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October 7, 2015 9:44 am

Massive Amount of Oil Discovered in Israel’s Golan Heights

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Cattle grazing in Golan Heights, overlooking the Hula Valley in Israel. Photo: Dave Bender.

Oil was discovered in the Golan Heights. Photo: Dave Bender

JNS.org – While the fates of Israel’s Tamar, Leviathan and Tanin offshore natural gas reserves have yet to be decided, oil has been discovered in the Jewish state’s Golan Heights region, Channel 2 reported Tuesday.

According to the report, recent exploratory drilling on the Golan has located a reserve of enough oil to supply Israel’s needs for many years to come.

The Ofek company, which conducted the drilling on the southern Golan Heights, claims that the reserve contains nearly 1 billion barrels of black gold.

Ofek chief geologist Dr. Yuvel Bartov told Channel 2, “We’re talking about a 350-meter (1,100-foot) thick layer, and the deciding factor is the porous thickness. Layers average 20 to 30 meters (70-100 feet) deep. Here, there’s 10 times what other locations contain, which means a significant amount. What is important to know is that the shale contains oil, and we know it does.”

The question now is how worthwhile producing oil from the reserve would be and how much it would cost to do so. Global oil prices are plummeting, and the high cost of drilling for and extracting the oil could make the venture non-cost effective.

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  • JadedInSanDiego

    So a humongous deposit of oil has been discovered under the soil of the Golan as of October 2015. Well now, that’s a pleasant surprise. Also a pleasant surprise is
    the large reservoir of natural gas found under the Mediterranean Sea in Israeli waters in just this past decade. These are both pleasant surprises for the nation of Israel. Here’s my question- did the Almighty Himself already hint at the notion that a treasure of these most valuable, 20th century commodities would be in the nation of Israel in these last days? Consider…

    When Moses blessed the sons of Israel in Deuteronomy Chapter 33: 13-17, he said the following words of Joseph. Here is the text from the King James Version:

    “And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the Lord be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon, And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills, And for the precious things of the earth and fullness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren. His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.”

    Notice that Moses says that God will bless Joseph’s land as well as the “deep that coucheth beneath.” Hmmm.

    Also, when the patriarch Jacob called his sons forth to bless them in the 49th Chapter of Genesis, it is verses 22-26 that are the blessings Jacob gives to Joseph. Here is the text from the King James Version:

    “ … Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren…”

    Interesting that Jacob states that The Almighty will bless Joseph with the blessings of the “deep that lieth under” and specifically uses this exact choice of words to bless Joseph. And Moses used the term “the deep that coucheth beneath” in his blessing upon Joseph. Why are these particular phrases used by both of these Hebrew patriarchs in their blessing to Joseph? To backtrack a bit, it should be noted that there is no true tribe of Joseph as the Bible indicates- there are only the tribes of Joseph’s two sons Ephraim and Manasseh that form the House of Joseph. And so, moving along- where were the boundary lines of the ancient Hebrew tribe of Manasseh? Those boundary lines extended west from the Mediterranean Sea at the present day modern city of Haifa- all the way east across the Jordan River and all the way across and through the present-day area called the Golan Heights.

    Today, the city of Haifa is the location where all the natural gas drilled offshore in Israeli waters is brought to the mainland to be used and sold across Europe. The Golan Heights is where the vast oil deposits have been discovered. There is no question that, when Moses leaned on his staff and blessed the sons of Abraham and when Jacob called his sons together to give them his blessing, the Almighty whispered into both their ears and told them both PRECISELY what words to speak on behalf of Joseph regarding the land of Manasseh and it’s “deep treasures.” The words are quite specific and to the letter.

    So, the oil and natural gas found in Israel of late are a nice surprise. The Almighty knew it all along, of course. He had to be smiling to Himself when he whispered into Moses’ and Jacobs’ ear and told them the exact words He had for Joseph’s blessing! And so who owns that land now? Who owns the nation of Israel? The so-called Palestinians? The UN and the World Court of Public Opinion? Never!

    Tell you what- I’ll give you a hint as to Who owns that land. Let me whisper it in your ear…

  • Bob

    Cost is the problem. Not availability. You scratch the ground in Saudiland and the oil comes out.

  • Herb Glatter

    to Mark Dienstag: I like the way you think. Israel annexed the Golan Heights December 14, 1981 see here for more details http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vie/viegolan.html

  • mackykam

    Historically speaking, the Golan was part of Ancient Israel. Annex it. Period.

  • Mark Dienstag

    Annex the Golan now. Let there be no pretext that the Golan as a vital strategic asset. It should be populated with the Jewish people and their Christian allies.
    Settlements should include hardened defensive positions with interlocking fields of fire and jumping off positions for a forward defense strategy.

    • Marcelo

      Israel already effectively annexed the Golan in 1981 (thankfully).