Colonialism & Occupation, Geopolitics, Global Economy

Geopolitics and Natural Resources: From the War in Ukraine to the War in Palestine, it’s Not about Democracy

Oil Wars

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow NewsIt was astonishing that the US Senator and war hawk, Lindsey Graham admitted on CBS ‘Face the Nation’ that Ukraine has $10 to $12 trillion of minerals. “They’re sitting on $10 to $12 trillion of critical minerals in Ukraine” and that “They could be the richest country in all of Europe. I don’t want to give that money and those assets to Putin to share with China.”  Graham continued “This is a very big deal, how Ukraine ends. Let’s help them win a war we can’t afford to lose. Let’s find a solution to this war. But they’re sitting on a gold mine. To give Putin $10 or $12 trillion of critical minerals that he will share with China is ridiculous.”

Well, Russia has its own natural resources, in fact Russia is considered one of the top countries in the world that has an abundance of natural resources.  Is that why, the US and the European allies want to destroy Russia in the first place so they can control Russia’s oil and gas plus everything else they have?  Does Russia need to invade Ukraine for their natural resources? 

The Kremlin has repeatedly warned the West about using Ukraine as a lynchpin to destroy Russia.  For years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been warning the West to leave Ukraine neutral and don’t allow it to be part of NATO, because if they did allow such a thing to happen, Russia will respond because that would be a threat to Russia’s sovereignty, its plain and simple as that.  NATO would freely deploy arms and troops to Ukraine’s territory if it became a member of NATO and that would be a direct threat to Russia. 

Remember, one of the reasons that the West wants Russia destabilized is because it has enormous amounts of oil and gas, but it also has iron ore, copper, nickel, aluminum, tin, gold and silver.  Russia also has phosphates, talc, asbestos, mica, potash, salt, diamonds, amber, and precious and semiprecious stones.  And one of the most important natural resources for Russia is water.  In Lake Baikal in the southern Siberia area, it contains roughly about 20% of the world’s water resources which also provides Russia with more than 80% of its water supplies.  That’s what the West is after in Russia and the Russians know it.

As for the Ukraine, the US does not care about the Ukrainian people or its so-called “democratic values” because the US government and its multinational corporations also want Ukraine’s natural resources as Senator Lindsay Graham admitted on live TV. 

Here is a map of some of Ukraine’s Natural Resources Graham was talking about from the ‘SRDE: Geoinform of Ukraine & Geological Survey of Norway’:

Ukraine’s natural resources include aluminum, uranium, copper, nickel, beryllium, lithium, germanium, niobium, tantalum, rare earth metals, gold, platinum, diamonds, fluorite, graphite, talc magnesite, nepheline, kaolin, bentonite clay, etc. 

Yes, Ukraine is resource rich, and Washington D.C. and its multinational corporations want it. So, the question remains, was the war in Ukraine which was started by the US and its NATO allies during the Maidan Revolution in 2014 about protecting “democracy” and “freedom”?  Because if the US government, Wall Street bankers and corporations have it their way in Ukraine, its “sovereignty” is out the window.    

Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian Land, Water, Oil, Gas and Everything Else

Since, God gave Palestine to the Zionist occupiers, he must have told them that his chosen land has vast natural resources.  The establishment of Israel in 1948 was a first step to plant a group of Zionist Jews right in the Middle of the Arab world for the future Jewish state of Israel and its American and European partners to gain access to the vast natural resources in the Middle East.  

But before we explore further on what are Palestine’s natural resources, let’s look at one of the earliest plans to create a canal that would ship most of the natural resources to the American and European corporations who would sell it on the world market.  It would also be a rival to Egypt’s Suez Canal, it’s called the Ben-Gurion Canal Project.      

The Ben-Gurion Canal Project’s description and what it represents by ‘Israel Hayom’s’ Frank Musmar who detailed why the project is vital to Israeli and Western interests:

The Ben-Gurion Canal project is an ambitious proposal by Israel to construct a massive canal connecting the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. This 160-mile (257 km) canal would traverse the Negev Desert and the southern end of the Gulf of Aqaba, bypassing the Suez Canal and challenging Egypt’s long-standing monopoly on the crucial shipping route between Europe and Asia.

The proposed canal would originate from the Israeli port city of Eilat on the Red Sea, cross the Jordanian border, flow through the Arabah Valley, enter the Dead Sea, and then head northward around the Gaza Strip before reaching the Mediterranean. The estimated cost of this colossal undertaking is a staggering USD 100 billion, with significant security concerns arising from the constant military threat in the region.

Speculations abound that Israel’s desire to control Gaza and eliminate the influential Hamas organization is inextricably linked to unlocking the immense economic opportunities presented by the Ben-Gurion Canal. The potential economic gains from this project are projected to far outweigh the astronomical construction costs, with the canal expected to become highly profitable within a short period. By sharing the financial burden with co-developers, the canal’s construction would become more affordable and manageable

The next phase is Palestine’s natural resources especially its offshore gas fields.  According to an article published by ‘ from 2012 titled ‘Focus on Palestine: offshore gas projects in the East Mediterranean Sea’ highlighted the dispute between Israel and Palestine over the Gaza Marine:

The Gaza Marine gas dispute started in 1999 after then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak allowed exploration of the area without informing Israel. In 1999 the PA granted British Gas and the Consolidated Contractors Company with exploration rights. However, Israel contested this and development has mostly been on hold ever since.

Now Palestine hopes the development of the gas field could significantly contribute to its financial independence.

No more information was given regarding the outcome of the talks, and it remains to be seen if the two countries, who have been fighting over the same land for 45 years, can reach an agreement

The article stated how Israel’s ambitions for natural resources has led to maritime border disputes with its Arab neighbors:

Meanwhile Israel continues to aggressively pursue oil exploration in the eastern Mediterranean Sea area, which is regularly subjected to maritime border disputes between neighboring countries Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey and Palestine

The ‘Gaza Marine’ has been estimated to contain at least 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas according to Reuters. 

The Most Important Natural Resource in Palestine: Water

Israel stole more than land, it stole the most important natural resource the Palestinian people need the most for their agricultural sector, water. 

In a Study produced by UN Trade and Development (UNCTAD) ‘The Economic Costs of the Israeli Occupation for the Palestinian People: The Unrealized Oil and Natural Gas Potential’ clearly outlines how Israel’s occupation has took control of Palestine’s water supplies:

Since the start of the occupation, Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have progressively lost control over their land and natural resources and, particularly, their supply of water. By the time Palestinian limited self-rule was established in 1993–1994, Israel had taken over more than 60 per cent of the total land of the West Bank and 40 per cent of the Gaza Strip, mainly for new settlements and closed military areas

By 2004, more than 85 per cent of Palestinian water from West Bank aquifers had been taken by Israel, covering 25.3 per cent of Israel’s water needs. Palestinians are also denied their right to utilize water resources from the Jordan River and the Yarmouk River. West Bank farmers historically used the waters of the Jordan River to irrigate their fields, but this source has been polluted, with Israel diverting water flows from around Lake Tiberias into the lower Jordan.

Moreover, diversion by Israel from Lake Tiberias into the National Water Carrier has reduced the flow considerably, leaving Palestinians downstream with a reduced supply of low-quality water

Water is the most important resource for Palestinian farmers who depend on exporting their food products which is an important part of their economy.  Israel on the other hand had a weak agricultural sector since they had a capital-intensive sector that is not significant to its growth in terms of its GDP: 

Prior to the onset of occupation, the agricultural sector was the most important component of the Palestinian economy, and typically employed about one quarter of the labour force and contributed approximately one third of GDP and exports. In contrast, in Israel, agriculture, an advanced capital-intensive sector, contributes no more than 2 per cent to GDP and even less to the country’s exports, at 1.7 per cent. The loss of large stretches of agricultural land in the Occupied Palestinian Territory after 1967 and limitations on water supply and product markets have led to a substantial decline in the production and importance of this sector

Palestine’s Oil and Gas

Palestine has oil and gas, and that’s a curse upon its people.  Israel and its Western allies are very interested in the vast oil and gas resources worth billions of dollars, so Wall Street bankers and multi-national corporations will make sure that the US military-industrial complex and the CIA will do everything they can to help Israel control Palestine’s natural resources. The study by UNCTAD also detailed what is the potential upside of undiscovered oil and natural gas:

According to scientific studies on undiscovered oil and natural gas resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, layers of sediment are believed to be in depths ranging from 1,000 to 6,000 m and at temperatures of between 60 and 150 degrees Celsius, and this is where oil can be found in large amounts, while natural gas exists at lower depths.

The Levant Basin Province encompasses approximately 83,000 km² of the Eastern Mediterranean. The area is bounded to the east by the Levant Transform Zone, to the north by the Tartus Fault, to the northwest by the Eratosthenes Seamount, to the west and southwest by the Nile Delta Cone Province boundary and to the south by the limit of compressional structures in the Sinai. USGS has estimated a mean (average) of 1.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil and a mean of 122 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas in the Levant Basin Province.

This means that this basin is one of the most important natural gas resources in the world

Indeed, the Levant Basin is an important location for the natural gas that has already been discovered and it has the potential for oil exploration. 

However, Israel is not only interested in natural resources, but they are also looking at the potential real estate opportunities in Palestinian territories especially in Gaza according to Jared Kushner who is part of the Trump clan, if of course, they are successful in defeating the Palestinian resistance, but I highly doubt it.      

In the end, for the West and Israel, whether they get their hands on Russia, Ukraine or Palestine, it all leads to what conquering forces throughout history always wanted, the natural resources of the place they conquered. Somehow, history always repeats itself.

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