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    Yesterday the Middle East changed forever, and you didn’t know it

    Yesterday the Middle East changed forever, and you didn’t know it

    Israel now is pumping natural gas from one of the enormous offshore fields which will transform Israel into an energy-independent nation and a global energy powerhouse:

    Natural gas from the offshore Tamar field was pumped to Israeli shores for the first time Saturday, four years after its discovery, in preparation for its first use in the Israeli energy market — a move that could transform the Israeli economy.

    The Tamar deposit, discovered in 2009 some 90 kilometers west of Haifa, holds an estimated 8.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

    On Saturday, hailed an “important day for the Israeli economy” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, natural gas from the field was being pumped to a newly erected facility on the coast of Ashdod, connected to the gas field via pipelines laid out on the ocean floor, 150 kilometers long and 16 inches wide.

    Commenting on the historic development, Netanyahu drew a link between the event and the holiday of Passover.

    “On the festival of freedom, we are taking an important step toward energy independence. We have advanced the natural gas sector in Israel over the last decade, which will be good for the Israeli economy and for all Israelis,” Netanyahu said.

    Times of Israel Natural Gas

    Israel’s new offshore fields are enormous, which is part of the reason Turkey has been so belligerent..

    Combined with Israel’s under-appreciated status as a Demographic Superpower, Israel’s long-term status is fine.  It just has go get past Syrian WMD and Iranian nukes.


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    sybilll | March 31, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    So, was Bibi’s unwarranted apology to Turkey over the flotilla really a back-handed FU?

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to sybilll. | March 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      How do you think ? I thought of this but would need to know more about Turkeys energy supplies . They are very close to Azerbaijan which is a practical politically savvy supplier. They could receive buled s hipped LNG from Bahrain which is already setup.

      Or they could be hoping to get the Cypriot fields .

        sybilll in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | March 31, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        I honestly can’t put it all together yet, but Bibi is a seasoned, crafty politician, so I can’t fathom that the ridiculous apology was rendered for naught.

          BannedbytheGuardian in reply to sybilll. | March 31, 2013 at 8:16 pm

          Thanx for answering . I have heard that Israeli companies are pushing for more conciliatory gestures because they are trying to enter new propsperous markets chiefly SE Asia , South America & Australia .

          I think America’s patience with Israel has finished. Whilst they will ensure Israel’s ultimate defence they won’t assist it with new entanglements. It seemed very emphatic .

          Btw Gaza has potential gas fields also.

            sybilll in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | April 1, 2013 at 12:07 am

            Yes, Israel is employing free market capitalism to become energy independent, and I cheer them on. But, “America’s patience with Israel is finished?” Says who? Obama, liberals and progressives? So Gaza has potential gas fields, eh? So?

    The map is wrong. It shows the West Bank as not a part of Israel. It is a part of Israel.

    BannedbytheGuardian | March 31, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    There have been gas politics in Europe for decades & LNG transport hubs . For example Britain has a port specifically built for large LNG ships from Bahrain .

    To export Israel has to decide either via ship or pipeline. A pipeline to Turkey needs Syrian co operation. The Cyprian fields are a future resource that can bring down the price .
    Also this is where the anti Israel boycotts can really hurt. It could be a buyers market.

    All in all anything that lowers the international bullying of Saudis is good.

    […] According to William Jacobson at the Legal Insurrection blog, “Yesterday the Middle East changed forever, and you didn’t know […]

    BannedbytheGuardian | March 31, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    In May 2012 Netanyahu asked Australia for help in developing the Leviathon gas fields especially on the transport & export ftechnologies. Australia has a highly developed pipeline & bulk ship network plus the development of CNG – compressed natural gas

    Woodside Australia was offered a 30% stake buying from existing stakeholders .

    Noteworthy is Woodland’s vast East & SE Asian network.

    Israel / Australia could pincer the entire East Indian Ocean states from South Africa , India , Pakistan Bangladesh to Indonesia & squeeze out Bahrain entirely.

    Which is why Mossad & Nehtanyahu have been wrong to make enemies in British Commonwealth nations. There are over 15 Commonwealth nations that line the Indian Ocean.

    Go East .

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