Gail (23 July 2011)
"Psalms 83 conflict edging closer"


On my post back in February of this year I wrote about the "Crafty Counsel" spoken of in the Psalms 83 conflict Israel has with the Arab nations surrounding her.
 
Psalm 83 war  
One of the synonyms of the word crafty is the word - calculating.
One definition of the word calculating -
marked by prudent analysis or by shrewd consideration of self-interest.
 
I think the Psalm 83 war fits that description.

Remember who recently came into a huge natural gas find- Israel.

And it gets even bigger:
 
Noble Energy discovers new stockpile of gas in Tamar field 

American utility Noble Energy discovered a large stockpile of gas in the Tamar reserve some 25 meters thick which could potential yield large quantities of natural gas, Israel Radio reported Friday.

It is thought that Tamar could hold more than 250 billion cubes of natural gas in its reserves.

A deeper layer of natural gas has been discovered at the Tamar field, off the coast of Haifa, according to a report published on Thursday by Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration.

The impact of the newly discovered reserve has not yet been analyzed nor released in full. The significance of the newly discovered structure will depend on the amount of natural gas at Tamar and on the estimations of additional layers in other areas of the Mediterranean Sea that have not yet been discovered.

deep-sea rig at Tamar

The deep-sea rig at Tamar, off the Haifa shoreline.

 
The new reserve, 'Layer D', was discovered beneath 'Tamar 3', and is said to be up to 25 meters wide.
 
 Iran cuts into Israel-Lebanon gas dispute Nov. 5 2010 

BEIRUT, Lebanon, (UPI)  Iranian moves to join Lebanon in exploring for oil and natural gas in the Mediterranean near Israeli waters where big strikes have been reported complicate a flash point energy dispute at a time of major tension across the Middle East.

Iran signed a cluster of economic agreements with Beirut in October when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made his first visit to Lebanon, where Hezbollah, Iran's main proxy in the region, has become the dominant power.

The agreements included large-scale oil and gas exploration accords.

Israel has vowed to retaliate for any attacks on its oil and gas fields and the infrastructure that is expected to be built around the energy strikes.

Iran and Syria, Tehran's key Arab ally and these days again the dominant power in Lebanon, are allegedly pouring long-range surface-to-surface missiles into Hezbollah's already powerful arsenal.

This makes the Israelis extremely uneasy, more so since the energy bonanza it is about to enjoy, giving it energy security for up to a century, now becomes vulnerable, along with its population centers.

Lebanon's parliament has authorized gas exploration in territorial waters but the tiny state, burdened by a $55 billion debt and with no viable resources, is lagging way behind Israel.

But the stakes are high. A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that there's up to 122 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas off the coasts of Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Gaza.

On the face of it, that would seem to be the perfect catalyst(chemistry) for peace. But that's not how things work in the Middle East.

 

I'm still looking for something that causes Defense Minister Ehud Barak to step out of the way. Israel is needing a Preemptive strike against the Arabs, just like in the 1967 six-day war.

 

ARAB NEWS 02/21/11 Israel isolated and under threat. The regional deck has been reshuffled and is no longer in Israel's favor, causing serious consternation in Tel Aviv. In short, Israel is being ringed-in by hostile or unsympathetic regional states and elements while support from the international community is hemorrhaging fast.

God Bless,

Gail