(Palestinian Authority UN envoy Riyad Mansour)
Arutz Sheva: “The goal is to establish an exclusive economic zone off the coast of Gaza under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, said ambassador Riyad Mansour.
The Palestinian strategy is to reach agreements with two of its neighbors in the Mediterranean — first Egypt and then Cyprus — to define exclusive economic zones with respect to them, and then consult with lawyers as to what its potential borders with Israel could be.
Experts will then take an inventory of the natural resources claimed by the Palestinians and, and they will file their EEZ with the UN convention on the law of the sea.
It is a way to save time for future generations, said Mansour.”
Opinion: The lie that the Israelis occupy land belonging to a non-people group is moving to the next and possibly most dangerous phase.
Offshore from Gaza is the Leviathan gas field, which, in 2010 was called the most prominent field ever found in the sub-explored area of the Levantine Basin, which covers about 83,000 square kilometers of the eastern Mediterranean region.
When coupled with Tamar field, in the same location, discovered one year earlier, they give Israel the potential to become a net energy exporter, much to the chagrin of one Vladimir Putin.
Since Russia’s economy depends on oil and gas sales, Putin will not tolerate competition for his government majority-owned oil and gas giant Gazprom.
In 2005 Gaza was given back to the Palestinians in a land for peace farce. The land was given but the peace lasted less than 24 hours.
The idea of maritime borders between Gaza and Egypt will undoubtedly set the stage for the Palestinian demand to own at least part of or all the Leviathan and Tamar gas fields.
Since virtually every nation on earth is for a two state solution, the pressure will be on Israel and specifically Netanyahu to find a way to placate the UN/US/EU in keeping control of the vast energy fields.
The plot thickens.