Why Chevron’s Investment in Israeli Gas Is a Revolutionary Development

Aug. 14 2020

Throughout their history, the major U.S. fossil-fuel companies have systematically avoided investing in the Jewish state’s natural gas and shale oil—presumably to preserve their crucial business relations in Iraq and the Arabian peninsula. Last month, the oil giant Chevron broke with this precedent by acquiring Noble Energy, a Texas-based company with a stake in the Leviathan gas field in Israel’s coastal waters. Dore Gold explains the economic and geostrategic implications of this step. (Video, 5 minutes.)

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More about: Israeli economy, Israeli gas, Oil

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war