The big Syria oil looting: Israel allows US company to explore for oil in Golan Heights (Updated)

Israel has controversially awarded a US energy company a license for oil exploration in the occupied Golan Heights.
Israel has taken advantage of the crisis in Syria and awarded a US energy company a license for oil exploration in the occupied Golan Heights in an attempt to entrench its hold on the area.

Energy sources said on Thursday that the decision to issue the first oil-exploration permit in the Golan Heights to the New Jersey-based company Genie Energy came after the Israeli regime opted to allow oil and gas exploration there, Reuters reported.

Pundits say the move was pushed by Israeli National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau to convey the message that the Golan Heights would not easily be returned to Syria.

“The timing of the decision is directly related to the fact that the Syrian government is not free to deal with this problem and that the Syrian Army cannot pose a threat to Israel right now,” Israeli political analyst Yaron Ezrahi said.

He added, “This is mostly an Israeli ploy to deepen its commitment to the occupied Golan Heights.”

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967, when it also took control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

It annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, although the move was never recognized by the international community and was a violation of international law.

Israel has not annexed the West Bank but is massively expanding the construction of illegal settlements, although it withdrew troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005.

The Syria crisis began in March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.



  • Febr 21, 2013 | Israel Gives Go-Ahead to Drilling on  Golan Heights – RIG ZONE
  • Febr 21, 2013 | In new provocation, Israel okays oil drilling on occupied Golan – Middle East Online
  • Febr 21, 2013 | Israel to drill for oil in Syria’s Golan – Al Akhbar
  • Febr 21, 2013 | Israel approves oil drilling on Golan Heights – Belgium newspaper (Article in Dutch)
  • Febr 21, 2013 | Israel awards Golan Heights oil license – Al Bawaba
  • Febr 22, 2013 | Israeli-American Company To Drill For Oil In Occupied Golan Heights – The Daily Beast
  • Febr 25, 2013 | The War on Syria: Israeli Licence to Cheney-Linked Energy Firm in Occupied Golan Heights – Global Research
  • Febr 28, 2013 | Damascus calls on U.N to stop Israel drilling oil in the Golan Heights – MEMO
  • March 22, 2013 | Syrian fire in Golan violates Israel’s sovereignty: minister – Al Akhbar


  • Golan – Israeli Violations of International Law – Law resources
  • The Disinherited: Syria’s 130,000 Golan Height refugees  – Source
  • The Israeli occupation the world forgot: the Golan Heights – Source
  • UN  Renews Demand that Israel Comply with Resolutions Related to Occupied Golan – Source
  • Syria and Golan Heights Discussed At UN Meeting – Source

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