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Huge Oil Discovery on the Golan Heights

If the oil can be extracted at a reasonable cost, and that is a big "if" now, it would make Israel self-sufficient for decades.

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Equipment at an oil well. (illustrative only, file photo)

Equipment at an oil well. (illustrative only, file photo)
Photo Credit: Flash 90

Syrian rebels, the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Assad regime, and today that means Russia, now have another reason to capture the Golan Heights – oil.

Drilling that began more than a year ago has exposed a huge find of billions of barrels of oil, but it is too early to know if the black gold can be extracted at a price that would make the oil commercially viable.

Afek Oil and Gas chief geologist Dr. Yuval Bartov was quoted by Globes as saying:

We are talking about a strata which is 350 meters thick, and what is important is the thickness and the porosity. On average in the world strata are 20-30 meters thick, so this is ten times as large as that, so we are talking about significant quantities. The important thing is to know the oil is in the rock and that’s what we now know.

The drilling is in the southern Golan Heights, far away from the northern border but several miles from the eastern border. Syria has claimed the entire Golan since it lost the strategic and water-rich area in the Six-Day War in 1967.

If oil can be extracted, it will be a huge bonanza for Israel and an enormous reason for whoever rules in Syria, or for Hezbollah that is fighting with Assad’s forces and is based in Lebanon, to launch a war on Israel. Israel uses approximately 270,000 barrels a day. Billions of barrels of oil would satisfy the country’s need for a long time.

If the oil can be produced at today’s prices, which are the lowest in years, it would generate a huge employment boom. It also would infuriate environmentalists, who have fought oil drilling the Golan Heights and virtually anywhere else in Israel because of damage to the pristine landscape.

Drilling in the Golan Heights was delayed by environmentalists and was resumed last February when the court dismissed their appeal to stop the work.

The read area marks the eastern border with Syria, The black area is the approximate location of the oil drills.

The read area marks the eastern border with Syria, The black area is the approximate location of the oil drills.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

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  1. Abe Luber says:

    israel has oil by by opec

  2. That’s belong to ISRAEL

  3. And it shall be! It is!

  4. Elyse Dorm says:

    God will make it happen

  5. Great. Make a large announcement with details, so Syrian rebels, the Islamic State (ISIS), the Assad regime, and today that means Russia, now have another reason to capture the Golan Heights. Now all of the citizens living there are at increased risk.

  6. Anitha Mona says:

    Oh! Reminded of Moses’ blessing to Asher. ” Asher is most blessed of sons, let him be favoured by his brothers, and let him dip his foot in oil’. God is so faithful to fulfil His words. Amen

  7. This is one of the reasons why Russia and the surrounding middle eastern nations want Israel. Their oil is fast running out. G-d will protect Israel.

  8. It's our watershed – don't drill there!

  9. God is with you Israel, don't lose heart, thou enemies surround you, he will defend you.

  10. Prayers for Israel and Jerusalem. In the end,GOD WINS!

  11. David Brooks says:

    It upsets the environmentalists? You mean it could significantly boost our economy and raise many people out of poverty, making yet another non-communist nation richer?

    No wonder they're against it…

  12. Gas, now Oil; to the land of Milk & Honey. Thank
    You almighty god.

  13. John Spangle says:

    God provides and protects Israel

  14. David Conley says:

    You mean Moses turned the right way and wasn't wrong after all?

  15. Drill baby Drill ! Don't wait !

  16. Edward Lobel says:

    Israel needs to protect this region at all costs! If the oil is there and can be gotten to without much difficulty that is great. If the oil is in the rock and needs to be "fracked" to get at it, that is another situation which must be dealt with. Protecting the site and avoiding war is a must. The crazies in Lebanon and Syria would rather blow up this site than let Israel use it by itself! If there is really as much a they think, giving small shares to Lebanon and Syria (say 5-10% may be a good thing for Israel to think about, if it avoids a war!

  17. Alan Kardon says:

    So what will President Obama do to protect this from it being stolen from Israel?

  18. Oil in the Golan Heights would also be an incentive for Syria to have a permanent peace with Israel.

  19. Peter Mills says:

    Jacob's blessing for Asher was that it would be standing on oil.

  20. Maria Mollo says:

    Oil in the Golan Heights would be a good reason for the Ezekiel 37,38 war to begin and Israels enemys are already lineing up there!! That will be a big mistake for those enemys of Israel,that is when GOD destrors 5 out of the 6 soldiers that come against Israel!! GOD Bless Israel and Her People,I stand with Israel—Mike Mollo

  21. Edward Lobel says:

    Alan Kardon Why do you think President Obama s responsible to protect this. I do think if Israel were attacked he would engage with the use of force!

  22. If Israrl were attacked Barack Obama would have the CIA working overtime to find an excuse for the USA Airforce to attack Isreal's military.

  23. Edward Lobel says:

    Bruce Saltzman For someone who went to a good University you are sure dumb! Maybe you were the guy who was snoring in all the lecture halls. There is no doubt that if Israel were attacked President Obama would send military help!

  24. Josh Canary says:

    Bet every environmentalists drove there cars to those court hearings lol

  25. I always had wondered if the Milk and Honey was an allusion to oil…

  26. Wouldn't this area be Naphtali though? Asher was over more toward the coast wasn't he? Correct me if I'm wrong… But this map shows it being the Easter side of the Sea of Galilee up in the heights…

  27. Jacob's blessing for Asher would be to dip his foot in oil KJV,

  28. Please tell me where this is found in the Bible, please

  29. Bible says we all have free choice

  30. Bet Syria regrets starting war with Israel now!
    Syria started so any ground lost is forfeit.

  31. On their petruleum tires!

  32. If this is the truth,and i believe it is, then it is a definite game changer….now we see the creeps crawl out from all skanky rocks and lay all sorts of claims to it. It is no wonder Obama and his cronies want Palestinian independence ….oy…

  33. For those of us who've been pondering the mysteries of biblical revelation for years (e.g. Ezekiel 38,39), it's fascinating watching God move the pieces around the board. We live in such amazing times. God bless Israel!

  34. Bruce Saltzman thinks "israrl" is going to be attacked by "USA Airforce." Dude…eh, never mind.

  35. Fae Patton says:

    Praise God for His bountiful blessings.

  36. Bruce Saltzman You are right! Obama and the democrats hate Israel, Watch off the gay muslims!

  37. Edward Lobel says:

    Francisco Javier Mariategui Caceres Is that why over 80% of Jews in the US are democrats? Do they all hate Israel? I think you are not only crazy, but hate Obama so much that you simply are blined by the truth!

  38. aosta77 says:

    I am very concerned about the environment. 

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