web analytics
May 25, 2015 / 7 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


What Will Get Russia to Abandon Iran? Israeli Natural Gas


Netanyahu and Putin in Jerusalem, June 25, 2012. Was Iran's fate decided during this get-together?

Netanyahu and Putin in Jerusalem, June 25, 2012. Was Iran's fate decided during this get-together?
Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/FLASH90

“Has Putin’s desire to retain Russia’s energy position moved him away from Tehran?” ask The Commentator’s Peter C. Glover and Michael J. Economides. While the world has been expected to divide into familiar camps over Iran’s nukes – the West against it, the East at least tacitly for it – it turns out there’s a new wrinkle in this plot, which could change the outcome of the biggest story of the year.

Moscow is interest in Israeli energy. Not to buy, to redirect.

Gazprom, Russia’s giant energy producer, has had an “energy stranglehold over Europe,” according to Commentator. The 20 million metric tons of eastern Mediterranean liquid natural gas (LNG) which Israel expects to export each year to Europe amounts to about a third of Russia’s gas exports.

Putin is concerned about this threat to Russia’s economy, which is based almost entirely on its ability to control European energy. And so Moscow is set on doing everything in its power to protect this ‘captive’ market against the marauding Israelis (and Cypriots).

The Jewish Press’ Rotem Sella earlier this month cited “a very senior person in the Israeli gas industry” who told him: “The Russians have been poking around here for a while. Everyone knows about the Russian interest in controlling the European energy market. Do they want to buy from us, or delay our efforts? I don’t know. But they are here.”

During Putin’s visit to Israel, he and Prime Minister Netanyahu reportedly agreed to form a Gazprom subsidiary which would “help” with Israel’s enormous gas field, the “Levyatan.”

And Ohad Marani, CEO of IDLC energy which is already drilling the Myra well, told Sella: “In the Far East we will see three times what we see in Europe. While we won’t be able to keep the whole margin, it’s surely better than any European option, which would involve an expensive pipe.”

And could involve selling in Putin’s territory. You shouldn’t do that…

Turns out that in order to convince Israel it would be much better off selling its gas to India, China, South Korea and Japan, the new czar is prepared to sacrifice Iran. Putin is even willing to lose a billion dollar deal and possibly eat a 4 billion dollar court decision against him:

Eurasia Monitor has reported that Iran is suing Russia for close $4 billion in damages in the Court of Arbitration in Geneva for canceling a contract to sell five divisions of the S-300 long-range anti-aircraft missile system worth an estimated $800 million to $1 billion.

As I said, anyone who thought the Iran conflict would divide along predictable demarcation lines – welcome to the 21st century. Russia, which helped construct Iran’s nuclear plant at Bushehr, does not appear so eager to support Iran in a war against Israel. The Kremlin has other priorities than those it used to have when it ran the USSR brand.

And that chess play could prove to be the one that got Tehran to blink first.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

5 Responses to “What Will Get Russia to Abandon Iran? Israeli Natural Gas”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is the most interesting story I have read in months. When Putin was in Israel, I said that he was given an ultimatum. I think Netanyahu was crystal clear: "either Iran ceases production of nuclear weapons, or we will turn Tehran into a parking lot." This does add a very creative way to exclude Russia from the mix.

  2. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Energy…..it's always energy….

  3. Ruth Hirt says:

    Uuuuhhh, the czar can also cower. Zion is indeed bequeathed with wealth of advantages from Above. Who can afford to rebuff Israel?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow Scriptures are true. The prophecies are being fulfilled about the nations coming together. Read the Scriptures. The Messiah is COMING AGAIN soon Isaiah 7:14 He was already born, but they did not want Him Why? Read Isaiah 53:2. the Scriptures says about the Messiah "no beauty that we should desire in Him". The Messiah is COMING AGAIN to rule and reign forever, but before He COMES AGAIN he must SUFFER FIRST then rule and reign, that is why He came the first time to SUFFER. Zechariah 12:10 the scripture says "pierced" meaning past tense meaning He already came the first time to SUFFER. The Scriptures says Genesis 3:15. The SEED (singular) not seeds must be bruised. The seed is a person who will crush Satan's head. The bruising of the SEED was prophesied in Isaiah 53:5. Before the Crown there must be the Cross. The Cross first before the Crown. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

  5. Ruth Hirt says:

    Wonderful BFF Jill Amadi for rejoicing with me in the Name of HaShem.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Israeli-flag
A Palestinian State in the West Bank – World Hypocrisy
Latest News Stories

Actress and comedienne Meara Stiller died on Saturday at age 85.

Hassan Nasrallah Alive

Hezbollah terror chief Hassan Nasrallah is getting very scared of Islamic State’s advances.

One of the Molotov Cocktails thrown at the Beit Orot Yeshiva in Jerusalem. (June 16, 2014)

Between June 2014 and April 2015, the suspects habitually hurled rocks and firebombs into a number of Jewish-owned homes and facilities in A-Tur.

Nobel Prize winner John Nash (86) and his wide Alicia Nash (82) were killed in a car crash on Saturday night in New Jersey.

The boys were heading to a Shavuot study session when they were attacked by the Arab terrorist.

Remarks by the President on Jewish American Heritage Month – May 22, 2015

At the ninth hour, Chabad of Dead Sea whipped together sheva brochot in 2 hours for a newly wedded tourist couple — out of nowhere.

Israel finally has a Foreign Minister who is not ashamed to say the word “God.”

An Arab language website sent a reporter, dressed as a Jew, to the streets of Cairo.

Eight years ago, an Israeli rancher from Moshav Zippori in the Lower Galilee region reached a breaking point. Thieves and marauders had been targeting Chaim Zilberman’s sprawling ranch; his land was burnt black and cattle fences cut down. On the verge of bankruptcy, the rancher told his family during a Friday Shabbat dinner one night […]

Scotland Yard said it cannot prevent the upcoming neo-Nazi march that is planned for July 4th.

A store in Rafah, Gaza displays women’s Islamic head coverings for sale.

A State Dept. official is in Israel to talk about making the region nuclear-free.

The highway at the property is a favorite spot for PA Arabs to try to throw

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/what-will-get-russia-to-abandon-iran-israeli-natural-gas/2012/08/30/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: