, helped coordinate the death squad attacks to occur at the exact same time as the Israeli airstrikes. The sources speaking to Klein came from Jordanian and Egyptian intelligence agencies.
(Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post)
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “took intensive military training for a whole year in the hands of Mossad, besides courses in theology and the art of speech,” the documents explain, according to Gulf Daily News, a Bahrainian source.
The “Hornet’s nest’’ strategy aims to bring all the major threats to one place in order to shake the stability of the Arab countries. The Isis “Calif”, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi went trough intense military training in Mossad, the Israeli CIA.
Besides military training, Al Baghdadi studied communication and public speaking skills in order to attract “terrorists” from all the corners of the world.
The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), an independent non-profit organization in the province of Quebec, Canada, which focuses on research and media, relayed a story about this as well, adding that “three countries created a terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place,” using the aforementioned “the hornet’s nest” strategy.