October 30, 2023
Israel’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure said on Sunday that it has awarded 12 licenses to six companies, including BP and ENI, for natural gas exploration off the country’s Mediterranean coast, as the war with Gaza-based Hamas entered its fourth week with no ceasefire in sight.
The offshore tender is the fourth bidding round for natural gas exploration in Israeli waters, whereby the ministry intends to boost competition as well as grow domestic supply and exports.
Two consortia won the bids: one comprising Italy’s ENI, Scotland’s Dana Petroleum Ltd. and Israeli business Ratio Energies, while the other consists of BP, State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and Israel’s NewMed Energy. The companies will explore two areas next to Israel’s Leviathan field, the country’s largest and one of the world’s biggest deep-water gas discoveries.
Could Israel be using Goldman Sachs loyalists and powerful globalists to push US intervention in Syria as a challenge to Russia s international dominance in natural gas?
(VERO BEACH, FLA) A company named Genie Energy, with major investors and advisors such as Lord Rothschild, former VP Dick Cheney and news mogul Rupert Murdoch, could be at the center of decade long play for Israeli energy dominance in the Middle East.
Other major players associated with Genie Energy include economist Larry Summers, Democratic Party veteran Bill Richardson, and former CIA director James Woolsey.
Genie Energy Ltd. (GNEPRA) is an American-based oil and gas company comprised of two operating divisions, Genie Retail Energy division (GRE) and Genie Oil and Gas (GOGAS). GRE operates retail energy providers and brokerage and marketing services, while GOGAS is a global oil and gas exploration company operating an exploratory program in Northern Israel through a subsidiary called Afek Oil and Gas.
The current President of Afek Oil and Gas is Efraim Effi Eitam, a former Israeli military commander who called for expelling Arabs from Israel.
Genie Energy s Israeli arm, Afek Oil and Gas, was first given a license to drill in the Golan Heights area in April 2013, but due to legal challenges by the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel and Greenpeace development was halted until December 2014. The exploratory drilling began near the small town of Katzrin, northeast of the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee.
In October 2015 Afek Oil and Gas confirmed the discovery of oil in the Golan Heights.
In November 2015, The Economist, partially owned by the Rothschild family, ran a story titled Black gold under the Golan which detailed Genie Energy s find in the Golan Heights.
Israel s decision in 1981 to annex the Golan (unlike the West Bank, which remains formally under military occupation) caused a diplomatic crisis with America, The Economist noted. The heights are still regarded internationally as illegally-occupied Syrian territory.
The Economist added that an influential group including Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his former cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser were actively lobbying Israel s government to take advantage of the chaos in Syria to demand international recognition of their section of the oil rich Golan Heights.
Netanyahu, according to The Economist, urged that Israel should demand this as compensation for having tolerated Obama s Iranian nuclear agreement.
Gaining control of the Golan Heights has long been a goal of Israel.
In 2015, prominent Israeli politician Naftali Bennett called for the world to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, while calling for the expansion of Jewish settlers in the region.
I want to challenge the entire world, Bennett said at the 15th annual Herzliya Conference of the Institute for Policy and Strategy. I want to give the international community an opportunity to demonstrate their ethics. Recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
In mid-February 2017 during his visit to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which was seized from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war, and unofficially annexed in 1981.
Netanyahu told Israeli and foreign media after his meeting with President Trump that he had raised the Golan issue, and said without elaborating that the U.S. leader was not surprised by the request. Israel made a similar request to the Obama administration in 2015, but it was rejected.
On February 15th 2017 the Independent reported that billionaire globalist activist George Soros, known for his investment in pro-western color revolutions, had invested $14.9 million in Goldman Sachs in the fourth quarter of 2016.
In late-February 2017, an ISIS affiliated group took control of the strategic oil-exploration area of the Golan Heights in Syria which Genie had rights to. After a surprise attack the jihadists captured the towns of Tseel, Sahem al Golan, Adwan, and Ten Jamoua which bridge Syria and Israel over the Yarmouk River.
The Israelis did not intervene at any point of the military confrontation, but have intervened on a dozen of occasions against the Assad regime.
In early-March, the Syrian government retook the Hayyan natural gas field in Syria s central province of Homs from ISIS, which is in vicinity of the Syrian Shayrat airbase, which was struck with US tomahawk missiles on April 6th 2017. In January 2017 ISIS reportedly blew up the Hayyan gas plant, the source of one-third of Syria s electricity, putting it a potential regional competitor totally out of order.
While this conflict was unraveling between 2015 and 2017, Genie Energy was busy beefing up its advisory board with top names in the political and business world including many with Goldman Sachs connections.
Mary Landrieu, former U.S. Senator from Louisiana (1996-2014), and previous Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, was one edition. While serving as head of the Senate Committee she sponsored and passed the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Bill, which promised to foster partnerships focused on developing resources such as natural gas and alternative fuels, on the academic, business and governmental levels.
In 2010 her brother, the current Mayor of New Orleans, selected Goldman Sachs for a $20 million investment in small business loans, and in 2014 a PAC representing Goldman Sachs donated $15,000 to her failed Senate campaign.
The wife of the board’s Chairman, Michael Steinhardt, serves on NYU s Board of Trustees with former Goldman Sachs #2 man Gary Cohn, along with Laurence Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, which is a top shareholder in Goldman Sachs, and John Paulson, who made billions of dollars on the purchase of credit default swaps with the collapse of the housing bubble in 2008. In 2010, Paulson along with Goldman Sachs was accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of creating financial products designed to fail.
Genie investor Rupert Murdoch, the Founder and Executive Chairman of News Corporation, co-chairs the Partnership for New York City with Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein. Murdoch also had Goldman Sachs co-head of investment banking John Waldron manage the merger of Fox and News Corp, and his abortive bid for Time Warner.
Lastly, in 2011 The New Yorker accused Rupert Murdoch s Wall Street Journal of holding a profile story on-then Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn (now chief economic advisor for President Trump) because they did not want him being unfairly associated with news stories about Goldman Sachs having sold clients mortgages it thought were junk.
In addition to the Genie s Strategic Board of Advisors connection to Goldman Sachs, on April 7th 2017 the company secured a $20 million revolving loan facility with Vantage Commodities Financial Services. Vantage is underwritten in part by Goldman Sachs.
According to former Breitbart writer Lee Stranahan, both President Trump s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his daughter Ivanka Trump are good friends of Rupert Murdoch s former wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch. The DailyMail reported in 2016 that Wendi Murdoch organized a reconciliation for Jared and Ivanka in 2008 after the two had temporarily broken off their four year relationship over a religious disagreement.
Many are speculating these connections lead under White House doors within the Trump administration, with both Gary Cohn and Dina Powell serving as potential lobbyists for the interests of Goldman Sachs. One of the investment companies goals is to master what they call “The New Oil Order”, which would include Israel’s bid to shake up the natural gas industry.