May 23, 2006
The Anglo-US Military alliance seeks to establish control over
Central Asian oil and gas reserves as well as strategic pipeline
routes. The most important strategic corridor is the
Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil and gas pipelines dominated by British
Petroleum (BP). This corridor integrates the Caspian Sea to the
Israel is a potential partner
in the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline, which is also protected by
GUAM, a US-NATO sponsored military alliance between Georgia,
Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Moldava.
For details on th Campaign against the pipeline see http://www.bakuceyhan.org.uk/more_info/bp_pipeline.htm
According to a statement of Israeli
Knesset member Joseph Shagal, the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline would eventually
link up with Israeli ports and pipeline routes. On May 16,
Joseph Shagal suggested at a press briefing that
Israel's proposed new pipeline from Israelĺs Ashkelon would join
the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) main pipeline,
"Baku oil can be transported to Ashkelon via this
new pipeline and to India and the Far East. It is profitable from a
financial point of view as well. Natig Aliyev said the project is
interesting and he will have talks with the Israeli energy minister
concerning this," Shagal said.
In particular, according to Shagal, Ceyhan and the
Mediterranean port of Ashkelon are situated only 400 km apart. Oil can
be transported to the city in tankers or via specially constructed
under-water pipeline. From Ashkelon the oil can be pumped through
already existing pipeline to port of Eilat at the Red Sea; and from
there it can be transported to India and other Asian countries in
tankers. As Shagal informed, Natig Aliyev had invited Israeli
Infrastructure Minister to visit traditional Caspian oil
exhibition-conference to be held early in June in Baku. The member of
Knesset expressed his assurance the invitation would be accepted and
realization of the above-mentioned idea would be discussed in detail. REGNUM)
Israel and Turkey announced plans for four underwater pipelines "to
transport Russian oil and natural gas, with lines to Jordan, the
Palestinian Authority and Lebanon." Also involved in this project
is a pipeline to bring water to Israel.
Turkey and Israel are negotiating the construction
of a multi-million-dollar energy and water project that will transport
water, electricity, natural gas and oil by pipelines to Israel, with
the oil to be sent onward from Israel to the Far East, Antalya Mayor
Menderes Turel said this week.
The proposal was confirmed by senior officials in the National Infrastructure Ministry.
"We are talking about a global energy project,
which would be a very important engine of peace in the region," Turel
said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post.
Turel, who was here to take part in an
International Conference of Mayors held in Jerusalem, said that the
grandiose project had received tentative approval from both Turkey and
Israel and would greatly enhance an abrogated landmark 2004 proposal to
export water to Israel using large tankers, which proved to be
The new Turkish-Israeli proposal under
discussion would see the transfer of water, electricity, natural gas
and oil to Israel via four underwater pipelines.
"The whole premise is based on the assumption
that Turkey is becoming a major hub for energy in the region," said
Gabby Levy, the Director of International Relations at the National
The underwater oil pipelines would link up with the main Trans-Israel Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline, also known as the Tipline.
Israeli-Turkish project, which links up with the BTC, also
consists in exporting Caspian oil and gas using Israel as a
transhipment route through the Red Sea back to to India and the Far
East. From a geopolitical standpoint, the Ceyhan-Ashkelon-Eilat
corridor would be protected by the Israeli military. It
would channel oil back to the Asian markets via the Red Sea. This
dramatic rerouting of Central Asian oil and gas via the Eastern
Mediterranean inevitably undermines the "direct corridor trading
routes" between the producing countries in Central Asia and their South
and East Asian trading partners, including India and China.
Ultimately, this design is intended to weaken Russia's role
in Central Asia and cut off China from Central Asian oil
resources. In this context, the Western military alliance which
now includes Israel protects the strategic energy pipeline corridors of
the Anglo-American oil companies.
The withdrawal of
Syrian troops from Lebanon bears a direct relationship to the
consolidation of both land and sea corridors under Israeli military
proection. The strategic land corridor extends from the Red Sea
port of Eilat, across Israel and through Lebanon and the Syrian
Mediterranean coastline to the Eastern coastline of
The Eastern Mediterranean is also rich in gas reserves. According to a recent report:
the basis of preliminary drilling and seismographic results,
Palestinian and Israeli waters in the Mediterranean appear to contain
at least 100bn cu metres of gas reserves, divided about 60:40 in the
Palestinians ' favour. Almost all of this gas is expected to go to the
Israeli market which, by 2015, will probably be consuming at least 12bn
cu metres/yr. A small portion (about 0.5bn cu metres/yr) might also be
reserved for a new power plant in the Gaza Strip."