Archive for March, 2009
Natural gas signs found in another drill siteUS-Israeli exploration group that discovered large amounts of natural gas in Israeli waters earlier this year says discovered early signs of gas 60 kilometers off coast of Hadera
|A US-Israeli exploration group that discovered large amounts of natural gas in Israeli waters earlier this year said on Sunday it found early signs of gas at a new drill site in the Mediterranean Sea. Noble Energy, which leads the group, informed its Israeli partners that the Dalit-1 drill reached a depth of 3,660 meters (4,000 yards) and has begun to carry out electric tests, the Israeli companies said in a statement to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Noble Energy owns 36% of the drilling site while Isramco Negev owns 28.75% and Avner Oil Exploration and Delek Drilling each hold 15.625%. Dor Gas Exploration owns 4%. The first evaluation of the data shows signs of natural gas in the sands, the companies said. "At this stage it is only preliminary data and the existence of a natural gas reserve and/or its size and/or economic worth has not yet been determined," the companies said. The partners upon receiving more information expect to issue another statement in the coming days, including whether there is scope for carrying out production tests. Earlier this year, the group led by Noble said it had found 5 trillion cubic feet (142 billion cubic meters) of natural gas at the Tamar-1 site, 90 kilometers west of the northern port of Haifa. Dalit-1 is located 60 kilometers off the coast of Hadera, a city to the south of Haifa.|
Bringing Israel's Lost Tribe Home
By George Thomas
CBN News Senior Reporter March 28, 2009CBNNews.com - One of the great mysteries of ancient history has been the fate of the lost tribes of Israel. But one Jewish organization believes it has found the lost tribe, called Bnei Menashe, and plans to bring them home. Daniel is part of the Bnei Menashe tribe in India. They are believed to be descendants of the 10 lost tribes of Israel who were exiled from their homeland almost 3,000 years ago.
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EU to Israel: Create Palestine or else…By Stan Goodenough March 29, 2009 Israel’s incoming government had better embrace and pursue the “two-state-solution” being promoted by the rest if the world or face the displeasure of the European Union. This was the threatening message conveyed Friday evening, shortly after the Jewish state entered the Sabbath Day. The headlines, which appeared on the Internet sites of all Israel’s major news media, conveyed the same, peremptory message. It came from Karel Schwarzenberg, foreign minister of the Czech Republic which currently holds the EU presidency: EU warns Israel on two-state issue – The Jerusalem Post. EU warns Netanyahu over stalled peace process – Ha’aretz. EU demands two state solution - Ynetnews. If the about-to-be-inaugurated Netanyahu government will not commit itself to establishing a Palestinian state in the heart of the ancient Jewish homeland, said Schwarzenberg, "relations would become very difficult indeed." "At one of our next ministerial meetings we would have to discuss what consequences the EU would draw from that. Both parties must stick to their commitments from the past: A two-state solution and all agreements reached over the past few years." The Czech minister enthused about the new US administration’s quick effort to work towards resolving the Arab-Israel conflict. Obama’s decisive action meant that there is now "real hope for progress in the region," he said. Luxembourg's foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, dangled carrots before Jerusalem, saying the much discussed and hoped-for upgrading of EU-Israeli trade and political ties would be contingent on Israel achieving a peace deal with the Palestinians. Israel has made every effort to strike such a deal. It has surrendering control of some of its most sacred and strategic historic sites, allowing the PLO to establish itself as an armed and governmental presence in these territories, offered to place some of its greatest and most sacred national treasures on the negotiating table, and repeatedly taken unprecedented “risks for peace.” Hundreds of Jews have been murdered as a direct result of these Israeli efforts. Nonetheless Asselborn insisted: "We must tell the Israelis that it is not allowed to walk away from the peace process... The upgrading process was always to be viewed from the perspective of the peace process having been completed." According to The Jerusalem Post, the EU’s foreign policy czar, Javier Solana, also recently underscored how ties with Israel could be damaged should the incoming government not commit to the two-state solution. "Let me say very clearly that the way the European Union will relate to an government that is not committed to a two-state solution will be very, very different," Solana said, adding unabashedly that Europe "will be ready to do business as usual, normally, with a government in Israel that will continue talking for a two-state solution."
Disturbing video... from a French supermarket
|Published:||03.29.09, 11:07 / Israel Money|
Anti-tank missile fired at IDF patrol Following reports of an apparent IAF a Gaza-bound arms convoy in Sudan, and after the successful test of Dome anti-rocket shield, Palestinians in Gaza continued to launch attacks from the Strip on Friday, firing an anti-tank missile at an IDF patrol along the border fence. On Thursday evening, in a message that will be welcomed by residents of the rocket-battered western Negev, Ministry said that the Iron Dome anti-rocket shield had passed a critical test in the past 48 hours. During the test, a number of rockets were launched, "of the same type that were fired in recent years at Israel," and the Iron Dome system responded "accordingly," the ministry said. Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report
Israel's incoming, outgoing PMs gloss over growing rift with Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis
March 28, 2009, 11:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
Designated prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu simply pushes away any suggestion of pressure on Israel from the Obama administration in Washington, while Ehud Olmert has said a few days before bowing out that he has left the Iranian nuclear threat to the next government.
Olmert forgot to mention that his government's policy of letting Israel be sidelined on the existential Iranian issue and knuckling under to the US lead and its failed sanctions policy allowed Iran to build up momentum in its race for a nuclear bomb.
Olmert "forgot" to mention that Israel is no longer in a position to stop Iran's nuclear program.
He and foreign minister Tzipi Livni bow out therefore leaving Israel vulnerable as never before to international pressure in all its external policies. Before he takes office, the incoming prime minister is already having his arm twisted by Washington and the European Union on Palestinian statehood – and that is just the beginning because of another development which Olmert "forgot" to mention.
DEBKAfile's Washington sources report that the Obama administration is on the threshold of a major rapprochement with Tehran, a reversal of US policy dramatic enough to block out international sanctions. Iran will be allowed to keep its nuclear program, including military elements and enriched uranium stocks, up to the point of actually assembling a weapon.
Washington will continue the Bush practice of publishing "reports" that Iran is still years away from a weaponizing capability. Tehran will hold the upper hand by retaining the option to go forward and build a bomb within one month of a decision to do so and mount warheads on ballistic missiles already standing ready, as revealed last Sunday, March 25, by Israel's military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin.
Because of the Olmert-Livni policy position in the last two years, Israel no longer as any say in Washington and international forums on the nuclear-arming of Iran.
The outgoing prime minister mentioned that Israel has a long-range operational arm able to strike anywhere. But he forgot that, on his watch, Israel lost the ability to employ it. DEBKA file's Washington sources report that the Obama administration, like its predecessor, will throw everything they have against an Israeli prime minister who ventures to employ its long-range arm. This will not be news to Netanyahu, any more than Olmert.
Just as Ariel Sharon dumped the Iranian problem in Olmert's lap, he too is handing it down to his successor. He not only avoided solving it but left Israel with less leverage than every before for heading off the fast-approaching peril.
Netanyahu is whistling in the dark when he pretends to see no American squeeze on the horizon of his government-in-waiting. One of the hardest long-term tasks ahead of him will be to rebuild Israel's position as America's needed and respected strategic ally, in the face of Barack Obama's ardent courtship of Iran and the Muslim world.
The US president is willing to ditch Israel as a friend. This will be brought home to Jerusalem when he makes his big speech on April 7 appealing for a grand US-Muslim global reconciliation. The US president is preparing to tie a Palestinian-Israeli settlement - on Washington's terms - to such unrelated issues as Afghanistan and Pakistan as the currency for purchasing Muslim and Arab backing for accommodations of these outstanding terrorist fronts.
Different forms of coercion, including the discrediting of the Netanyahu government if it fails to toe the Obama line, will follow. The incoming prime minister's pretense that "all is well" between him and the US administration is pie in the sky, instead of the resolute, firm hand which Israel needs at the helm these days to recoup command over its basic policies and the international community's faded respect.
'Iron Dome' Rocket Defense on Target
CBNNews.com March 27, 2009CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's 'Iron Dome' rocket defense system performed well in its most recent test, the Defense Ministry announced Thursday evening. The Iron Dome rocket defense system has been jointly developed by Mafat, the Defense Ministry's Administration for the Development of Weapons and the Technological Industry, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
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Israel's 1967 Miracle
By Chris Mitchell
CBN News - Jerusalem Bureau June 5, 2009Video CBNNews.com - The stage was set for war and Israel's enemies prepared for victory. They remained convinced they could "drive the Jews into the sea." But what was about to transpire would not only stun Israel's enemies, confound military experts but transfix the world. Many believe what happened in the six days following June 4, 1967 was nothing short of a miracle. On June 4, 1967, the infant state of Israel found itself on the brink of annihilation. Israelis still lived with the agonizing memory of the Holocaust. Now the Arab nations surrounding Israel vowed to make the blue Mediterranean run red with the blood of Jews.
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