Could Israel become oil production leader?
David Shear
Published: 01.04.11, 09:23
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1. Blessing
Ben ,   Israel   (04.01.11)
G-d truly did bless us when he gave us this land.
2. When the tarsands was being developed in Northern Alberta
Al   (04.01.11)
everyone laughed at them. There is gold in them hills...dig it mine it and reap huge rewards. Israel is well on its way to becoming a very wealthy nation.
3. 'that's why the 'WORLD hates Israel....
tiki ,   belgium   (04.01.11)
Clever, intelligent AND wealthy? That's toooo much for the 'average Jew hater.
4. Dr Vinegar?
Erges ,   Paris, France   (04.01.11)
I have never heard anything about this Dr. Vinegar before today, April, 1!
5. G-d is Smiling on Israel
Seth ,   Washington, DC   (04.01.11)
6. Let's not get ahead of ourselves
Raymond in DC ,   Washington, USA   (04.01.11)
Israel has yet to extract the first cm of gas from Tamar or Leviathan, and there are still bureaucratic and legal challenges ahead. (In other words, Israel could yet screw this up.) As to the shale project, they're barely at the pilot stage where they'll have to prove they can extract economically and without major environmental impact on the groundwater supply. So while hoping all these hopes are fulfilled, let's not get ahead of ourselves or - worse - start fighting over future riches.
7. Great news
Rachel ,   US   (04.01.11)
Then Israel won't need US aid and can make decisions based on it's self interest. And not be pressured to bow down to Arabs.
8. The way Mother Earth treats us humans: stop being
tom ,   tel aviv   (04.01.11)
"nice" to her (green-gasses& other bull)! One earthquake and a tsunami and who cares about tens of thousands of victims gone in a minute? Mother Nature? Oh and it wasn't the Indian cow's fart and my car that "depleted" the ozone & caused that!! Where am I going with this?... -"Go Israel go", get that oil out of this cursed earth and send the waste over to the Saudis or palis: we'll think of something. It would've beeen nicer if we were blessed with crude, eh?
9. # 3 The world doesn't hate Israel
Thomas ,   US   (04.01.11)
If the world hated Israel, tourism to Israel would be on decline and it's not. In fact, it's on the rise as predicted by the World Tourism and Travel Council. Investments in Israel would be declining but they have gone up as well. What the world doesn't like is that the Israelis insist on conjoining themselves to the "Palestinians". Nobody in their right mind would do this. Remove the settlements, put the wall along the 1967 line and enjoy watching their state fail or remain indefinitely on life support (world aid).
10. Is this an April Fool's Day joke?
Hymie Zoltsveis ,   NYC, USA   (04.01.11)
Come on---this is an April Fool's Day joke, right? Dr. Vinegar? Even if this is serious. Israel will GIVE AWAY the oil shale lands to the Fakestinain terrorists---just like we gave away REAL oil wells to Egypt, when we gave away the Sinai. If we don't give the oil away (and maybe the gas, too), Pharoah Obama will punish us.
11. #4: Dr Vinegar? He's a close colleague of Prof. Oil
Rafi ,   US   (04.01.11)
They work well together especially on salads.
12. #9 - shame the world believes history began in 1967
William ,   Israel   (04.01.11)
when infact, most lands that settlements are built on were Jewish villages that were ethnically cleansed and stolen by Jordan, and inundated by Arab immigrants between 1948-1967. I guess the world missed that little "war crime" which still needs to be answered for. The world also seems to forget that it was the Arabs, not Israel, that began the past wars from 1948 until today, with "Palestinians" specifically working towards to the destruction of Israel and its people - per their own admission. We're not willing to "try" a 1967 border when even the UN stated it was impossible to have peace based on it. We left Gaza and nothing has changed except that the world increased intl aid to the rulers they deem terrorists.
13. RE: Golda Meir
John   (04.01.11)
Did she say that before or after Israel got hold of the Sinai in 1967? There is petroleum (crude oil and natural gas) in the Sinai so Moses did not miss the mark around Mount Sinai. In those days before there were gas guzzling engines, the oil tar pits of the Dead Sea were very important for the asphalt used to caulk things.
14. To # 4-Harold Vinegar-he exists
Hannah ,   USA   (04.01.11)
I googled him smelling an April Fool's joke. But he is real and he did work for Shell as their Chief Scientist. So let's hope the rest is also true!
15. Dr. Harold Vinegar
Green Baron ,   Bethesda, MD, USA   (04.01.11)
Does Dr. Vinegar have a brother named Herb? Sorry, couldn't resist that one. I never met a bad pun I didn't like!
16. ...TATAIsrael is hallucinating...and it's very amusing...TAT
Edithann ,   USA   (04.02.11)
17. Vinegar + oil + leviathan + ......
rs ,   usa   (04.02.11)
Take it with a grain of salt.
18. no. 16 IdiotBum.......... tata......
19. Shale Oil
Enoch ,   Toronto, Canada   (04.02.11)
This is just a cover story. The real plan is to drill 2km down, and then 1000km South East into Saudi oil fields….
20. Oil and Vinegar Humm
Shimmon ,   Boca Raton   (04.02.11)
21. Nice thought, Thomas #9, but the 1967
Robert Haymond ,   Israel/Canada   (04.03.11)
borders would put us in a perilous position, plain and simple. Go onsite to "Martin Sherman". He wrote an excellent article for Ynet on our security needs. I wish it were as simple as you wrote. In sixty-two years, no Palestinian authority nor political party has just ever come to the conclusion that the Jewish state of Israel has a right to exist. Our first priority is to survive.
22. There is a U.S. mining outfit, Bullion
Robert Haymond ,   Israel/Canada   (04.03.11)
Monarch (BULM), mostly interested in extracting gold from the earth but also has a separate branch involved in the extraction of oil from shale in Utah with advanced knowhow. You could check it out! One of the problems encountered is the excessive use of water. Could work for Bullion Monarch; might work for us.
23. Thomas why would we remove what belongs to us?
24. Shale
ED ,   Los Angeles   (04.03.11)
The pilot project will determine cost and evironmental damage vs. the same for deep water oil production. The best combination will get the investment $ to develop on a large scale.
25. Only anti-Semites and Muslims will be unhappy!
Jane ,   London UK   (04.03.11)
Well this is something that everyone except anti-Semites and Muslims should be very happy about. The only democracy in the ME - with oil and gas! There's an ongoing thread about this very subject at which you might like to participate in.
26. Lubricant
The Last Zionist ,   Eilat   (04.03.11)
We must power the world on renewable energy or solar energy. Petroleum need only be a lubricant. We must not allow the fabulously wealthy to derail the movement to alternative energy.
27. Israel Is a Blessed Nation
Shoshannah Blalock ,   USA   (04.03.11)
It will not surprise me one bit if this happens. Israel could very well become the world's leader in oil productions. When it happens, I hope Israel remembers how she was treated by some of the nations. I have been praying for a year that Arab oil wells would run out of oil. To me, this is/was a good thing to pray for. It certainly would free the world of it's dependency on Arab oil. G-d said, He would bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse her. Arabs have not been blessing Israel. Thus, G-d will remove their blessings. It's not a matter of if it will happen. It is a matter of when it happens.
28. The best part about this is
Henry from New York ,   USA   (04.03.11)
I checked the US Geological Survey maps and found that only one oil shale site is over the green line. All the rest are behind it and no one can dispute Israel's claim. It's a good thing those Palestinian Arabs didn't agree to the 1947 partition, can you imagine if they had actually gotten themselves some oil by being agreeable for once? Unthinkable! Of course now the wiser Israeli Arabs will get to enjoy it.
29. Ben, Israel @ 1
Eilzabeth   (04.03.11)
Yes Ben, G-d really did bless his precious piece of land called Israel. And with the finding of OIL, His blessings do not stop there. You can expect many, many more Blessings to come your way. I'd love to have been a Jew from birth. I'm a strong believer and I hope you are too!
30. Tom, tel aviv
Moragh   (04.03.11)
LOLOLOL! I love it. It takes a lot to make me laugh, but you have certainly succeeded!
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