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November 28, 2015 / 16 Kislev, 5776
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Netanyahu: Israel Faces Double Threat, From ISIS and Iran

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Thursday at a news conference in Be’er Sheva that Israel now faces two threats: that of Da’esh, or ISIS — and that of Iran.

Both issues were relevant to the condolences that Netanyahu expressed on behalf of Israel to the Egyptian people over the slaughter of dozens of police officers and Egyptian soldiers in Sinai on Wednesday by ISIS terrorists. An IDF official told media earlier in the evening there is also evidence indicating that Hamas terrorists — who are backed by Iran — were involved in helping the Sinai terrorists who attacked the Egyptian security personnel.

“Up until several months ago, when we said that ISIS was carrying out actions on our borders, people were skeptical,” Netanyahu said. “And here we see before our very eyes ISIS operating with unusual brutality on both our northern and southern borders.

“Our hearts are with the Egyptian people and we send our condolences to the Egyptian government and to the families whose loved ones have fallen in the struggle against vicious terrorism.

“The actions that we have seen from ISIS are nothing compared to the capabilities being built by the Iranian regime,” the prime minister continued, referencing the current nuclear deal being negotiated with Tehran six world powers.

The terrorist groups aligned against Israel in Gaza and Lebanon, he noted, are also all generously supported by Iran.

“It is clear that nobody in their right mind would give ISIS nuclear weapons. But in the major powers’ current talks with Iran they are giving it – this extremist state that is exporting terrorism around the world – the ability to develop an arsenal of nuclear weapons, of very many nuclear bombs along with the means to deliver them – long-range missiles,” Netanyahu pointed out.

“Therefore, we now face two threats – from ISIS and from Iran. We need not strengthen one at the expense of the other. We need to weaken both and prevent the aggression and arming of both.

“I tell you that in the face of these forces of darkness, which repress human rights, murder people and hang them up in public squares, against these forces we are moving forward here in Be’er Sheva with the cyber park,” Netanyahu went on, describing a new project that has been launched in the southern city.

“We see very great progress here in Be’er Sheva; this is a global revolution. While this revolution gives us considerable economic strength, as well as security and military strength, it requires us to leave behind the usual patterns, move on to other things and set forth a vision.

“The vision of Ben-Gurion was correct. Another vision must be added to it, that of commercial development. When commercial interests are joined to these companies, and they can profit, they come here and create growth that we could not even dream about.

“Here we are receiving all global forces, among them the strongest forces in the global economy, in Be’er Sheva, the Negev and the State of Israel because we created a commercial interest for them. This is a revolution. This will serve all citizens of the State of Israel, all of them without exception.

“The same thing can also be done now with the gas reserves. The gas reserves are a great gift that we have received. A vast quantity of gas is under the seabed. A small part of it has been extracted; a very great part is still in reserves under the sea. We must extract it from there. It is commercial firms that are extracting it.

“We have seen to it that 60% of their profits will enter into state coffers. We are using this, and will use it, for health, social welfare, education and security. We are talking about hundreds of billions of shekels — not hundreds of millions of shekels – but hundreds of billions of shekels in the coming years.

US Air Raid Targets Key Al Qaeda Terrorist in Libya

Monday, June 15th, 2015

U.S. military forces have eliminated a major Al Qaeda terrorist leader in Libya, according to Libyan officials in the eastern town of Beyda who spoke with media on Monday.

The radical Islamist, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, is an Algerian who led a deadly attack on an Algerian gas drilling site and had been dubbed by the French military as “uncatchable.”

Belmokhtar was targeted in a U.S. strike Saturday night on a farmhouse in a city near Benghazi that also killed seven members of the Ansar al Shari’a terrorist organization who were meeting at the site.

Pentagon spokesperson Col. Steve Warren told media in a briefing on Monday that military officials are continuing to assess the results of the operation in order to obtain confirmation of the kill.

PA Arabs Call On Abbas To Kill Israeli Gas Deal, Saying It Will Cement A Future Without Statehood

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Originally posted on Jewish Business News.

Palestinian Authority Arab civil society leaders and politicians are calling on Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to pull its backing from a $1.2 billion deal providing Israeli gas to the PA for the next 20 years, Middle East Eye reports.

Opposition to the deal comes a month after Jordanian officials have suspended talks over a $15 billion gas deal with U.S.-based Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek Group, which are partners in Israel’s largest offshore gas field, Leviathan.

The PA deal was signed last month by the same two companies, with the privately-owned Palestine Power Generation Company (PPGC).

The gas will fuel a $300 million electric power plant PPGC says it is developing in Jenin, which will be the first Palestinian Authority power plant in the Judea and Samaria.

But on Tuesday, PA politicians and activists at a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions press conference in Ramallah, said the deal is lacking in consideration for alternative providers—e.g. not the Jews.

The group also warned about the absence of clear Palestinian Authority laws on natural resource and energy governance—which means they expect their leaders to steal most of the money, like they usually do.

“I think there is corruption because there is no law that would monitor and regulate this sector,” said Azmi Shuaibi, commissioner of Aman, a PA anti-corruption watchdog. “This sector is hugely corrupt.”

They also questioned the need to lock down a 20-year deal, when gas deals in the past were kept to two years, and why Israel is a better trading partner than, say, Qatar or Venezuela.

“This deal will put burdens on the Palestinian people for a long period,” said Khalida Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Authority Legislative Council. “The people are not partners in this agreement.”

Jarrar argued that the gas deal is not a path to peace, but a premature normalization of relations between Israel and PA Arabs, cementing the abandoning of any future final status agreement.

Dr Mamdouh Akar, Commissioner General for Human Rights in the Palestinian Authority Territories who also spoke on Tuesday, recommended that, in addition to boycotting Israeli gas, PA Arabs should keep the gas they have underground until the laws governing natural resources are clear.

“We have to keep our gas for the next generation,” Akar said.

Bureaucrats Save Gas by Reducing Patrols Protecting Jews

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

A security officer in a community in Judea and Samaria has instructed drivers who rotate on security duty every night to reduce the time they patrol in the security jeep because of orders to save gas.

It is not clear if is the The Wise Men of Chelm in the Defense Ministry or in the community’s local regional council of the Southern Hebron Hills who have reduced the amount of money allocated for gasoline, the security officer told The Jewish Press

His new instructions to drivers are:

“Park with the engine turned off in a strategic spot where there is good surveillance.

“Turn on the engine and move the jeep every nine minutes to a new location.

“Leave the engine running for a few minutes to re-charge the battery and then turn it off again.

“After nine minutes from the time the engine was idles, move again to a different place.

“While the jeep’s engine is turned off, carry out a short patrol by foot.

“On Shabbat, do not turn off the engine at all but do not drive non-stop.”

He concluded that the new instructions severely reduce security.

But so what? It is not enough that gas prices have come down dramatically following the drop in worldwide crude oil prices.

The most important result is that the Defense Ministry is saving a few more shekels.

conEdision’s Multilingual Video on Gas Safety [video]

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

ConEd has created a series of multilingual gas safety videos for New Yorkers. So far they’ve done Spanish, Chinese and Korean.

We’re waiting to hear about videos in Yiddish and Hebrew.

ConEd’s message is simple: Smell gas, act fast. The videos cover signs of a potential gas leak and what to do; most importantly:


  • If the odor is strong, leave immediately and take others with you.
  • If you are outside, leave the area immediately.
  • Do not light a match or smoke, turn appliances or lights on or off (including flashlights), use a telephone or start a car. Doing so can produce sparks that might cause the gas to explode.
  • Find a phone away from the area and call 911 or 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). You can report leaks anonymously.
  • Do not assume someone else will report the condition.
  • National Grid customers should call 1-718-643-4050.
  • Tell us if there is a problem with your electric service.
  • Follow directions from emergency responders who are on site.

Tshuva To Export 20% of “Tamar” Gas Field to Egypt

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Yitzchak Tshuva plans to sell 20% of the gas drilled from the “Tamar” gas field to Egpyt, according to a report in Calcalist.

Letters of understandings were signed, and official contracts are expected to be signed in six months.

This is the first export agreement with Egypt, and follows the export agreement signed a few months ago with Jordan.

Egypt is to receive 4.5 BCM (billion cubic meters) each year for 15 years. The deal is valued at 1.1 to 1.3 billion dollars a year for a total of around $20 billion dollars.

The “Tamar” gas field holds an estimated 320 BCM and is owned by Noble Energy (36%), Delek and Avner Drilling (31.25%), Isramco (28.7%) and Dor Gas (4%).

Gas to Pump $60 Billion into Economy in 20 Years, Says Lapid

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Israel’s new offshore gas industry will generate $60 billion in revenues in Israel over the next 20 years, Finance Minister and Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid told the Knesset in its first day of the winter session Monday.

He charged the Opposition with damaging the economy by placing obstacles to the natural gas hook-up, which Lapid said will help lower the price of electricity and boost employment.

Taxes on gas will allow Israel to lower taxes, he added.

The High Court is to decide on who has the authority to decide how much of the gas can be exported. Several Opposition parties are demanding that Israel retain all of the gas for domestic use. The government has adopted a policy of exporting 40 percent of the gas.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gas-to-pump-60-billion-into-economy-in-20-years-says-lapid/2013/10/15/

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