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
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]