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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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    There also may be oil in the Golan.

    Browndog | March 31, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I remember reading about the discovery. Seems like only a couple years ago.

    I remember thinking–may or may not be true. Even if true, it’ll be a decade before it makes any difference.

    Anybody else feel like they’re starting to feel conditioned to Soviet propaganda American media?

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Browndog. | March 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      American media maybe ,but anyone with an interest in gas ( the term everyone else uses for LNG ) knew this field would be coming online 2014.

      The Leviathon field is the newer bigger deal .

      Even your guys hated people – the British – have info on Reuters Uk about Gazprom & Tamar fields .your less hated guys – Russians – have had articles & updates.

      Most Americans still think the word gas = petroleum based . Hence the Beast got stumped at an Israeli pump station !

        Browndog in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | March 31, 2013 at 9:33 pm

        All I can say is, at the time, due to geo-politcal considerations, it did not seem feasible. If I recall, the initial news report mentioned the field was in “disputed waters”.

        Aside: Americans hate Brits? Is that what your marxist masters teach you down under?

          BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Browndog. | March 31, 2013 at 10:03 pm

          I quite enjoy the anti Brit rants on American conservative sites including LI. Most recently ‘There is no future for Jews in Britain. ‘ .

          I am very much missing the anti French stuff .

          I highly doubt you know anything about Marx Brownie but soldier on….

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