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

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.

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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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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…

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