Natural Gas Sets The Stage For Armed Conflict In The East Mediterranean


The efforts of individual countries to access the gas fields in the south-eastern part of the Mediterranean make the area very vulnerable to new conflicts and war and can also lead to a dispute within NATO and affect Europe’s energy security, putting the EASTMED pipeline in question. The war for natural resources is looming large.

The first problem is the relationship between Cyprus and Turkey. Ankara, the only capital which recognizes North Cyprus, says that all activities related to the extraction of gas in the Cypriot area are an encroachment on the interests of North Cyprus. While Turkey does not recognize agreements between Cyprus and other countries on the issue of economic exclusive zone (EEZ) or licenses for gas exploration in Cypriot territorial waters, Nicosia holds the opposite opinion. Ankara, through the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) puts forward claims that it is entitled to look for gas and oil in Cypriot waters and has the right to defend its interests there. Cyprus issued a number of concessions to various mining companies on more than half of the blocks (i.e. parts of the economic exclusive zone on which companies could explore gas or oil) located within the Cypriot EZZ. President Erdoğan warned Cyprus and international gas exploration companies that the violation of Turkish interests would have bad consequences.

In the middle of February 2018 the warning was made good and so the Saipem 1200 mining vessel operating for Italian company – Eni was blocked by Turkish ships. Italy responded by sending a military ship to the area. This shows how explosive the situation is now that two NATO member states want to pursue economic goals without backing them with diplomacy.

It is worth mentioning that also in February a Turkish coast guard boat rammed a Greek patrol ship in the Aegean Sea, which shows that the Turkish government is willing to use military force.

The deepening cooperation between Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy regarding the EastMed gas pipeline project is another flashpoint. The new pipeline, whose aim will be to supply gas from the Caspian Sea to Southern Europe, would weaken the transit role of the Turkish TANAP.

Another potential conflict is the one between Turkey and Egypt over the rich Zohr gas field discovered only in 2015. Ankara does not recognize the 2003 Cypriot-Egyptian EEZ accords and the 2013 sea border agreements between Cairo and Nicosia, which assign the Zohr gas field to Egypt. At the beginning of February 2018, the Egyptian government warned Turkey that further interference in this area would be met with a decisive reaction.

The relations between Turkey and Egypt are already strained. Though Turkey was a supporter of the Egyptian Brotherhood and Mohamed Mursi, who took power in Egypt in 2011, nowadays there is no love lost between Ankara and Cairo, because in 2013 the Trukey-friendly government was toppled. In a 2016 interview, President Erdoğan gave vent to his anger, calling the current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a “putschist” who killed thousands of his own people.

The sea area between Israel and Lebanon is the most explosive area, which extends along the edges of three Lebanese gas exploration Blocks: 8, 9, 10 of which Block 9 is said to be the most profitable and is claimed by Israel. In the first half of February 2018, Lebanon signed a contract for exploratory and production works with Italian Eni, French Total and Russian Novatek. Since the works are to be carried out in Block 9, Israel described Lebanon’s action as “very provocative”, paving the way for a military showdown. In response to it, the Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasr Allah threatened to target Israeli offshore gas platforms.

The Israeli media are already speculating about the third Lebanese war and suggest that the Hezbollah attack on Israel is inevitable. In mid-February, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared that Washington could help resolve the dispute between Israel and Lebanon, but Hasan Nasr Allah refused to have talks with the United States, a dishonest broker. Hezbollah is supported by Iran as is Lebanon by Turkey. Tel Aviv accuses Ankara of supporting Hamas, while Turkey says it merely defends Islam and Palestinians. The presence of Israeli troops in Cyprus is perceived by President Erdoğan as interference in the Turkish sphere of influence. It was in June 2017 that Israeli commandos carried out the largest military exercises so far, aimed at counteracting a possible annexation of Cyprus by Turkey.

Gas deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean attract the attention of European, Russian, Iranian, Turkish and American armed forces. Cyprus occupies here a strategically important place. The number of players is a sum of the countries directly involved and their allies. Gas, like crude oil, has the potential of igniting a new wave of violent encounters between enemies and friends.


Slack Jack BullyDog Mon, 02/26/2018 - 07:08 Permalink


There are no ancient Jewish cities in Israel,...
but there are lots of ancient Greek cities.

What is weird is this; that 2000 years ago, it seems that there were no people even resembling Jews, in Israel.

It turns out that there is not a single ancient Jewish city in what is now called Israel. There is not a single ancient city where Hebrew characters are used on the statues and buildings. There is not a single ancient city where the buildings are in the ancient Jewish architectural style. In fact, there is not even a category of "ancient Jewish architectural style".

Of course, the Hebrew characters that are desired, are those of the Dead Sea scrolls (supposedly from 2000 years ago), which are essentially the modern Hebrew characters without points.

If you check out all the ancient cities in Israel from 2000 years ago, they are all Greek, and their ruins are still there for you to visit. Their inscriptions are in the Greek script and the buildings are in the ancient Greek architectural styles.

Here is a list of some of the known ancient Greek cities in (and near) Israel; Ecdippa, Seleucia, Ptolemais, Taricheia Arbela, Asochis, Sepphoris, Hippos, Dion, Sycaminum, Bucolon Polis, Itabyrium, Gadara, Abila, Dora, Comus, Gephrus, Crocodilion Polis, Caesarea, Straton's Tower, Narbata, Scythopolis, Pella, Samaria, Amathus, Ragaba, Gerasa, Apollonia, Sicima, Pegae, Joppa, Arimathea, Jamnia, Port of Jamnia, Lydda, Modiin, Aphaerema, Philadelphia, Birtha, Gazara, Beth Horon, Dok, Jericho, Samaga, Esbus, Medaba, Ladder of Tyre, Azotus, Port of Azotus, Accaron, Jerusalem, Ascalon, Anthedon, Gaza, Marissa, Beth Zur, Hebron, Adora, Engeddi.

The ancient Jewish cities in Israel are,....... well there aren't any. Not even one.

Here's an interesting example of a first century BC Greek inscription (i.e., in Greek letters) from Jerusalem's Temple Mount forbidding the entry of strangers to the Temple precinct.

The pictured stone was found in 1935. It was actually the second such warning-stone to be found, the first being discovered by Charles Simon Clermont-Ganneau in 1871. It was deemed so dangerous to the "Jews inhabited Israel 2000 years ago" theory, that it completely disappeared for 13 years before resurfacing in Istanbul, where, it was correctly calculated, it would not attract much attention.


The first Jerusalem Temple Mount warning-stone, now found in the Archaeology Museum, Istanbul, is pictured below:

It says (in Greek): "No stranger is to enter within the balustrade round the temple and enclosure. Whoever is caught will be responsible to himself for his death, which will ensue."

Slack Jack's CHALLENGE:

Name ONE ancient city (that existed in what is now called Israel) where the building inscriptions are all in Hebrew, and the buildings are constructed in the ancient Hebrew architectural style (whatever that may be).

Then give a summary of "the ancient Hebrew architectural style" (you will have to make this up as it does not yet exist).

Then give links to photos of the ancient building inscriptions which show that they are written in Hebrew.

Then show that the buildings are constructed in the ancient Hebrew architectural style (that you have just invented).

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Slack Jack Slack Jack Mon, 02/26/2018 - 07:08 Permalink


The Dead Sea scrolls Hoax.

The Dead Sea scrolls are a mixture of old documents that were hidden in a number of caves to be miraculously found and used to support the establishment of Israel, a country intended for Jews only.

The main document "finds" were in 1946 and 1947 in caves near the tiny ancient settlement of Qumran.

Israel was created in 1948.

The Dead Sea scrolls are the only really old (well supposedly really old) documents, in the Hebrew characters, that have ever been found. No other really old documents in the Hebrew characters have ever been found.

All other documents in Hebrew characters date from later than 800 AD.

Previous to the "finds", critics had pointed out the late date of all documents in Hebrew characters, and deduced that the Hebrew Old Testament must have been translated from the Greek Old Testament and not the other way round.

Then, low and behold,... a very timely miracle occurs.

The Dead Sea scrolls are "found" and dated to hundreds of years earlier than the oldest previously known documents in Hebrew characters.

Then, it is widely claimed that all the scrolls were produced and hidden in the Qumran caves before 70 AD (the supposed time of the mythical sack of Jerusalem by the Romans).

The critics are not given access to the scrolls nor even photographs of the text, lest they spoil the party.

In fact, for decades, only seven scholars are given access to the scrolls.

This goes on till certain critics are dead and the scrolls have been purged of all anachronisms (like Arabic numerals).

Then, in 1991, only 45 years after their "discovery", the Huntington Library, in San Marino, California, without consent, makes facsimile copies of the scrolls available to all.

So that, in brief, is the Dead Sea scrolls Hoax.

More, however, can be deduced....

One can even guess where the Dead Sea documents came from.

It turns out that some of the Dead Sea documents, for example, the "Damascus Document," are nearly identical to documents from the Genizah collection of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt. So, it is likely that many of the Dead Sea scrolls had their source there.

Worldwide, there are ten manuscripts of the "Damascus Document" from the Dead Sea scrolls and two from the Cairo Genizah. This strange distribution is a result of the fraud. The "Damascus Document" was first published in 1910 by Solomon Schechter in "Fragments of a Zadokite Work."

The Ben Ezra Synagogue was established around 900 AD.

Now, the Arabs have ruled Egypt since they defeated the Greek armies around 635 AD.

Now, the synagogue (and its Jews) existed happily, undisturbed, in Cairo, in the midst of the Islamic world.

So, maybe the original Jews were a group of Arabs.

This would explain why Hebrew and Arabic are nearly identical languages.

This would explain why the Hebrew and Islamic religious traditions are very similar.

And, it would also explain why Jews turned up in Spain with the Arabs (Moors).

Another couple of points:

It should also be noted that a few Jewish scholars (in particular, Solomon Zeitlin) have long insisted that the Dead Sea scrolls were a Medieval production. [Zeitlin was a well-known Talmudic scholar and would not claim this unless convinced it was true.]

Internal evidence from the scrolls themselves indicates a Medieval production. See, here.

And, the fact that many scrolls are written on vellum (90% of them) proves these are indeed a Medieval production.

It is estimated that 20 people occupied the site of Qumran (estimated by the number of inhabitants for whom there was room in the buildings). Now these 20 people were not just ordinary people, they read and wrote Greek, Phoenician, Aramaic, Nabataean, and Hebrew documents, like natives, and managed to write learned works on numerous religious topics (about 900 manuscripts were "recovered"; about six hundred separate works), while gathering enough water, and raising enough food, for their survival, in a desert.

Some have tried to claim that as many as 200 lived at Qumran, but most have considered that number ridiculously high.

Anyway, I think it is clear that the Dead Sea scrolls are a bunch of old documents that have been thrown together and sold to a gullible world.

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Truth Eater Slack Jack Mon, 02/26/2018 - 08:12 Permalink

When God searched the earth for a tribe or nation who would obey Him, He found only Abram.  The one man of faith was chosen to be the father of the blessing for those who would have faith in Messiah.  This puny tribe was given the land by God.  Want to fight that?  You will not prevail against God.  The unfaithfulness of the Jews brought disaster upon them but those outside who also oppose God will find worse than disaster.

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Boxed Merlot Truth Eater Mon, 02/26/2018 - 15:30 Permalink

...obey Him, He found only Abram...

And this guy never owned any real estate except for the graveyard he had to buy from a guy already living there in order to have a place to bury his wife. In fact, he lived in tents his whole life and was described as a "sojourner", (a term now applied to "Christians" as we live out the remainder of our days on earth). While it's true a number of his descendants returned centuries later under the command of Joshua to claim an "inheritance", they no sooner crossed the Jordan than they immediately proved themselves disobedient by immediately taking up with the inhabitants of the land.

Neither would they prove faithful in administering Justice by practicing bribery, sorcery, murdering of innocents, infant sacrifice to pagan deities but also failed to celebrate legitimate festivals, sabbatical years, Jubilee and other benefits prescribed to prevent perpetual servitude, disillusionment and subsequent military defeat.

Even their eventual return from Babylon under Ezra and Nehemiah was half hearted, only to result in eventual Greco-Roman conquests centuries later. At this point in time, however, we can see the perfecting of the plan of God by the arrival of His only Begotten suffering at the hands of both Jew and Gentile sinners, and flawlessly fulfilling everything previously prescribed to the peoples before in his personal life, by not only his life, death and burial, but by the factual resurrection of his tortured body.


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lincolnsteffens Slack Jack Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:43 Permalink

Not a particularly good argument Slack Jack. Name one ancient city in North America where there is evidence of Native American writing from before European conquest.

Please post your evidence of these "Indian" sights. Conquered people don't get to write history or even use their own written language in commerce and public buildings.

In Mexico the ancient cities and Temples were dismantled and the building materials were used to build Christian Churches by the invaders.

The language of the region was Aramaic.



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BobEore HoserF16 Mon, 02/26/2018 - 06:36 Permalink

The first problem is the relationship between Cyprus and Turkey.

That is NOT the first problem. That is a symptom of the first problem - which is the manipulation of every player in the region by the tiny terror state with the 'Leviathan-like' hoard of NG it is using to stir up tsunami-type waves.

In the classic 'play both side off the middle routine of which it is master, the triabalist entity has successively entered into 'alliance' with competing states - Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt - so as to better sequester their markets, resources, land routes or sea lines as the case may be... and then set up their direct competitor/enemy with same.

Make a deal with Italy and Cyprus for sreali gas to flow to Europe via a joint pipeline. Make the same deal with Ankara, then throw in Ankaras' nemesis Egypt, and well as Greece, to turn the screws on the former, while inviting the Moscovites in to muddy the thing even further.

Gazprom and Botas were supposed to have a deal in the bag and gas streaming by this time, but the little 'sneaky left hooks' which the terror state specializes in threw timetables - and alliances themselves all off kilter. The loose alliance with the UKIES... who the Turkstream was supposed to render redundant... is one Turkey covertly supports Srael in, at the same time as paying lip service to its deals with Moscow. And instead of working with the latter to seal up the European market with that former deal, they secretly work hard to bring the central stans' gas to market via the Azeri line which cuts the Russkies out! One or the other of these cheats is gonna provoke their 'partners' into a major meltdown, sooner or later!

It's a "Byzantine Intrigue" gone ballistic, knives stuck in each others backs, while naive geopolitical analysts drone on about emerging 'alliances' tween 'frenemies' constantly seeking advantage over each other, whilst holding hands for the press releases. Which, in large measure - is what the Syrian Endgame is all about - right now.

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OverTheHedge An Shrubbery Mon, 02/26/2018 - 05:47 Permalink

NATO is Europe / Europe is NATO, plus US & UK (can't include UK in Europe any more, that would be politically incorrect). Hoodwinking NATO to go to war on Europe's behalf would be self-defeating. You're absolutely right, then. They will.

Oh, and about the Turkish boat "ramming" the Greek boat - they scraped some paint off the stern, and that was about it.

However, the Turkish naval "blockade" of the drilling ship was a bit more serious:…

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An Shrubbery OverTheHedge Mon, 02/26/2018 - 06:14 Permalink

NATO is the US. That much I agree with. Europe contributes very little to NATO. The US has bases all over Europe, which benefits the Europeans, and drains US taxpayer dollars. We need to shut down all our overseas bases and bring our troops home. Fuck NATO, let the cocksucking europeans defend themselves from the big bad russians, it's none of our business.

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OverTheHedge An Shrubbery Mon, 02/26/2018 - 07:29 Permalink

Fuck NATO, let the cocksucking europeans defend themselves from the big bad russians, it's none of our business.

Are you sure that you want that? It would mean Europe and Russia becoming strategically aligned, what with living next to each other etc. It would mean that the US might get shut out of the largest trading block, to the benefit of Russia and China. It would mean no reason for Europe to buy gas and oil in dollars.

Put it like that, and NATO seems to be an astonishingly important part of the American hegemony. NATO folding would be a huge crisis for the US. Probably a very good thing for Europe, right up until the missiles start to fall.

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msamour OverTheHedge Mon, 02/26/2018 - 08:15 Permalink

I agree with your assessment. I for one would like to see Canada become a neutral country. There would be a risk Americans would invade us after though. Americans do not see past their noses, and aside from the huge war machine, they do not have much to entice the world to do as they do. They have been used to ruling the world with a iron fist in the last 70 years, and will not let go of their military power very lightly.

In fact, I believe the biggest threat to world peace is Americans losing their control over world resources. They will happily destroy the world with nukes if it means no one else can control it. It's the old if I cannot have it so can;t you attitude.

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OliverAnd OverTheHedge Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:46 Permalink

What Turkey forgets is that in a war with Greece, the majority of Russians despite orders will not attack the Greeks for any reason.  For Russians, the Greeks represent what France and the UK mean for the USA.  They will not help radical Turkish Islamists invade and conquer some of the holiest sites of Christianity; Christian Orthodox sites.  The Europeans will not allow Turkey to take control of the hydrocarbons around Cyprus and the Aegean because they desperately need resources within their territory to minimize funds going to other nations outside.  The article talks about gas, but the truth is that these areas are very rich in both gas and crude oil... the crude oil may be too deep for now but the reserves are estimated to be nearly double that of the Middle East.  If anything it may actually bring peace as it will allow both the west and the east to work together in order to rid the Turkish pest.  It will allow the west to correct what they failed to do in 1974 when Cyprus was invaded illegally by the Turks; it is funny to hear the Turks demand a share of the hydrocarbons when they are illegally occupying a part of Cyprus.

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doctor10 Mon, 02/26/2018 - 05:29 Permalink

Moar. Woar. Is not a substitute for collaboration and statesmanship.  Moar. Woar is a weak mind and lazy intellect-corrupted by the Military Congressional Industrial Complex.


USA needs to make itself the head of OPEC-and collaboratively coordinate all energy producing and distributing nations under the Petro-Dollar. Yes-that does mean forging a productive alliance with Russia. To boot, the MCIC can have at least as much fun policing this world situation as they can have continuing to set off big bomz in the mid-east and the Levant.


Gold_Spot Mon, 02/26/2018 - 05:30 Permalink

I don't know why every one is so negative on Turkey's activities in Mediterranean. He just want to preserve the natural flora, the fishes and their freedom of movement in the sea democracy

just the tip Herodotus Mon, 02/26/2018 - 08:39 Permalink

the super structure of gas wells is designed to withstand 125 mph on most structures.  there is a factor of safety of 4 in the design.  that would mean windspeeds of 500 mph could be withstood, theoretically.

depending on the distance to the blast is what is all important.  the blast wave dissipates with distance traveled.  the blast wave is compounded by two factors.  whether or not the blast takes place at the surface, yielding a simple single wave propagation, or the blast takes place at a elevated point above the surface, resulting in additional reflective forces, that compound the initial blast wave mentioned previously.  then there is the phenomena known as blast wind, which is a negative pressure force created as a result of the blast wave resulting in a significant directional flow reversal.

the initial blast wave of a nuke at the surface is estimated to yield wind velocities in excess of 900 mph.  the resulting blast wind will result in subsonic velocities yet exceeding the 600 mph range.

it would be my opinion that the super structure of a gas well would not stand up to the blast wave of a nuke.  the support structure at the base would be damaged but not destroyed.  it all depends on the distance to the blast.

hope this helps.

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MusicIsYou Mon, 02/26/2018 - 05:36 Permalink

Well first Turkey needs to throw the U. S out of Turkey and confiscate any U. S equipment in Turkey.  Then Turkey needs to annex Cyprus. And if Israel doesn't like it then flatten Israel (the piece of crap U. N charter created country that it is)

Herodotus Mon, 02/26/2018 - 05:36 Permalink

A lot of the world's problems could be solved by returning Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, and Arabia to Ottoman rule.  These people all got along better when they were under the thumb of the Turk.


MusicIsYou Mon, 02/26/2018 - 05:53 Permalink

The U. S will show Turkey,  we'll send millennial soldiers who don't brush their teeth to invade Turkey,  haha. And we'll send the U. S navy to crash into cargo ships,  and do lines of cocaine.

WIZARD OF OOZER Mon, 02/26/2018 - 06:11 Permalink

World is overpopulated for its resource levels.  Time for something big to clean house and send the remainder back to about 1425.  There will be no trace of technology once everything is vaporized, except for a little radioactivity here and there.

That's my Big Bang Theory.

just the tip WIZARD OF OOZER Mon, 02/26/2018 - 08:48 Permalink

the rub of what the left and right coasts want to do is, if they eliminate flyover country, they eliminate the natural resources of the US.  yes there are deposits all over the US, but the infrastructure to transfer these resources are located in flyover country.  think cushing, oklahoma, my former residence.

i on the other hand share the opposite view.  nuke everything east of the mississippi and west of the rockies.  problem solved.

and no, it will not be the radioactivity for the next 550,000 years that prevents me from going there.  i won't go there now.  so.  what's the big deal?

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zimboe WIZARD OF OOZER Mon, 02/26/2018 - 22:39 Permalink

There is an automatic natural limiter.


Lassa  and the black death are already stirring.

 I.E.- Africa- is essentially a big bacteria buffet, all you can eat.

A billion or so blobs of malnourished mosquito food jammed cheek by jowl, to be food animals for yottillions of smaller blobs.

It's a blob-eat-blob world.

The tiny diner-blobs just haven't arrived yet. They will.

Or, think of it as a steep hillside covered with overgrown dry brush.

One spark-Same mechanism.

Entropy never sleeps.


"Judgement Day is inevitable".

-Uncle Bob

AKA model CSM -101

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just the tip Snout the First Mon, 02/26/2018 - 08:56 Permalink

since mohammad looked that gift horse, sold to him by the joos, in the mouth, that ship sailed.  they have been going at each other over camels and goats for 1400 years.

and you think these inbred brother and sister fuckers are going to agree to sharing something providing the wealth and influence that this product does?

i got some ocean front property just east of scottsdale road i'll sell you.  $1billion US per acre.  let's do a deal.  you can trust me.  the first national bank of nigeria does.

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Davidduke2000 Mon, 02/26/2018 - 08:17 Permalink

the turks need their heads deflated. after their empire was badly defeated, one would think they learned a lesson, unfortunately because turkey is most strategic country on earth, every country is sucking up to the turks which is causing turkey to act arrogantly.