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Cheney, Rothschild, and Fox News’ Murdoch Begin Drilling for Oil in Syria — a Violation of Int’l Law


After concluding the flow testing phase, Afek Oil and Gas will now begin analyzing samples drawn from the Ness-2 drilling site, euphemistically dubbed “Deborah’s Well,” in the Israeli-occupied region of Syria known as the Golan Heights. New Jersey-based Genie Energy, Ltd., Afek’s parent company, claims a dubious cadre of investors cum war profiteers, including Rupert Murdoch, Dick Cheney, Lord Jacob Rothschild, James Woolsey — as well as a number of current and former U.S. politicians.

Prior testing at a separate Afek site did not meet expectations, so the company sought other “sweet spots” in the area. Analysis of samples from additional wells will be performed by Afek scientists in conjunction with “external international experts.”

To understand U.S. involvement in the quagmire in Syria, Afek’s oil exploration is of critical import.

Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights region violates international law — thus, Israeli permits granting Afek the ostensible right to perform exploratory tests of a possible “large reservoir” of natural gas and light oil is also illegal. But in a world where Big Oil remains powerful enough to drive foreign policy of the U.S. empire, this direct violation of the Geneva Convention might not even be worthy of a footnote — except to the people of Syria.

In fact, as The Free Thought Project’s Justin Gardner previously reported, the unsavory character heading Genie Oil is none other than Efraim “Effie” Eitam, an Israeli military commander and former Knesset member who once called for the expulsion of the “cancer” of Arabs from Israel.

“Expel most of the Judea and Samaria Arabs from here,” Eitam arrogantly asserted during a soldier’s memorial service in 2006. “We cannot be with all these Arabs and we cannot give up the land, because we have already seen what they do there. Some of them may be able to stay under certain conditions, but most of them will have to go.”

In addition to the eyebrow-raising cabal of Eitam, Murdoch, Cheney, and Rothschild, Genie Oil and Gas appointed new members to its Strategic Advisory Board last September, including:

“Dr. Lawrence Summers, 71st Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton and Director of the National Economic Council under Pres. Obama; former Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, who is credited with helping pass the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Bill while she chaired the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; former governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, who became an energy insider after serving as the Clinton administration’s Energy Secretary; and former Director of Central Intelligence, R. James Woolsey, who co-founded the U.S. Energy Security Council.”

At stake is a 153 square-mile region in the Golan Heights, demarcated by Israeli authorities as exclusive territory for Afek to perform exploratory testing, which began in 2015, through early April 2017.

However, even beyond the not-at-all-minor issue of legality, Afek’s drilling in the region has stirred another, perhaps more imperative, concern. A large aquifer supplying the entire region’s drinking water is positioned uncomfortably close to the stores of fossil fuel — raising contamination concerns sufficiently serious that an Israeli high court issued a temporary restraining order in 2014, though it was quickly dismissed.

But none of this bothers Murdoch, Cheney, Rothschild, and the others, as the Golan Heights to Big Oil represents little more than an exploitative business opportunity. Syria, in fact, has been systematically torn apart primarily because foreign powers and radical groups seek to protect their varied oil interests.

While the Afek ilk set their sights on Golan Heights oil and natural gas, Turkey, the U.S., Russia, Daesh, and a spate of others have been fighting over Syria’s geostrategic location for major oil pipelines under the cover of religious and civil strife.

“[W]e may want to look beyond the convenient explanations of religion and ideology and focus on the more complex rationales of history and oil, which mostly point the finger of blame for terrorism back at the champions of militarism, imperialism and petroleum here on our own shores,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., intoned in an April editorial for Ecowatch.

As Kennedy astutely noted, U.S. interventionism in the Middle East, and particularly Syria, has little to do with fighting terrorism and far more to do with the region’s rich petroleum reserves  — as in the case of Genie’s magnates. And such insistent international meddling at the behest of corporate oil interests so destabilized the entire region, it led to the formation of Daesh (ISIS) and similar radical groups.

Of course, oil exploration certainly benefits the ongoing push by Israel to expand its occupation and settlements, since U.S.-backed Big Oil operates under the premise the manufactured nation’s encroachment on Syrian territory is perfectly legal. Often, as is the case with Afek and Genie, the Golan Heights is dismissively referred to as “Northern Israel.”

Environmental and humanitarian groups vocally criticize Afek’s exploratory drilling, but despite growing international outcry, have not succeeded in halting ongoing tests.

Considering the notoriously powerful, monied warmongers backing Afek’s petroleum plans, outrage and violation of international law wouldn’t factor one iota in matters concerning the Golan Heights.

  • fuster

    Bernish writes some impressively stupid crap.

    who is this twit?

    • Joe Trigueiro

      Why do you go around posting corporate media talking points for hours on end? It almost seems like someone pays you to do it for 8 hours a day. Man you really like Hillary huh?

      • fuster


        and who is this Bernish twit?

        • Georgia

          seems to me bernish touched a sore spot huh? Maybe the role of israel in all these?

          • fuster

            actually, the problem is her lack of understanding of international law

      • Rod

        Sock puppets and shills

    • rose528

      some one who knows more than you

      • fuster

        not at all, rosie.

  • Ibcamn

    this is why the war was extended so long…for these assclowns to get in and drill for oil…funny,i thought these people were against using more oil and for using clean wind and sun power….hmm.i guess their own words mean shit,well,i knew that already.

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  • wakeuppeople

    this is not new, do your research, Cheney needs to be tried as a war criminal, instead he is getting richer with his cronies and we are subsidizing them. Boy are we a bunch of rubes, the jokes on us. Follow the money and research Golan Heights and Genie Energy, not just Propaganda

    • Robert Edwards

      Americans need to realize that we had a chance to support Israel from Arab Muslim attacks and assaults, but it was the Democrats in the 1960s who would do nothing for them. We even withdrew our Navy from the area. Then things changed after 1967, It must be Democrats who have gotten rich after all American Jews strongly support the Democrat Party.

      • GoodGoyProject

        Oh you mean like how Israel attacked our Navy on purpose, tried to blame the Arabs in a false flag operation like USS liberty? You mean how the thugs at the Federal Reserve killed JFK? You mean like Johnathan Pollard, the Dual Israeli that Jews throw parades in the street for? That stole our nuclear secrets? That Israel?

        • Robert Edwards

          I know a heck more about the Liberty than you ever will. Yes, I know that Moshe Dayan intentionally had the Liberty attacked. I also know why he did it in order to save the lives of Israeli men, women and children who for years had been showered almost daily with artillery from the Golan Heights ever since even before Israel became a nation. I hope that we never have another turn coat like Pollard. However, Pollard worked for the NSA and informed Israel about how and what NSA does. He had nothing to do with nuclear materials nor does NSA. I worked for NSA for 13 years our of my 28 years in the Navy. Do a google search and find out the facts before you make comments….it makes you loook a lot smarter.

          • TecumsehUnfaced

            You’re lying. The Syrians only shelled the invader ZioNazi thugs when they harassed the fellahin on their ancestral lands below.

            The Liberty was attacked by the ZioNazis to cover up their savage land grab of Golan and for the execution of a false flag against Egypt.

            Thank for your admission that Moshe Dayan is a murderer of Americans.

          • Brian World

            -racist ass anti-Semitic arab sheepfucking bitch

          • TecumsehUnfaced

            Please keep telling us about the hate-gooey world you live. Don’t stop until I tell you.

          • WisdomOfSilence

            Your World must only be one of delusion and faggotry. Fuck Isreal and fuck the arab region. Anyone who supports the Zionist Isreal are evil bitches and the most unAmerican cowards on this planet.

          • Brian World

            dman nigga a month later? how bad you want my dick!? smh

          • WisdomOfSilence

            I see your one of those uninformed, unintelligent, degenerate of existance. Seeya bitch.

          • Brian World

            you’re* haha ignorant clown

          • WisdomOfSilence

            Uhmm, wait. You’re the one who is proven to be ignorant. Yes, I am a clown.

          • Brian World

            haha there you go dumb dumb XD looks like you teach a n!gger new tricks

          • WisdomOfSilence

            I just came across this and saw how stupid you are. Can’t help that I hate stupid people like you.

          • Brian World

            you just came across a month old comment!? hahahah uh huh, nigga you sound thirsty af. sorry to disappoint you tho faggot, you won’t find any pussy here hahaha

          • WisdomOfSilence

            As if that validates you and your unintelligent point. You definately are stupid and a fool. Keep sucking on that Jew dick bitch.

          • Brian World

            hahahahah so im stupid and a fool? kind of redundant isn’t it? and you seem to be at a loss for the proper use of the word your, you might want to reconsider calling other ppl stupid XD

        • Donna Tyler

          you don’t know who killed JFK..no one knows for sure except those involved…

      • TecumsehUnfaced

        Americans need to understand that the European ZioNazi invaders of Palestine are frauds and genocidal country stealers.

  • Charlie7777

    Neoconservative zionist Rothschild Criminal Terrorists…..and degenerate scum.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    What else would you expect from the coagulation of European genocidal country stealers who have been throttling Palestine for nearly seventy years?

    • Sean T Gallagher 3/7

      the golan heights has never been Palestinian territory and the heights was taken as a war prize to also help protect israel from artillery that was put there illegally in the ’72 war ,that by the way Syria started

      • TecumsehUnfaced

        No, it is a matter of record that it was stolen by the genocidal ZioNazi country stealers in another war of savage aggression against the peoples of the Middle East.

  • Angry Canuck

    Why should this bother anyone? “Israeli occupied” says it all really, although they’re hardly alone, just the ones with the richest backers. They and their supporters don’t care about international law when it comes to occupied territories, and they’ll get away with it. Again.


    TODAY: The Pentagon brass are pissed off because Russia, at the request of the
    Syrian government, has been bombing Obama’s terrorist friends in Syria.
    Russia is an ally of the legally elected Syrian government. The US is NOT.
    Obama’s terrorist friends are the ones called “the rebels” — used
    to fight the Obama proxy war.
    US military has not been invited into Syria and have no business in Syrian airspace.
    The US is NOT an ally of Syria. The US is the invader into the sovereign country.
    This is against International Law. Perhaps Obama would like the Syrian Air Force
    to invade Florida’s airspace to see what that feels like??

    • GoodGoyProject

      But it goes further. It’s NOT Just Obama, like Iraq was NOT just Bush. Bush got intelligence and fear fear porn about “WMD” FROM ISRAEL. They are to blame as much if not WORSE!!

  • donaldbreaux

    All three need to be transported back to the central sun!

  • Sean T Gallagher 3/7

    total bull perpetrated on people (liberals in this case) who don’t know history..The entire golan Heights is in the hands of Israel and is now a major wine producing region for them ,there is little to no oil near the faracian oil deposits that run under northern Iraq.Syria produces barely enough oil for itself and there wouldnt be enough value to drill,anyway ,there are also no pipelines presently built in or near the golan heights that could bring that oil to the markets..also there is this little issue with a “civil war”…

    • TecumsehUnfaced

      So you are a Goebbels! You believe that repetition of the ZioNazi lies will make the innocent believe them.

  • Sean T Gallagher 3/7

    total bull perpetrated on people (liberals in this case) who don’t know history..The entire golan Heights is in the hands of Israel and is now a major wine producing region for them ,there is little to no oil near the faracian oil deposits that run under northern Iraq.Syria produces barely enough oil for itself and there wouldnt be enough value to drill,anyway ,there are also no pipelines presently built in or near the golan heights that could bring that oil to the markets..also there is this little issue with a “civil war”…

    • TecumsehUnfaced

      Yes, the savage European ZioNazi invaders of the Middle East have shamelessly stolen the Golan Heights and all its resources from Syria. The ZioNazi thugs are monsters of aggression like the German Nazis before them. They are brothers in hate, the advocates of the “Chosen People” and the “Master Race”.

  • Chris Daly

    What international law? Why isn’t the law and what is outlined in it stated here?

    • fuster

      it’s not there because Bernish is full ofs hit and talking out of herass

  • Brian World

    Who the fuck cares about Syria. Those people are barbaric animals, and we are lucky to have Israel as an allie. I say fuck them all to death, and let g-d sort them out. The Golan heights belong to Israel, they can do whatever the fuck they want with them.

    • WisdomOfSilence

      You have just proven you World is twisted and deramged. You are a fool and brainwashed believing in that msm propaganda and NWO agenda narrative.

  • tvsgael2

    Bad people just live on and on and on.