THE WISDOM FUND: News & Views
The Observer (UK)
April 20, 2003

Israel Seeks Pipeline for Iraqi Oil

by Ed Vuillamy

Plans to build a pipeline to siphon oil from newly conquered Iraq to Israel are being discussed between Washington, Tel Aviv and potential future government figures in Baghdad.

The plan envisages the reconstruction of an old pipeline, inactive since the end of the British mandate in Palestine in 1948, when the flow from Iraq's northern oilfields to Palestine was re-directed to Syria. . . .

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Akiva Eldar, " Infrastructure Minister Paritzky dreams of Iraqi oil flowing to Haifa," Ha'aretz, March 31, 2003

Margaret Neighbour, "US asks Israel to explore the reopening of an oil pipeline from Iraq," The Scotsman, August 26, 2003

["(Feith and Perle) have wanted to do this for some time," said Nawaf Obaid, a Saudi oil analyst. "Ahmed Chalabi made an initial promise that once the governing council was formed, the pipeline (to Israel) would be reopened."--Iason Athanasiadis, " Pentagon explores option to export northern Iraqi oil via Israel," The Daily Star, November 19, 2003]

[In 1996, Feith, a supporter of the Likud in Israel, co-authored a paper for the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu advising him to end the Oslo peace process. When Netanyahu signed the Wye Agreement, Feith broke with him, accusing the Israeli leader of compromising away his values.

But Chalabi's fabrications didn't stop there. Even during the 1990s, it is now known, he was promising the war's supporters that his post-Saddam Iraq would establish diplomatic and trade relations with Israel and the U.S. He and his supporters were, at one point, quoted in the U.S., to the effect that after Saddam, the Russians and French would be out, replaced by U.S. companies who would be contracted to exploit Iraq's bountiful oil resources. More quietly, Chalabi was even promising both Israelis and their U.S. supporters that not only would the new Iraq trade with Israel, but it would resurrect the Iraq-Israel pipeline for oil export. This, of course, was music to their ears.--James J. Zogby, "Chalabi, Feith and Company: A Sordid Tale," Saudia-Online, May 31, 2004]

[The Prime Minister's Office, which views the pipeline to Haifa as a "bonus" the U.S. could give to Israel in return for its unequivocal support for the American-led campaign in Iraq, had asked the Americans for the official telegram.--Amiram Cohen, "U.S. checking possibility of pumping oil from northern Iraq to Haifa, via Jordan," Haaretz, August 24, 2004]

"U.S. to push for Kirkuk-Haifa pipeline," Haaretz, June 15, 2005

[A U.S. Navy construction battalion fresh from Hurricane Katrina relief duty is battling the elements and daily insurgent attacks to build permanent bases in the dangerous Anbar province.--Peter Spiegel, "Seabees buzz in to build up bases," Washington Times, February 3, 2006]

[Ever since 1948 when Israel was created, Israeli politicians have been dreaming of the reopening of the Kirkuk-Haifa pipeline and they tried their best to succeed even to the point of dealing with the "devil" that is.Saddam Hussein himself (3).

When Syria closed the pipeline Kirkuk-Baynas[sic] in 1982, in order to back Iran in its war against Iraq, Yitzak Shamir seized the opportunity to suggest to Baghdad that it should export its oil through Haifa. The Iraqi president refused.

Hanan Bar-on, under-director at the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs, came up again two years later by endorsing a Bechtel project to build a pipeline Kirkuk-Aqaba which Donald Rumsfled went to "sell" to Saddam Hussein in December 1983 and March 1984. The latter turned it down once more.

In 1987, Moshe Shahal, Israeli minister of Energy, had a survey made on the possibility of exporting oil to Haifa but, this time, through the Golan. The outbreak of the Gulf war of 1991 put an end to it.

It is only with the vote of the Iraq Liberation Act under Bill Clinton in October 1998 that the question of the transport of Iraqi oil was again on the agenda. The destabilization process against Syria becomes very clear against the US-Israel plans for the transport of Iraqi oil. So it goes for the position of France. As in Afghanistan where the war was conducted for the sole purpose of letting a passage for a pipeline, the United States want to have an allied regime in Damascus which will ensure that the Haifa terminal is well provided in "Kurdish" oil.--Gilles Munier, "The Kurdish Pipeline," AFI-Flash, January 30, 2006]

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