US to pump Iraq oil to Israel?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by TorontoTrader2, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. So this is what our kids are dying for!

    Ah, the spoils of war.

    Let's give KBH another contract to help with this


    U.S. checking possibility of pumping oil from northern Iraq to Haifa, via Jordan

    By Amiram Cohen

    The United States has asked Israel to check the possibility of pumping oil from Iraq to the oil refineries in Haifa. The request came in a telegram last week from a senior Pentagon official to a top Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem. Advertisement

    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
  2. From the same article:

    The new pipeline would take oil from the Kirkuk area, where some 40 percent of Iraqi oil is produced, and transport it via Mosul, and then across Jordan to Israel. The U.S. telegram included a request for a cost estimate for repairing the Mosul-Haifa pipeline that was in use prior to 1948. During the War of Independence, the Iraqis stopped the flow of oil to Haifa and the pipeline fell into disrepair over the years.

    The National Infrastructure Ministry has recently conducted research indicating that construction of a 42-inch diameter pipeline between Kirkuk and Haifa would cost about $400,000 per kilometer. The old Mosul-Haifa pipeline was only 8 inches in diameter.

    Iraqi oil is now being transported via Turkey to a small Mediterranean port near the Syrian border. The transit fee collected by Turkey is an important source of revenue for the country. This line has been damaged by sabotage twice in recent weeks and is presently out of service.

    In response to rumors about the possible Kirkuk-Mosul-Haifa pipeline, Turkey has warned Israel that it would regard this development as a serious blow to Turkish-Israeli relations.

    Sources in Jerusalem suggest that the American hints about the alternative pipeline are part of an attempt to apply pressure on Turkey.

    The US and Israel may invest serious money in Iraqi infrastructure, the Kurds may sell their oil to Israel transporting it through Jordan... all this petty nonsense instead of doing something real important and noble, like murdering each other. What a fucking nightmare, what's the world coming to. The americans, Israelis, Kurds and Arabs may be doing business together, put TT2 and Wael on suicide watch.
  3. This will sure win us a lot of friends in the Middle East.