Syria demands halt to Israel oil drilling in Golan

crude oil pumpSyria on Thursday condemned Israeli drilling for oil in the occupied Golan Heights as a “flagrant violation” of UN Security Council resolutions and called on the United Nations to intervene.

The foreign ministry lodged a protest with the UN against what it branded an “illegal and flagrant violation of Security Council Resolution 497″ urging Israel to rescind its annexation of the Golan, state news agency SANA reported.

It said the move “aims to cement the occupation and annexation” of the territory and accused Israel of “exploiting” the conflict in Syria “to perpetuate the occupation of Syrian territory and plunder its wealth.”

According to Israeli media, Israel last week gave the green light for oil drilling in the Golan Heights, halted two decades ago during peace negotiations in the region.

Israel seized the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981, in a move never recognised by the international community.

There have been several incidents of gunfire or mortar shells landing on the Israeli-held side of the Golan, prompting troops to respond with artillery in November, the first such case of Israeli fire at the Syrian military since 1973.

Cheney link

The Israeli government awarded a local subsidiary of U.S.-based Genie Energy the rights to explore for oil and natural gas in about 150 square miles of the southern section of the Golan Heights. The United Nations last year extended the mandate for the region’s U.N. Disengagement Observer Force mission, one of the oldest peacekeeping missions, for another six months. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said keeping Blue Helmets stationed in the area was essential to peace given the potential for conflict spilling out of the Syrian civil war.

Genie Energy said there may be a significant amount of oil and natural gas in the license area. Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney is serving as an adviser to Genie.

Global Post/ Agencies

  • Hannibal

    Of course everyone is busy in Syria and Israel keeps stealing.

    • http://politicalbrambles.blogspot.com/ Ray Schneider, P.E., Ph.D.

      They annexed it in 1981 after taking it when Syria attacked them in 1967 … it’s called spoils of war, defensible borders and the cost of being stupid enough to attack Israel you idiot Hannibal.

      • Hannibal

        Attacking me personally and calling me names coming from someone whose name sounds like a rabid Schnauzer is not argument enough. Israel like Saudi Arabia are not legit states in this day and age. You guys are sooooo biblical? i.e. outdated…
        and YES Israel stole the land from the local populace, Muslim, Christians and Jews.

        • http://politicalbrambles.blogspot.com/ Ray Schneider, P.E., Ph.D.

          Hannibal takes his pseudonym from a brilliant Carthaginian general but his messages confirm my label. Lest anyone doubt there is a shortage I direct them to Ecclesiastes 1:15 in the Latin Vulgate. The other translations are muddled.

          • 5thDrawer

            No need to have vulgar Latin in it …

          • Hannibal

            Referring to those mythical verses won’t help your case neither… You and your books are still biblical, i.e. so outdated.

          • IraniAngel

            i need you to tell me how you say: i didnt pay attention/i didnt notice, in lebanese please

      • man-o-war

        I’m sorry rayschneider, but Israel is in violation of multiple UN resolutions on this one. You know that the annexation was never recognized under international law.

        • http://politicalbrambles.blogspot.com/ Ray Schneider, P.E., Ph.D.

          I know … so what? Israel has the right to defensible borders and they got the Golan heights fair and square by defeating Syria. A bunch of fascists dictator types at the UN can’t change that. I’m personally in favor of leaving the UN and kicking them out of the US … the League of Nations was useless too.

          • 5thDrawer

            One of the ‘Might is Right’ people, I assume … similar to Assad.

        • cook

          omg hi! welcome back!

      • 5thDrawer

        That means, of course, you think that when ‘The Allies’ conquered everything in WWII they should have kept it. Of course.

        • http://politicalbrambles.blogspot.com/ Ray Schneider, P.E., Ph.D.

          The Russians did … Frankly it is the right of the conqueror over the years to do whatever he wants with the conquered. You don’t think Hitler would have given back France and Poland if he’d won the war do you. But when the aggressor is defeated it’s even more reasonable to make a rational division of the conquered territory. In the case of the six day war it was a war started by those who would totally destroy Israel and you think Israel didn’t have a right to make their own determination of the borders after successfully defending themselves? You’re an idiot too. The Egyptians should be thankful they got what they got back.

          • 5thDrawer

            You mean, The Communists did it – under Stalin. and for another 70 years.
            You may have noticed some recent changes. Or, maybe not.
            Schneiders Meats never impressed me … your thinking doesn’t either.

          • http://politicalbrambles.blogspot.com/ Ray Schneider, P.E., Ph.D.

            Thinking requires the use of the brain 5thDrawer … when you find yours let me know. Try to put yourself in the place of the Israelis and explain why they should give up a piece of ground their people fought and died for that overlooks their territory to a bunch of people implacably dedicated to eradicating them.

            You don’t even have a brain if you think they’re going to give back what is extremely strategic property that they won fair and square. Maybe you should start reading a little history. Caesar’s Gallic Wars would be a good place to start.

          • daiber

            yu know noting mr yu come south libnian I show yu what yu do mr then I show yu what we do mr go ask isaieli soldirs mr yu destroy our house we destroy yu from inside mr we can buiuld house yu can not build yu mr me go work mr

          • Hannibal

            BEST REPLY EVER… LOL

          • Hannibal

            Hmmmm… You tried to keep the South of Lebanon up to the Litani… Remember? Where are you now? Shebaa is next…

          • Hannibal

            LOL!

    • cook

      Hey dude! I’m looking forward to this Lebanese restaurant im going to, they serve Israeli food like Knafee :))

      • Hannibal

        Knafee is Turkish food… Best made in Lebanon.

        • cook

          By the way I love your avatar, you have an interest in Classics?

          • Hannibal

            I have an interest in History… I study it closely to understand humanity.

          • Guest

            I did a part time degree in History.
            Im interested in logic and philosophy of language.

        • Leborigine

          I was talking to an Israeli the other day at a school meeting and he had the nerves to tell me that Kibbe, Fattoush and Hommus are Israeli and been part of their cuisine for centuries!! WTF – talking about my blood boiling. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

          • 5thDrawer

            Leborigine … only shows how smart they really are … and the level of brainwashing there too. :-)))

          • Peaceforleb

            Please tell me you bitch slapped it. The best food in the world comes from Lebanon. Plain and simple.

          • Leborigine

            Without a doubt.

          • Hannibal

            The problem is they do believe in that crap story of genesis that the world started with them and that they are God’s chosen people… Yet their shit smells as bad if not worse than the rest of the world and that they started as monkeys somewhere in Africa before they became humans.
            That reminds me of a fellow Lebanese who said that Bruce Lee was Lebanese, and that he descended from the family 2oubrucely… LOL

          • Peaceforleb

            Bruce Lee was Lebanese. Lol. Then Chuck Norris must have played a Syrian in the movie the way of the dragon. Lol. We all know how that ended. :)

          • Hannibal

            Good one! lol

  • Hannibal

    Of course everyone is busy in Syria and Israel keeps stealing.

    • rayschneider

      They annexed it in 1981 after taking it when Syria attacked them in 1967 … it’s called spoils of war, defensible borders and the cost of being stupid enough to attack Israel you idiot Hannibal.

      • Hannibal

        Attacking me personally and calling me names coming from someone whose name sounds like a rabid Schnauzer is not argument enough. Israel like Saudi Arabia are not legit states in this day and age. You guys are sooooo biblical? i.e. outdated…
        and YES Israel stole the land from the local populace, Muslim, Christians and Jews.

        • rayschneider

          Hannibal takes his pseudonym from a brilliant Carthaginian general but his messages confirm my label. Lest anyone doubt there is a shortage I direct them to Ecclesiastes 1:15 in the Latin Vulgate. The other translations are muddled.

          • 5thDrawer

            No need to have vulgar Latin in it …

          • Hannibal

            Referring to those mythical verses won’t help your case neither… You and your books are still biblical, i.e. so outdated.

      • man-o-war

        I’m sorry rayschneider, but Israel is in violation of multiple UN resolutions on this one. You know that the annexation was never recognized under international law.

        • rayschneider

          I know … so what? Israel has the right to defensible borders and they got the Golan heights fair and square by defeating Syria. A bunch of fascists dictator types at the UN can’t change that. I’m personally in favor of leaving the UN and kicking them out of the US … the League of Nations was useless too.

          • 5thDrawer

            One of the ‘Might is Right’ people, I assume … similar to Assad.

        • cook2half

          omg hi! welcome back!

      • 5thDrawer

        That means, of course, you think that when ‘The Allies’ conquered everything in WWII they should have kept it. Of course.

    • cook2half

      Hey dude! I’m looking forward to this Lebanese restaurant im going to, they serve Israeli food like Knafee :))

  • Hannibal

    Of course everyone is busy in Syria and Israel keeps stealing.

    • rayschneider

      They annexed it in 1981 after taking it when Syria attacked them in 1967 … it’s called spoils of war, defensible borders and the cost of being stupid enough to attack Israel you idiot Hannibal.

      • Hannibal

        Attacking me personally and calling me names coming from someone whose name sounds like a rabid Schnauzer is not argument enough. Israel like Saudi Arabia are not legit states in this day and age. You guys are sooooo biblical? i.e. outdated…
        and YES Israel stole the land from the local populace, Muslim, Christians and Jews.

        • rayschneider

          Hannibal takes his pseudonym from a brilliant Carthaginian general but his messages confirm my label. Lest anyone doubt there is a shortage I direct them to Ecclesiastes 1:15 in the Latin Vulgate. The other translations are muddled.

          • 5thDrawer

            No need to have vulgar Latin in it …

          • Hannibal

            Referring to those mythical verses won’t help your case neither… You and your books are still biblical, i.e. so outdated.

          • IraniAngel

            i need you to tell me how you say: i didnt pay attention/i didnt notice, in lebanese please

      • man-o-war

        I’m sorry rayschneider, but Israel is in violation of multiple UN resolutions on this one. You know that the annexation was never recognized under international law.

        • rayschneider

          I know … so what? Israel has the right to defensible borders and they got the Golan heights fair and square by defeating Syria. A bunch of fascists dictator types at the UN can’t change that. I’m personally in favor of leaving the UN and kicking them out of the US … the League of Nations was useless too.

          • 5thDrawer

            One of the ‘Might is Right’ people, I assume … similar to Assad.

        • cook2half

          omg hi! welcome back!

      • 5thDrawer

        That means, of course, you think that when ‘The Allies’ conquered everything in WWII they should have kept it. Of course.

        • rayschneider

          The Russians did … Frankly it is the right of the conqueror over the years to do whatever he wants with the conquered. You don’t think Hitler would have given back France and Poland if he’d won the war do you. But when the aggressor is defeated it’s even more reasonable to make a rational division of the conquered territory. In the case of the six day war it was a war started by those who would totally destroy Israel and you think Israel didn’t have a right to make their own determination of the borders after successfully defending themselves? You’re an idiot too. The Egyptians should be thankful they got what they got back.

          • 5thDrawer

            You mean, The Communists did it – under Stalin. and for another 70 years.
            You may have noticed some recent changes. Or, maybe not.
            Schneiders Meats never impressed me … your thinking doesn’t either.

          • rayschneider

            Thinking requires the use of the brain 5thDrawer … when you find yours let me know. Try to put yourself in the place of the Israelis and explain why they should give up a piece of ground their people fought and died for that overlooks their territory to a bunch of people implacably dedicated to eradicating them.

            You don’t even have a brain if you think they’re going to give back what is extremely strategic property that they won fair and square. Maybe you should start reading a little history. Caesar’s Gallic Wars would be a good place to start.

          • daiber

            yu know noting mr yu come south libnian I show yu what yu do mr then I show yu what we do mr go ask isaieli soldirs mr yu destroy our house we destroy yu from inside mr we can buiuld house yu can not build yu mr me go work mr

          • Hannibal

            BEST REPLY EVER… LOL

          • Hannibal

            Hmmmm… You tried to keep the South of Lebanon up to the Litani… Remember? Where are you now? Shebaa is next…

          • Hannibal

            LOL!

    • cook2half

      Hey dude! I’m looking forward to this Lebanese restaurant im going to, they serve Israeli food like Knafee :))

      • Hannibal

        Knafee is Turkish food… Best made in Lebanon.

        • cook2half

          By the way I love your avatar, you have an interest in Classics?

          • Hannibal

            I have an interest in History… I study it closely to understand humanity.

          • cook2half

            I did a part time degree in History.
            Im interested in logic and philosophy of language.

        • Leborigine

          I was talking to an Israeli the other day at a school meeting and he had the nerves to tell me that Kibbe, Fattoush and Hommus are Israeli and been part of their cuisine for centuries!! WTF – talking about my blood boiling. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

          • 5thDrawer

            Leborigine … only shows how smart they really are … and the level of brainwashing there too. :-)))

          • Peaceforleb

            Please tell me you bitch slapped it. The best food in the world comes from Lebanon. Plain and simple.

          • Leborigine

            Without a doubt.

          • Hannibal

            The problem is they do believe in that crap story of genesis that the world started with them and that they are God’s chosen people… Yet their shit smells as bad if not worse than the rest of the world and that they started as monkeys somewhere in Africa before they became humans.
            That reminds me of a fellow Lebanese who said that Bruce Lee was Lebanese, and that he descended from the family 2oubrucely… LOL

          • Peaceforleb

            Bruce Lee was Lebanese. Lol. Then Chuck Norris must have played a Syrian in the movie the way of the dragon. Lol. We all know how that ended. :)

          • Hannibal

            Good one! lol

  • 5thDrawer

    Every idiot who wants the UN to do their thinking for them should be flogged.

  • 5thDrawer

    Every idiot who wants the UN to do their thinking for them should be flogged.

  • 5thDrawer

    Every idiot who wants the UN to do their thinking for them should be flogged.