In 2000 a $4 billion US dollar gas field was discovered just off shore from the Gaza strip. The field is under waters that, by international recognition, makes it the property of the Palestinians. Kind of like the oil and gas that lies in the waters recognised as belonging to East Timor. Just like the East Timor gas and oil there are powers that want to deprive the Palestinians of any claim to or control over their natural resources.Just as Israel controls the fresh water and other resources that flow into Gaza, they want to ensure that the ‘right’ Palestinians control access to the vast gas field and the benefits that will flow from it. As they say, wars have been fought for less. And that is exactly what the carnage in Gaza has become. A war over natural resources and who controls them.Our moribund media have been reporting for the last three weeks that it was the Palestinians who ‘started’ this latest round of ethnic cleansing. However, even a cursory Google search will reveal the lie that these so called ‘reports’ are. On November 4th 2008 the IDF crossed into Gaza and killed four Palestinians and therefore broke the cease fire that had been negotiated in June.
via Gaza, Gas and War. [shane.araustralia.org]