Posted: February 23, 2013 in News

Silver Lining

Press TV

The Israeli regime has awarded a US energy company a license to drill for oil on Syria’s occupied Golan Heights.

Industry sources said on Thursday that Genie Energy won the license following reports last year that Tel Aviv had decided to allow oil and gas exploration on Golan Heights.

The New Jersey-based company has yet to obtain further work permits before it can launch the drilling operation.

Israel occupied and annexed the Golan Heights in 1967, in a move not recognized by the United Nations and the international community.

Israelis have been settling extensively in the highly strategic plateau, which is also the site of a major Israeli wind turbine project.

The Golan’s status has been one of the core issues in the Israeli-Syrian row, with Damascus demanding full return of territory.

Israel’s reach for the energy resources in the region comes amid a prolonged deadly unrest which…

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