Murdoch, Cheney, Rothschild U.S.-Israeli Company Authorized to Drill Oil in Occupied Syrian Golan Heights
The Israeli Ministry of Energy and Water Resources has awarded the U.S.-Israeli company “Genie Energy” a licence for oil exploration in the Syrian Golan Heights, occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six Day War and annexed in 1981.
(The company that won the exploration license includes as shareholders Rupert Murdoch and Jacob Rothschild. Former U.S Vice President, Republican Dick Cheney works for the company as adviser.)
The timing of the lisence awarding has stirred mitigated responses.
Some 20 years ago, Israel had decided to freeze all oil and gas explorations on the Golan Heights in an attempt to push forward peace negotiations with Syria, despite repeated calls to renew licenses.
However, soon after the turmoil erupted in the Middle Eastern country in March 2011, Israeli authorities reconsidered their decision and in 2012, after geological surveys showed the potential existence of oil reserves, the Energy Ministry chose to resume oil search in the occupied territory.
Israeli specialized media equally warned that opening the occupied Syrian territory to oil exploration will raise international protest as the Golan Heights are under international law.