My first article John Bolton’s NATO Crusade for Zion in this Balkanizing Syria series, laid out some pieces on a mid-east chessboard which is quickly approaching the point where the normal rules of engagement may become irrelevant, the board being flipped in the air. But at least a zealous looking John Bolton received the 2017 Guardian of Zion award.
#TBT to Monday when I was in Israel to receive the “Guardian of Zion” award from @BarIlanU‘s Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies. pic.twitter.com/9uWowxEdt5
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) June 1, 2017
To rehash quickly, the previous article revealed two major geopolitical alignments at the core of the Syria crisis, both of which require conflicting but revolutionary pipeline infrastructures to be built in the mid-east :
- Shiite bloc supported strongly by Russia, consisting of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon; including an increasing courtship of the Shiite regimes in Tehran and Baghdad by China. In the larger scheme of things, this bloc will be a cornerstone relationship in cementing the power of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the New Silk Road project. It will greatly amplify the geopolitical positions of the Russia-Iran-China relationship, protecting their interests through cheap energy access relationships, insulating them from NATO power plays.
- Sunni bloc supported by NATO and Israel, consisting of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Turkey. This bloc currently has an uneasy internal relationship between the three main components of NATO; the US-UK ‘special relationship’, the rest of the European Union, and Turkey. NATO member Turkey had become quite exasperated attempting to compromise (on Kurds and Iran) in regards to Arab and US expectations, leading to a failed NATO sponsored 2016 Gulenist coup d’état against Erdoğan, critically wounding this core relationship. Additionally, the US-UK relationship with the EU is highly tense.
Qatar is revealed to be a key player in this chess game due to its being in possession of by far the largest natural gas field in the world, shared with Iran. This gas field is larger than the next thirteen biggest fields combined. It’s not just a potential goldmine for exploitation profits but clearly a deadly market weapon desired by NATO – if it can be tapped by pipelines. If Saudi cheap production crude is the weapon of control for NATO within the OPEC cartel, the Qatar gas field – known as the North Dome field – should be considered a weapon of mass Kremlin destruction.
This big-picture view of mid-east conflict tends to – on the surface – relegate Israel to a secondary position of influence in this unfolding conflict. This is most definitely not the case.
Central to this conflict is the Zionist agenda of Likudnik right-wing war-hawks and their chosen foreign policy wonks like John Bolton; a puppet on strings pulled by – among others – the Jewish-American casino and hotel magnate Sheldon Adelson. Adelson was the largest donor during the 2016 POTUS election, choosing Trump at the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting known by some as the ‘Sheldon Primary’ held at his hotel and casino The Venetian Las Vegas. After endorsing Trump in May 2016, Adelson eventually donated $25 million to the Trump campaign and $5 million to the inauguration ceremony – the largest Trump donor.
Bolton intimately understands the deep-state bureaucracy. A major philosophy practiced by this man and his Zionist associates is to divide and conquer; especially when it comes to the Sunni-Shiite sectarian fault line. This doctrine is accepted regardless of the potential fallout for western nations so long as it serves Israel. Maintaining and building up Islamic boogeymen – ideally as radical as possible – is an outcome to be desired by these men who thrive on Hegelian dialectic.
Bolton’s connections with past and present events condense most clearly around two men; fellow hawks Douglas Feith and Dick Cheney. These three cemented their personal power through membership in the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA). These three men from JINSA curiously pop up as the sinew connecting a web of highly influential Likudnik Israeli aligned neocon interest groups.
The Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) is dedicated to educating Congressional, military and civilian national security decision-makers on American defense and strategic interests, primarily in the Middle East, the cornerstone of which is a robust U.S.-Israeli security cooperation. JINSA believes that a strong American military and national security posture is the best guarantor of peace and the survival of our values and civilization.
‘Strong’ simply means perpetually engaged in mid-east warfare. Constant war in Islamic countries will generate enmity towards NATO/aligned countries, triggering terror attacks, fueling western support for Israel; our ‘greatest ally’ in the mid-east. A cursory glance at the JINSA logo and website header reveals its true purpose: The six-pointed Star of David is the shadow behind a five-pointed patriotic American Star; in other words, the US is simply to use its larger resources to create a protective geopolitical shadow for Zionist aims.
Between 2013 and 2018 while in cold storage during the Obama Administration, John Bolton was the Chairman of the Gatestone Institute; one of a plethora of primarily Israeli aligned foreign policy think-tanks posing as patriotic American interest organizations. Previously known as the Hudson Institute New York, this think-tank was founded and is still run by Sears Roebuck heiress and Zionist Jewess Nina Rosenwald (President). Nina was the Vice President of JINSA and is active in AIPAC. The VP of Gatestone is Naomi H. Perlman, another Zionist Jewess.
Rosenwald is a supporter of illegal settlements in the West Bank and also contentious settlements in the occupied Golan Heights region stolen from Syria in 1967. As reported by The Nation in 2012 :
The Rosenwald Family Fund has provided at least $100,000, for example, to the Golan Fund, an initiative of the Israel Land Fund that aims to increase the “Jewish presence” in Israel’s Galilee region and the occupied Golan Heights by “obtain[ing] more of that [Arab] land for agricultural use,” according to its website. Extending its influence across the Green Line, the Rosenwald Family Fund has also provided financial support to the College of Judea (now Ariel University Center of Samaria) in the Israeli mega-settlement of Ariel; the Beit El yeshiva, a religious nationalist school situated in a West Bank settlement that instructs students to disobey government orders to abandon illegal settlement outposts; and to the Central Fund for Israel, a New York City-based nonprofit that serves as a major funding artery between American-based donors and the hardcore settlements of the West Bank.
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Rosenwald counts among her closest friends Norman Podhoretz, the octogenarian neoconservative activist and former Commentary magazine editor who argues that Jewish Democrats are heretics betraying their religious duty to support the Jewish state. Rosenwald, according to one friend, is also close to Podhoretz’s daughter, Ruthie Blum, a right-wing columnist who lives in the illegal West Bank settlement of Har Adar and writes a column for Israel Hayom, a newspaper published by far-right billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a chief financial supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Father and daughter echo the line of Likudnik Greater Israel ideology and anti-Muslim fanaticism, with Podhoretz urging the Western world to wage “World War IV”…
Other than rallying white western nations to wage ‘World War IV’ for Zionists, the diversity of causes taken up by this Gatestone think-tank is quite impressive; such as this January 2018 article by Alan Dershowitz published at Gatestone, then promoted by Nina in this tweet :
. @AlanDersh: Here’s the real reason why US President Donald #Trump commuted the unjust sentence imposed on a Chasidic Jew named Sholom Rubashkin: https://t.co/dzGwWfF5igpic.twitter.com/8Tq26QzF4J
— Nina Rosenwald (@ninarosenwald) January 3, 2018
The first sentence commutation Donald Trump issued in December 2017 was for the release of a Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic bank fraudster named Sholom Rubashkin. Released after only serving 8 years of a 27-year sentence, Nina and her friends were elated their clique had obtained this release from Donald Trump months before Bolton entered the White House. Shlomo was the CEO of Agriprocessors, a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa raided by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security for employing 389 undocumented illegals.
Shlomo had thousands in cash stashed at his house and was defrauding lenders for amounts over $20 million. Paul Nehlen, as usual, hit the nail on the head with this post requesting a 20-year sentence commutation for First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, convicted of murder for protecting the safety of his troops in Afghanistan in 2012
As one final example that Trump is operating primarily for the interests of hard-right Zionist organizations: On Friday, April 13th during the Syria missile strike, Trump chose to exercise his third pardon. NYT reported :
… the president granted a full pardon to I. Lewis Libby Jr., who was Mr. Cheney’s top adviser before he was convicted in 2007 of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with the disclosure of the identity of a C.I.A. officer, Valerie Plame. … “I don’t know Mr. Libby,” Mr. Trump said in a statement, “but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.”
PNAC war-hawk and Zionist Scooter Libby was rightfully disgraced in 2005. This corrupt pardon was clearly executed during the Syrian missile strike to distract from the toxic PR it deserves. Libby had actually endangered US intelligence assets overseas, willfully, seeking revenge for the criminal actions of his bosses Dick Cheney and George W. Bush. Even John Bolton was implicated with Libby in this intrigue. These crimes were exposed by Valerie’s journalist husband who told the truth about non-existent ‘aluminum centrifuge tubes’ supposedly to be used in an Iraqi nuclear program; lies being deliberately cooked up by the Bush White House to push for war. Libby then committed perjury to protect Cheney and Bush. Nina Rosenwald was Libby’s longtime champion for a pardon.
As Iraq War author Gary Vogler reports :
Scooter Libby was Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff in Washington. Libby had a secure communications link to Ahmed Chalabi in Baghdad during the summer of 2003. Libby was also linked to the nefarious [Jewish] oil trader Marc Rich [founder of Glencore]. That name might be familiar to you. Marc Rich was the person who President Clinton pardoned on his last day in office from crimes of income tax evasion of $100 million and trading with the enemy. Libby was Marc Rich’s lawyer for many years while Rich made $billions moving Iranian crude oil through a secret pipeline through Israel.
Bill Clinton served this particular clique as well, issuing his elite pardons with similar corruption; though kosher, just like Trump. I wonder where and by whom the Clinton’s could have been persuaded to pardon Marc Rich who worked closely with the Rothschild Bank in Switzerland?
FUN FACT: Evelyn de Rothschild and Lynn Forester de Rothschild honeymooned at the Clinton White House. Because nothing says “I rule America” like being able to use the Executive Mansion as your bridal suite. pic.twitter.com/XNLwOvHgq6
— James Perloff (@jamesperloff) February 10, 2018
Cheney was close with Rothschild connected Democrat James Woolsey. Both were in PNAC and Woolsey is also an ex-Chairman at Gatestone. Woolsey spoke bluntly at the 1994 Wye Plantation Policy Conference while serving as Bill Clinton’s CIA Director :
The Role of the Intelligence Community throughout the decades of American involvement in the Middle East, the intelligence community has been a silent partner with Israel …
In 1996 – the year Netanyahu first became Israeli Prime Minister in a Likud coalition – Douglas Feith of JINSA teamed up with fellow Zionist Richard Perle to produce an agenda for the incumbent Netanyahu entitled – A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm; the ‘realm’ in question being a robust one-state solution which would actively shed all willingness to consider an independent Palestinian State. One year later – clearly aligned with this study – came the Project for a New American Century think-tank (PNAC). Bolton and Cheney were core members.
“And we understand. And the American people are beginning to understand. This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while.” ~ President George W. Bush, five days after September 11th, 2001, on the White House lawn.
This PNAC neoconservative think-tank which dominated the Bush Administration was headed by Jewish Zionists Robert Kagan and Bill Kristol; the former married to Victoria ‘F-the-EU’Nuland, the latter admired – nay worshipped – by Israel-Firsters such as Ben Shapiro. Likewise, these now have gained dominance in the GOP, but they also hedge their bets with a presence on the left; gatekeepers such as ‘independent’ Senator Joe Lieberman (current JINSA board member), and other assorted Zionist Congress members.
The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Syria, are the legacy of this group who unfortunately hide behind Christian conservatives, corralling this voter demographic using predictable reactionary emotions triggered by the screeching neo-Marxist left led by Jewish Senators such as Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer. These Christian conservatives are preyed upon by the likes of Gatestone and the plethora of Jewish/Israel lobbies posing as friendly to what remains of Western Christendom.
WARNING: Beware of groups who concentrate solely on the threats posed by Islam, especially if they’re aligned with overt or shrouded Zionist fronts. These Zionist groups are far more dangerous to the safety and security of the western world
Due to the activist left of the Obama era, these neocons have also managed, ironically, to become entrenched within a similarly reactionary libertarian wing within the GOP; despite being war-hawks primarily serving hard-right Zionist aims. This has been achieved at the expense of real conservatism – America First conservatism – of the type advocated by Pat Buchannan. Populist Trumpism emerged from the hope Trump would be able to solidify what Buchannan could not
“They put the Jewish interest above America’s interest, and it’s about goddamn time that the Jew in America realizes he’s an American first and a Jew second.” ~ Richard Nixon tapes.
Where the destiny of populist Trumpism is concerned, this is a very dangerous turn of events, for Bolton is a carbon copy of Henry Kissinger who held the same office of National Security Advisor under Nixon. Kissinger was a Rockefeller hack, but Bolton, he takes orders from a strengthened right-wing Zionist movement far advanced from the Nixon era.
Since day one of his Presidency, deep-state stonewalling compounded by obstructionism – from both sides of politics on Capitol Hill – have left Trump floundering. Now, as if he were a grim psychopomp akin to Charon punting the river Styx, Bolton offers Trump the only lifeline he’ll ever be offered to navigate this swamp.
The Jewish family in the west which has supported Zionism more than any other is that of the super-elite Rothschild banking dynasties. These dynasties are still very prominent today. Hillary Clinton supporter Evelyn de Rothschild who represents one of two main British branches is an official personal financial advisor to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. Through nineteenth-century interfamilial marriage alliances predominantly between the Paris, Frankfurt and London branches, this family has maintained its wealth and placed itself at the heart of many Zionist projects.
Dorothy de Rothschild, wife of James Armand de Rothschild of the Paris branch, for instance, donated the iconic Israeli Supreme Court building in Jerusalem crowned by a Masonic pyramid with circular windows imitating the Eye of Providence. Likewise, when James Armand died in 1957, his will contained a gift to the State of Israel for a new government building to be known as the Knesset. Built adjacent to the Supreme Court building it was only fitting that the nation would name the street which passes by both the legislative and judicial branches, Rothschild Street.
In addition to any direct political agendas of right-wing Zionists highlighted in this article thus far, there’s also, seemingly, various opportunistic business concerns associated with Jewish Zionist interests looking to profit from the spoils of war. This is always the case when larger aligned power blocs are already committed for a bold move towards a known goal. Why only serve the purposes of your chosen political allies if you can also make a fortune along the way? Better still: Why not attempt to arrange events in the unfolding conflict such that you maximize profits for yourself and your preferred business partners?
This very same well known Rothschild family, curiously, happens to appear in two separate zones of influence which will – or could have – greatly benefited financially from a speedy 2011 ouster of the secular Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad; that is, before Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, stepped into the fray to protect Syria’s sovereignty. Due to there being many branches of the Rothschild family worldwide, for the purposes of this article, henceforth, it should be made clear I am referring solely to Lord Jacob Rothschild of RIT Capital Partners and his only son and heir Nathaniel Rothschild.
Together with Dick Cheney and James Woolsey (mentioned above in relation to JINSA and PNAC), Jacob Rothschild appears on the advisory board of the New Jersey oil concern Genie Energy which operates in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Jacob’s son Nathaniel, however, appears as a co-founder and prominent shareholder of the Iraqi Kurdistan oil and gas concern Genel Energy which operates in partnership with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
Both of these companies would have (and will?) profit substantially from an overthrow of the Assad regime and/or a balkanized Syria.
Genel Energy is an oil company with a registered office on the Isle of Jersey (for tax reduction/evasion purposes) and a field office in Turkey. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange with an HQ in London. The founding CEO and Chairman was Tony Hayward who was infamously the CEO of British Petroleum during the Deep Water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico – now the ex-CEO of BP, and Genel.
In September 2011 Hayward’s venture capital firm Vallares took part in a 50/50 merger with a Turkish company called Genel Enerji, forming the new entity. The who-is-who of this company is interesting, involving investments associated with large western banks such as Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Cazenove. The headliner is Nathaniel Rothschild. The Turkish partner in this concern is Mehmet Emin Karamehmet; the richest man in Turkey and one of very few mid-east non-Jews to be given an award by JINSA.
“Genel’s big backers are banking scion Nathaniel Rothschild and Turkish billionaire Mehmet Emin Karamehmet. The company’s CEO is Tony Hayward, the former head of BP , who also happens to be chairman of commodities giant Glencore PLC. Genel’s CFO [Julian Metherell] used to be the head of U.K. investment banking for Goldman Sachs. . . with pull like that, no wonder Genel has plunged into developing virgin oilfields in the region despite insistence from Iraq’s oil ministry in Baghdad that their contracts with the KRG are illegal.”
~ Christopher Helman, 2014, Forbes.
Nathaniel for a decade has made one bad deal after another, failing to live up to the eminence of his pedigree. A $200 million black hole which appeared in his Indonesian Bumi Plc investment greatly embarrassed the family. Doubling down, in 2016, he married Loretta, a ‘page three’ nude centerfold model for Rupert Murdoch’s UK tabloid The Sun. This is his second marriage to a model, the first marriage being wrecked in 1997. Lord Jacob was not invited to the second wedding so one can only guess how the relationship between father and sole heir is progressing. Nathaniel currently resides in Switzerland to avoid UK taxes.
Genel Energy is no exception to this story of woe which plagues Nathaniel. Genel, his main investment and its many misfortunes, have greatly impacted Nathaniel’s personal aspirations to build an independent fortune to his father regardless of his being the heir to this much larger inheritance. Central to Nathaniel’s bad investments has been his choice to go almost all-in on resource ventures – such as Glencore – right at the height of the resources boom. It’s been all downhill from there. Financial Times reported in June 2017 :
At its peak in 2014, Mr Rothschild’s [Genel] holding would have been worth more than £253m but on paper it is now worth less than £20m.
Over the past four years, the Genel stock price has shed 90% of its value, though it could revive some of its fortunes based on recent assessments of Kurdish gas reserves showing 40% more gas than expected. This may be too little too late, however, since the forecasted reserves for the flagship Taq Taq field have been revised down to 59m barrels from 683m barrels when first listed. As if this wasn’t dire enough, the Kurdistan Regional Government for long held off on $500 million of oil revenue payments to Genel in order to fund the fight against ISIS/Daesh; as of 2018 this seems to have been settled.
Due to these issues, Genel reported a loss of $1.25 billion in 2016 which followed a $1.16 billion loss in 2015. This isn’t good news for a company which since its inception was planning to expand to other geopolitical zones but, got bogged down, ending up with two gas fields and six oil production sharing contracts in Iraqi Kurdistan :
“Genel Energy, a group formed via a merger of Vallares and Turkey’s Genel Enerji, plans acquisitions in Northern Iraq and aims to expand in the Middle East and North Africa, according to reports quoting chief executive Tony Hayward. ”
~ Upstream online.
If Iraqi Kurdistan in particular was to become independent – as it desires – Genel could either be greatly advantaged due to better concessions deals with a smaller government entity, or destroyed due to Turkish backlash. Turkey could simply turn off the tap to a vital pipeline built by Iraq from Kirkuk through southern Turkey to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. Geography is vital to understanding oil and gas operations in Kurdish territories; they’re land-locked by nations which resent Kurdish separatism, causing huge problems for resource extraction ventures. This Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline which was opened in 2009 is the biggest risk for the Genel business model, as will be seen.
The 2011 timing of the creation of Genel signals a possible intrigue surrounding the outbreak of conflict in Syria. Rothschild and Hayward loaded up their Vallares investment vehicle in June 2011, raising $2.2 billion in London. This vehicle was then used to execute the 50/50 merger with the pre-existing Turkish concern Genel Enerji in possession of access and usage of the pivotal Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline in September. The new entity was valued at $4.2 billion. Curiously, the Syrian civil war fueled by NATO proxies (as per Wikileaks) had broken out in March of that same year. The oil and gas bearing lands of north-east Syria in Sunni/Kurd territory represent 95% of Syria’s oil and gas reserves.
Was this Turkish-Rothschild partnership expecting Syria’s Kurds to open the concessions floodgates upon a successful balkanization? Was it a ‘sure thing’ that Assad would be promptly overthrown and Syria chopped up in a literal fire sale?
Five years after its founding in February 2016, Hayward, now President, had to break some bad news to the Genel board. Reuters reported :
“the firm’s prized [Taq Taq] oil field was worth much less than they had thought.”
In fact, over the coming years, it would come to light that Genel’s Taq Taq reserves are actually 10% of that announced upon Genel’s birth. Curiously, in a May 2016 Reuters article we read :
“Up to and including the first half of 2015, there was no cause for concern – the Taq Taq reservoirs were performing in line with expectations,” Chief Executive Officer Murat Ozgul told Reuters. “Once we started to see the wells decline… we took appropriate steps.”
Some industry figures argue however that Genel might have been able to avoid the surprise if it had conducted reviews of its oil fields annually, as is standard in much of the industry, instead of allowing a four-and-a-half year gap between audits.
Is it possible that the initial audit was deliberately ‘optimistic’ in order to fuel investment into Genel, a startup counting on quick growth? If you’re going to raise capital in London and NYC to venture into a quagmire like Kurdish occupied territories, you would want to make damn sure your PR cannons are loaded ready to fire: A Rothschild; a rockstar ex-CEO of BP; the richest man in Turkey; access to a required pipeline to get around Baghdad; a chief financial officer who headed Goldman Sachs London IB ops; a flagship oil field to provide a stable return until expansion.
Was Genel hoping to grow so fast from an oil-minor into an oil-major with additional possessions in north-east Syria – maybe even Libya – making a later Taq Taq downgrade inconsequential? There’s also the small matter of the oil illegally pumped and shipped out of north-east Syrian fields during the civil war; the major source of funding for the anti-Assad insurgency. This oil is known to have transited the Turkish border into Ceyhan. A 2015 University of Greenwich study finds :
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began to take over oil fields in late spring 2014. Since then, ISIS has expanded its operations by creating a loosely integrated and thriving black economy, consisting of approximately sixty percent of Syria’s oil assets and seven oil producing assets in Iraq. … the commodity is first lightly refined on site and then a shadow supply-chain network takes over, to bring it to the market.
According to this study, this illegal oil was sold through the port of Ceyhan; the closest port with facilities and with an existing flow of oil to shroud the actual point-of-origin. But how would one ‘legally’ export this oil on paper? Would it not need to show up in the export figures of certain oil concerns which already ship through Ceyhan? Interesting questions indeed; Turkey has no oil of its own so all oil shipments through Ceyhan originate in Northern Iraq. Anyone buying and selling this cheap stolen oil for a profit was essentially funding a terrorist insurgency while banking some hefty blood-stained Benjamin Franklin’s.
The Kurdish forces in this vital part of Syria will become primary recipients of balkanization after terrorist proxies reduce the existing authority of Assad. The Kurds in Syria – including the PKK hated in Turkey – are known to work closely with the KRG in Iraq. On the surface it sounds ludicrous that any Kurdish aligned oil and gas company in their right mind would consider partnering with Turkey on a plan which could materialize the creation of a new Kurdish State in Iraq and/or Syria.
However, as explained in the previous article, it’s not hard to understand why Turkey would want Syria fractured in order to create – with Saudi partnership – the NATO pipeline corridor needed to tap the Gazprom Killer in Qatar. Turkey would never again have an energy diversification crisis and would also make mega bucks on massive GCC gas flows transiting its territory. Turkey could simply use a ‘stabilization’ mandate to occupy these Syrian lands in a condominium with the Saudi’s, after the fact, suppressing the Kurds further. Under this scenario the temporary usage of the Kurds becomes merely a fit-gap solution – a means to an end.
Israel is also no stranger to this zone: Netanyahu supports Kurdish aspirations for independence and in September 2017, during the recent non-binding referendum, he openly endorsed a sovereign Kurdish state, infuriating Erdoğan in Ankara and al-Abadi in Baghdad.
This endorsement is a sure sign Israel is strategically investing in this region where we find a rapacious Rothschild and a desperate Genel eyeing further asset acquisitions. Israel has long been playing a hand here, attempting to build an anti-Shiite ally on Iran’s border. This Israeli ally will also be poised to push back the al-Abadi Shiite regime ruling Iraq from Baghdad, probably taking the major oil assets of Mosul and Kirkuk in the event of a hot conflict; NATO in tow, executing and paying for most of the fighting, of course.
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Turkey also has interests in this area which transcend tensions they may have with the Kurds; Turkey has no oil or gas reserves and desperately needs to diversify away from Russian natural gas dependence. As reported by FT in June 2017 regarding Genel development of the prospective Miran and Bina Bawi gas fields :
“Turkey has a strategic interest in the project,” says Murat Ozgul, Genel’s chief executive. “They are looking to diversify their sources of gas and [northern Iraq] is the closest and cheapest option and, politically, it is the right one.”
It is hard to know what outcome Genel’s board desires regarding Kurdish independence knowing what the Turkish reaction would be, which is why the timing of the attempted coup against Erdoğan by the NATO/CIA aligned Hizmet Movement of Fethullah Gülen on July 15th, 2016, is suspicious. As Barçın Yinanç reported in a 2017 article entitled “Once against Kurdish initiative, Gülenists turned into sympathizers of Kurds”: Around about the year 2015, Fethullah Gülen began to change his tune on Kurdish reconciliation after he’d been initially against reconciliatory action, increasing tension with the leading Erdoğan AKP faction.
In light of this, another key question needs to be asked: Was the July 2016 Gülenist coup perhaps connected to Kurd oil and gas companies like Genel, whose Turkish owner is the richest man in Turkey?
If there were any substance to this suspicion, after the failed coup we would expect to see signs of realignment or damage control on the Turkish (Karamehmet) side of Genel’s boardroom. Coincidentally, this is exactly what can be observed. Around one year after the attempted coup and shortly before the next available Annual General Meeting, in June 2017, Rothschild including many of the clique surrounding him – Lockett, Hayward and Monaghan – resigned from their positions at Genel.
Although the company did not disclose the reason for the board exodus, simple dissatisfaction with the performance of the company couldn’t have been the only issue because Hayward’s replacement CEO, Murat Ozgul, serving since 2015, was retained by the majority of shareholders. Given the new political realities in Turkey, is it possible these non-Turkish directors and officers were resigning in advance to save face, rather than being inevitably ousted at the AGM by the Turkish cohort? Was this a boardroom coup triggered by a literal coup? It seems that other internal struggles over the prior year bubbled up at this shareholder AGM which was a standout, exhibiting irregular voting defections.
At the 2017 AGM: 30.51% voted against re-election of Turkish non-executive director Gulsun Nazli Karamehmet Williams – the daughter of Mehmet Emin Karamehmet and his longtime representative on the board; 30.51% voted against re-election of Turkish CEO Murat Ozgul; 30.69% voted against the 2016 director remuneration and the proposed remuneration policy; 51.61% voted against re-election of Umit Tolga Bilgin, a Turkish non-executive director appointed only months prior, forcing his ouster.
What do we see here? Based on the British exodus right before this meeting, it’s pretty clear which dissatisfied ~30% bloc of shareholders were staging a dummy-spit. Simply put: Less than one year after the attempted coup against Erdoğan, a rift between the London investors and the Turkish investors had materialized at the next available AGM. Regardless of protestations from London, the Turkish interests seem to have gained ascendancy in the company. In May 2016 right before the meeting we hear from Reuters :
Hayward owns just 0.5 percent of Genel, while Rothschild owns around 8 percent, making him the third largest investor after Turkish businessmen Tolga Bilgin and Mehmet Karamehmet.
As the owner of the Çukurova Holding conglomerate with interests in the largest telco in Turkey known as TurkCell, Karamehmet has much to lose if he were to oppose Erdoğan, who has strengthened his control immensely in Turkey after completely subduing the Gülenists. Karamehmet is no stranger to being strong-armed by Erdoğan, prior to the 2016 coup.
Çukurova Holdings had previously owned BMC (a motor company) and TurkMedya (a media conglomerate), but was forced to sell these assets to the state (TMSF) in 2013 as part of a government tax debt settlement. Reporters Without Borders reports :
Another example [of state-sponsored media shake-downs] is the case of Ethem Sancak … He famously said he’s “in love” with Erdoğan and would sacrifice his family for him, and has admitted to having entered media to support him. … In 2013, Sancak bought the newspapers Güneş and Akşam as well as Sky360 TV, along with two radio channels and various magazines from the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF), which had seized them from Çukurova Group. In leaked phone conversations attributed to Sancak, he can be heard complaining that he had to acquire these bankrupt media outlets.
Poor Sancak! The price of love! He shouldn’t complain too much though, he hadn’t paid the $62 million for the media assets as of 2015; after all, it’s just the TMSF, serving Erdoğan. This tax settlement technique seems to follow a pattern of strong-arm tactics used to wrest control of all disobedient media in Turkey. This same tactic was repeated in March 2018 in order to hustle away ownership of the Dogan Media Company into the TMSF, to be sold off to Erdoğan friendly owners. NYT reports :
In 2009, the company [Dogan] was fined $2.5 billion for unpaid taxes, a decision widely seen as an attempt by the Turkish government to punish it for its criticism of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then the prime minister and now the president.
What was Karamehmet doing before 2013 to attract the ire of Erdoğan? Was he openly supporting the Gülenist Movement perhaps? I think not. Karamehmet is a well-known secularist so it is unlikely he was overtly supporting the highly religious Gülenists looking to install an Islamic system of Sharia in Turkey. Karamehmet is ideologically opposed to this, though he could have been a clandestine supporter of installing any regime more closely aligned with NATO aims and willing to appease Kurdish reconciliation; such as a Gülen inclusive coalition promised by certain NATO aligned backers of Gülen. Months prior to the attempted coup, in March 2016, the pro-Erdoğan Daily Sabah reported :
The Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office decided to detain 44 suspected Gülen Movement-affiliated police officers accused of orchestrating illegal wiretaps of 59 people via terrorist organizations with fabricated documents.
The 45th suspect is the Gülen Movement’s U.S.-based, self-exiled, controversial imam, Fethullah Gülen. Many well-known figures, including businessmen such as Ferit Şahenk, Ali Koç and Mehmet Emin Karamehmet, are among the victims.
If Karamehmet did indeed have designs on regime change, Erdoğan may have offered him a lifeline, including him in the list of wiretap victims. Karamehmet definitely had motive to support the coup after losing his media holdings to a paranoid Erdoğan in 2013. By now, however, in 2018, he would well and truly know his place in Erdoğan’s virtual dictatorship. His daughter would definitely be singing sonnets for Erdoğan within the Genel boardroom. In November 2016, Turkish Minute reported :
Many of the country’s richest men, not knowing whose assets may be targeted next, are either hunkering down, traveling abroad or going out of their way to show loyalty, said the [Bloomberg] article, adding:
“Aydin Dogan, a secularist billionaire, has already tamed the coverage at his vast media holdings … The wireless giant founded by communications tycoon Mehmet Emin Karamehmet, Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS, was once a cultural icon for westernized youth for its wildly popular “Free Girl” ad campaign that cheered individualism. Now he’s promoting Islamic education by funding students involved with the Ensar Foundation.
This is quite the reversal for Karamehmet. Because of the increasing influence of the Gülenists and their use of the more religious elements of Turkish society, Erdoğan has been forced to also increase his religious rhetoric to compete for the loyalty of these segments. This explains Karamehmet now supporting the pro-government Ensar, including why the Turkish half of the Genel boardroom seems to have popped the ideological bubble of London investors like Rothschild. Likewise, Tolga Bilgin – the second largest investor in Genel – is a major player in the Turkish renewable energy sector, so he’d also be singing a love song to Erdoğan; though not from the board of Genel due to his ouster.
Tony Hayward, the initial CEO of Genel and later the Chairman, is also the Chairman of Glencore, mentioned earlier. The Anglo-Swiss Glencore is one of the world’s foremost commodities trading and mining giants with an HQ in Switzerland and a registered office on the Isle of Jersey (for tax reduction/evasion purposes). As of 2015, Glencore ranked tenth in the Fortune Global 500 list of the world’s largest companies. Its primary listing was in 2011, in London, a process in which Nathaniel Rothschild was a keen investor. The CEO is Ivan Glasenberg; a Jew from South Africa. The company was founded as Marc Rich & Co., named after the infamous Jewish super criminal pardoned by Bill Clinton.
Glencore is highly relevant, thus an extended excerpt from seasoned economist R. T. Naylor’s Hot Money And The Politics Of Debt is in order :
After the oil price hike of 1973, [caused by the Yom Kippur War] a window of opportunity opened. Firms could sell oil from old wells, which had been profitable at pre-1973 prices. To prevent such sales, the US government set price ceilings on old oil. But according to charges filed by the US government against Marc Rich & Co., the company acquired oil from old price controlled wells, passed it through a daisy chain of intermediate ‘sales’ to hide its origin, and then resurfaced it falsely labelled as new oil, which could then be sold at world market price. During the Iranian hostage crisis and the American embargo on trading with Iran, Marc Rich purchased Iranian oil, passed it through subsidiaries marketing Nigerian, Algerian and Peruvian oil, and sold it to desperate American refiners for several dollars per barrel above the already skyrocketing spot price. Part of the payment for the Iranian oil was allegedly made in arms.
The alleged ‘fraud’ label posed an additional problem. In order to funnel the profits into its Swiss headquarters, Marc Rich reportedly would buy tanker loads of crude oil from its own Swiss parent and resell them at a much lower price to the American affiliate, ‘losing’ tens of millions of dollars on the deals. According to the US government, the result was the largest American tax fraud to date.
As the American government leveled charges against it, Marc Rich & Co., tried to delay a grand jury investigation long enough to liquidate American assets, to prevent their seizure by the American government. Before the US authorities froze liquidations, many millions were funneled out via the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. Yet another defensive action involved securing a loan from the Rothschild’s Bank in Zurich. The loan was collateralized by a mortgage on a company tanker, the lien preventing the US from seizing the tanker in partial compensation for the tax arrears.
Marc Rich was known to work with (for?) the Rothschild’s in Zurich. This particular branch of the Rothschild banking web was operated jointly by the French and British branches of the family. Not only was it wracked by scandal, coming under investigation by Swiss magistrates for serious irregularities, but it has also been connected to the flagship Quantum Fund NV of George Soros; domiciled in the Netherlands Antilles. A one page Larouche EIR publication from 1993 summarizes these revelations rather well, though for the sake of brevity we must move on.
After selling his company in 1994 to Glencore International, the new company was to remain private up until 2013. While private the owners of Glencore were very mysterious indeed, hidden behind walls of secrecy. When it comes to Genel however, Hayward only owns 0.5% of Genel stock but since its inception until his resignation he retained key positions. Nathaniel Rothschild seems to have been joined at the hip with this man. Is Tony Hayward actually just another Rothschild dynasty retainer and does the Rothschild dynasty control Glencore?
The following Reuters report from November 2016 right before the 2017 boardroom beat-up seems to stand out :
Glencore is seeking to raise $550 million from investors via a debt issue guaranteed by oil from Iraqi Kurdistan in an attempt to secure a big slice of the high-risk – and high-reward – market in a region at war with Islamic State. … It says Glencore expects to enter into a new 5-year agreement with the government of Kurdistan to buy its crude … Six cargoes a month would represent a quarter of overall exports from Kurdistan and would be worth over $1.7 billion a year at today’s price of around $40 per barrel for Kurdish oil, and more than $8 billion over the course of five years. … Glencore’s planned five-year note would carry an interest rate of 12 percent … “You can argue that in a way it is not Glencore but Kurdistan who is paying that interest rate as it is the ultimate borrower,” said one industry source close to the deal.
A few months after the boardroom brawl, in September 2017, the KRG finally held a referendum on independence which inflamed Baghdad and Ankara, eliciting a stern response from Erdoğan who threatened – among other things – to turn off the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, starving the KRG and thus Genel. Baghdad also sent a contingent of troops into south-east Turkey to take part in joint military drills on a border which is quickly becoming a major flashpoint. As this pipeline was not turned off it becomes clear that Karamehmet is now wielding Genel as a weapon for Erdoğan; meaning Genel may still profit in north-east Syrian assets if Erdoğan were to enact an occupation.
In October 2017 after the KRG independence referendum, Baghdad with the help of Iranian militias recaptured the massive oilfields in Kirkuk which had been occupied by the Kurds in 2014 – who were pumping it illegally, of course. Bloomberg reported that the KRG had taken on a total of $3.5 billion in loans (!) from a number of companies: Independent traders Glencore, Vitol, Trafigura and Petraco; but also, notably, the trading arm of Rosneft – that pesky Putin has moved in. Pumping was only at 225k barrels per day, far lower than usual. People were panicking. The Bloomberg report ended as follows :
The turmoil could extend beyond the traders as they turned to banks and other investors to share the risk. Glencore, for example, raised about $500 million through a 5-year note that paid a 12 percent coupon to underpin its loan to the Kurdistan government, according to people familiar with the matter.
These western loan sharks had banked on the massive Kirkuk and Mosul oil fields becoming theirs to keep! Kirkuk or Mosul make Taq Taq look like a puddle. These fields have traditionally been part of Baghdad controlled northern Iraq, though due to the confusion unleashed by ISIS, the Kurds had swept down to risk what became an attempted annexation of Kirkuk; Mosul still being occupied by ISIS and no doubt pumping that field into the independent pipelines also. If allowed, this would have effectively tripled the power of the KRG and made them masters of all of northern Iraq. This seems to have been the reason they held a referendum on independence at this time.
As of 2018, Baghdad-KRG tensions over oil exports and tax revenues have started up again with a legal case beginning this May. Baghdad, being back in control of Kirkuk and Mosul, has the win thanks to Iran. Pivotally, both Baghdad and the KRG now seem to agree that Russia’s Rosneft is welcome in the region (!) for further $billion investment and development deals; despite western sanctions on Moscow. This bodes ill for Glencore and its bankers. in March 2018 Reuters reported :
The Russian oil major [Rosneft] took over ownership of the region’s oil and gas pipelines last year and agreed to provide it [KRG] with over $2 billion in loans, but the deal is not recognized by Baghdad, which says independent Kurdish oil exports are illegal. …Iraq’s oil minister has said Baghdad has no problem with Rosneft operating in the Kurdistan region.
It would seem Russia is now stepping right into the heart of Rothschild’s coveted territory, no doubt attempting to confront the new Erdoğan-aligned Genel, to reach a compromise on the energy diversification plans of Turkey. As usual, Putin is also keeping Baghdad on tenterhooks to get a better deal when he acts as a peacemaker between the KRG and Baghdad; yet another upcoming foreign policy coup for Putin.
Due to these oil producers having taken on epic amounts of debt to absorb the cost of the anti-ISIS campaign and the constant pipeline problems, Rosneft is now strolling right in with billions in dollar reserves the Russian Federation needs to dump, gaining the upper hand with these corporations and their KRG corporate prison wardens. These power plays are highly complex to understand but they all start to make more sense upon a detailed inspection of this multipolar tug-a-war. It’s the Oil & Gas Olympics and Russia is about to sweep all the gold medals.
NATO seems to have critically wounded whatever plans they initially had to somewhat smoothly slot Turkey into their larger Gazprom Killer pipeline stratagem using Gülen. Erdoğan now wants Fethullah Gülen extradited from the US to Turkey; probably a major condition for future cooperation with NATO. To this day, the US has refused to extradite. Will Trump throw this CIA asset – who knows too much – to the wolves, or will Gülen perhaps have an ‘accident’?
Moving forward, if we forget Rosneft for the time being, these long feared pipeline problems would forever be rectified for Genel if the Assad regime were to fall and a Sunni aligned regime was to rise in Damascus. A pipeline could, theoretically, transit Syria in the north along further Kurdish territory to meet the Mediterranean; however, Karamehmet, Rothschild, and Erdoğan would quickly kiss and makeup if such a blessing was bestowed upon them. This would remove the need for such a pipeline in northern Syria. Rosneft would of course have to be forcefully removed from KRG territory by NATO, forcing a conflict with Moscow, Baghdad and probably Tehran; the Zionists would lick their lips and waive their Talmud’s.
Such a passionate Erdoğan-Karamehmet-Rothschild reunion aside, Genel and its partners such as Glencore – under an Israel aligned Rothschild masterplan – would have initially desired something else on their shopping list entirely: Upon expansion into Syria, Genel could construct a new pipeline to run south-west through southern Syria directly into the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Such a plan would directly connect newfound and strengthened Kurdish allies to Dear Mother, Israel. Nathaniel and Jacob Rothschild would be heralded as virtual warriors for the cause of Greater Israel.
This same function was previously filled by the Mosul-Haifa oil pipeline which connected the huge oil fields near Kirkuk to the Haifa oil refineries. This pipeline was decommissioned in 1948 when the Iraqi government refused to continue pumping during the first Arab-Israeli War. It was never again to be used. This older pipeline had become operational in 1935, transiting lands under British mandate from the Iraqi Hashemite puppet kingdom down through the irregular-looking strip of land in eastern Jordan.
Passing through Jordan which was one with Israel in those days (British Mandatory Palestine), this pipeline ended in northern coastal Palestine, at the port of Haifa where large oil refineries are located. This irregular-looking, jutting, eastern border for Jordan, was arranged during the secretive 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement between Britain and France. Jordan’s borders were drawn this way specifically so such a pipeline could be laid down. After WWI while Great Britain was the big dog in this sandpit, the oilfields of Mosul and Kirkuk were a major inducement; as they still are today for Israel and some of its allied London based corporations like Genel.
Some historians convincingly argue (above) that aggression towards the Ottoman Empire by the British Empire, during WWI, was precipitated specifically to rob Turkey of Palestine and these Iraqi oil fields. Why? To secure an accessible oil flow for Europe on the Med – with French partnership – bypassing the Suez which the British Empire knew was too vulnerable a choke point to rely on so heavily. There’s a great irony in this because essentially this same century-old border agreement is plaguing the vital NATO-aligned Turkey-Saudi Gazprom Killer pipeline system. We reap what we sow?
Israel has always suffered from bad petroleum security due mostly to suppliers being Muslim nations who can refuse supply in regional confrontations between Islam and Israel; as happened in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War. A substantial oil supplier aligned with elite Zionist Rothschild’s would be very useful for Israel’s national security. In fact, shipments of oil from the KRG through to Ceyhan – which Baghdad had declared illegal – have been sent to Israeli refineries because no other country would accept the disputed loads. Reuters reported in 2015 :
Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan has for the first time detailed its secretive oil exports operations and said it plans to sell more, whether Baghdad likes it or not, as it needs money to survive and fight Islamic State.
The region’s minister for natural resources, Ashti Hawrami, said that to avoid detection oil was often funneled through Israel, transferred directly between ships off the coast of Malta, and decoy ships used to make it harder for Baghdad to track.
In the very north-east of Israel at the base of Mt Hermon, lies a seemingly insignificant but very beautiful patch of land only 460 square miles in area known as the Golan Heights. This area was captured by the Zionists from Syria in June 1967 during the Six-Day War; a war in which the Old City of Jerusalem was also captured. Both prizes were never given back to the original owners.
In 1981 the military law over this area – under which an influx of Jewish settlers had rolled in – was removed and the Golan Heights Law was passed in the Knesset, officially annexing this war prize and extending to it the full force of Israeli Law. This event occurred in the same year as an accidental find by the Israeli Water Company (Mekorot) of ‘dirty water’ in the Southern Golan settlement of Ein Sid. The dirty water turned out to be indicative of the presence of oil. In the same year, the government swept into gear, obviously solidifying a policy where occupied Golan would never be returned to Syria. It was annexed.
Long before this oil was discovered, the Golan Heights was considered of immense military and strategic value for Israel. Although they officially deem this territory to be a part of the nation, to this day the international community, by UN resolution – including the United States – considers this to be an illegal occupation. Thus, the exploitation of the water, oil, or natural gas resources in this area is also illegal. The importance of this area for water security is critical for a nation which is quickly draining the fresh water from the Sea of Galilee; also known as Lake Tiberius or Lake Kinneret; a lake filled by springs recharged from the snowfall on Mt Hermon.
Regardless of these illegalities, shaft-sinking permits were granted in the early 1990’s by the Israel National Oil Company (INOC). Early estimates indicated only two million barrels of oil; no big deal. Within a few years, the permits were suspended during peace negotiations. Then, in 1996, Netanyahu first came to power under Likud with the JINSA Clean Break agenda of Douglas Feith hot in hand (as explained previously). Netanyahu granted preliminary approval for INOC to proceed with oil exploration drilling.
In 1997 INOC then underwent a process of privatization. Drilling permits were retained by the state. In 2012, however, Golan exploratory drilling for oil and gas was once again opened up after Netanyahu had been in power for three years. In February 2013 it came to light that a strange bidding process had seen a 36-month exploratory oil drilling license awarded to a company named Afek Oil. This license covered over half the area of the Golan Heights. Headed by Effie Eitam – a resident of the Golan Heights moshav of Nov – Afek Oil started out with great ambitions. As the Afek Oil website states :
Thirty years after that “failed” water drilling attempt [in1981], our experts performed a new analysis of the data gathered during the process of the original water drilling. The evidence found in the subsoil samples taken during that drilling reinforced the evaluation that hidden on the Golan was one of the largest natural oil reserves in the Middle East.
This statement should be taken with a pinch of salt. Not only is it good for investment that Afek reinforces such hyperbole, but it provides political fuel for the Likud – of which Eitam is a hard-right religious member – to hold strong on a ‘no return’ policy for the disputed Golan region citing national energy security. In reality, this oil deposit is ‘in the rock’, not liquid in a reservoir; it is a relatively high-cost shale, though looks to be an especially deep deposit. As a long-term, known, strategic reserve, as shale technology progresses, it has much value for Israel.
While oil and gas finds native to Israel might provide some energy security, analysts tend to fixate on these resources more than the geostrategic value of the land itself. The true reason the Golan is cherished by Israel is due, primarily, to its being the doorway for the vital pipeline corridor mentioned above. Such a corridor could bring not only oil and gas from the Kurdistan and north-east Syria region, but water from reservoirs on the Euphrates to recharge the Sea of Galilee.
Israel does not want to access these resources by transiting Jordan or Shiite parts of Iraq; players which would create too many problems for Israel at this point in time. Syria is fragile; it is tasty, low hanging fruit, but it is also, correctly, northwards. Developing very close alliances with the Kurds in northern Iraq and Syria – offering to help make them independent – will reap rewards for Israel unimaginable in its current position locked up within a very small, dry, marginal nation-state.
Such an empowered Kurdish state under Israeli influence – which would be almost complete once initiated – would create devastating leverage against Ankara, Damascus, Baghdad, and Tehran. By stretching its influence to the Euphrates, the Greater Israel agenda can be realized using the aspirations of the Kurdish peoples as a Trojan horse. Golan is a Zionist gateway to unleash what many religious Jews, like Eitam, believe is an ethnic Promise wrapped in religious Providence. This Imperial attitude is hidden well as a ‘national security’ argument; as can be seen from this 2008 Ynet News report from when Eitam was in the Knesset and Netanyahu was still steaming as opposition leader :
MK Eitam added during the meeting that as many people as possible should visit the Golan. He warned against manipulations aimed at changing the public opinion, which he said opposed a withdrawal from the Golan.
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) joined the meeting in the middle, saying that “when one sticks a hoe in the Golan land, what does one discover? Syrian antiques? One discovers synagogues and other antiques belonging to the Jewish people.”
Netanyahu went on to say that “the late Rabin said in 1992 that whoever withdraws from the Golan Heights would be endangering Israel’s security. This statement was true then, it is true today, and it will be true tomorrow as well.”
Minister Eitan said that three of his granddaughters live in the Golan, adding that “the security argument is a first-class argument. Iran is joining the Shiites and Hamas, sooner or later it will come, and then what will we say? That the Syrians are on Lake Kinneret? For me, giving away a part of the Golan Heights is like giving away a part of Tel Aviv.”
“Giving away Tel Aviv” will be the same cry given for any inch of land Israel is allowed to take: Even if it is Lake Assad on the Euphrates!
As The Intercept reported in January 2018 :
Israel is expanding its influence and control deeper into opposition-held southern Syria, according to multiple sources in the area. After failed attempts to ensure its interests were safeguarded by the major players in the war next door, Israel is pushing to implement the second phase of its “safe-zone” project — an attempt to expand a buffer ranging out from the occupied Golan Heights deeper into the southern Syrian provinces of Quneitra and Daraa. The safe zone expansion marks a move toward deeper Israeli involvement in Syria’s civil war.
This extended ‘buffer zone’ is part of a plan for a three-phase repulsion of Assad – to lock him up in Damascus – and the beginning of a ‘Free Syrian Army’ puppet state which Israel and NATO will enforce once Assad is left with no option but to actively engage Israel over this encroachment. Then NATO will act. This is the first stage of the necessary pipeline corridor towards the Euphrates and Kurdistan.
Note the small holdout of ISIS/Al-Nusra/Al-Qaida fighters in the very south-west corner of Syria. This is in the Daraa countryside, protected up against the Israel/Golan Heights border. This is no coincidence; they are being supported by Israel, as are the ‘rebels’. Haaretz reported on February 21st, 2018 :
With the Assad regime’s advances the civil war and America’s reduced involvement in the region, Israel has been forced to make significant changes in its policies in the Golan Heights
Afek Oil is a subsidiary of Genie Energy; an energy company spun off from IDT Corp on October 31st, 2011. How ominous the Genie was created on Halloween, and, it’s full of ghouls. The advisory board reads like a who-is-who of the hard-right Zionist oranizations mentioned in the article thus far. You might recognize some names: Lord Jacob Rothschild; Dick Cheney; James Woolsey; Rupert Murdoch; Larry Summers; Michael Steinhardt; ex-Senator from Louisiana Mary Landrieu (who sponsored the passed 2014 US-Israel Energy Cooperation Enhancement Bill paving the way for the Golan annexation to be formalized). As can be gleaned from these names, just like Genel Energy, this is no ordinary energy company.
Even more scintillating are the connections between the Rothschild Genie and the Trump White House. Ira Greenstein of the Trump Administration, just happened to be the President of Genie Energy from December 2011 until May 2017; meaning he stepped down after the April 2017 Trump missile strike on Syria, though he claims he stepped down in January; such SEC filings do not exist and Genie has not appointed a replacement President.
Greenstein, together with another lawyer Martin Silverstein, and lawyer Anthony Scaramucci, worked with ex-Congressman John Sweeney to hunt down and interview applicants for the administration; ranking them on a scale of 1-to-5 for suitability. These four men nicknamed the “Tiger Team” built the Trump White House. Greenstein was also one of Trump’s earliest donors in 2015 and currently works in the Office of the Chief of Staff – subordinate to John Kelly – as Deputy Assistant to the President and Strategist. Regarding Greenstein and the Kushner family of New Jersey, Politico reported in June 2017 :
Charlie Kushner [Jared’s criminal father] might be keeping the Trump administration at arm’s length, but he has some old pals working in government under his son with whom he also stays in touch. One example: Ira Greenstein, a former Newark-based executive and longtime Kushner family friend, who quit his job as chairman of IDT Corp. and now works out of the Old Executive Office Building on Kushner’s team as a lawyer …
Genie Energy and its parent company IDT Corp – an American-Jewish telecom company – were founded by Howard Jonas; a Zionist Jew from Newark, New Jersey, where the HQ of both companies are situated. Jonas funds a range of Orthodox and other assorted Jewish causes across the Zionist spectrum, as well as having secured major investments in Israel. Apparently, 25 to 40 percent of IDT Corp’s employees are Orthodox Jews. Jonas is a top Netanyahu donor. In mid-2017, under the Trump FCC, Jonas was able to close a communications deal worth billions. Fox Business reports :
It is a big premium [$3.1 billion] for an obscure company called Straight Path Communications Inc. that has just nine employees and has yet to build out a network. And it is another windfall for Mr. Jonas, who made a splash in 2000 by selling a stake in internet-calling company Net2Phone for more than $1.1 billion in cash to AT&T.
If Jonas happens to be one of the big men behind the throne, with Trump in charge of the FCC for four years, the two manic bidders – AT&T and Verizon – might have aggressively competed for this wonderful product for some strange reason, which, I’m, completely, utterly, missing; Barron’s felt the same. Hey, maybe those nine employees were veritable Zuckerberg’s? To get a feeling of this billionaire, one of Jonas’ very close associates, Michael Glassner, explains the effect Jonas had on his life in a 2016 piece for the Jewish Journal :
Upon moving to New Jersey in the late nineties, Glassner served as a senior advisor to Lewis Eisenberg, the then-Chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and a prominent Republican Jewish leader. He worked out of the Port Authority’s World Trade Center office [in the Twin Towers] but left just before 9/11 to join IDT Corp in Newark. Glassner credits his former boss, IDT founder Howard Jonas, whom he referred to as “a strong Zionist and an AIPAC guy,” with encouraging him to become more active in pro-Israel politics. … Glassner would take time off to … [campaign for] … George W. Bush’s general election campaign in Iowa, fundraising for Bush’s ’04 re-election effort … “My interest in pro-Israel politics had grown exponentially,” Glassner recalled. “Particularly since 9-11, which represented a real credible threat to all Americans and in particular as a Jew, I felt very strongly about the threat of radical Islam and so I became more and more involved with AIPAC.”
Michael Glassner went on to serve as the national political director and deputy campaign manager for the 2016 Donald Trump For President campaign. Glassner is also credited for easing the January 2016 endorsement of Donald Trump by Sarah Palin during the GOP primaries; a woman Glassner had previously campaigned for. In January 2017, it was announced that Glassner is the chief strategist for Trump’s re-election bid in 2020; to be in charge of a small staff working out of Trump Tower.
Glassner’s boss Jonas is also a major funder of the Central Fund of Israel (CFI), which supports yeshiva leaders who advocate the killing of gentile babies because of “the future danger that will arise if they are allowed to grow into evil people like their parents.” This fund is also a supporter of illegal settlements in occupied territories. Nina Rosenwald, our billionaire Zionist friend mentioned above who founded and runs the Gatestone Institute inhabited by John Bolton and James Woolsey, is also a heavy funder of the CFI.
The primary function of CFI seems to be a vehicle for channeling donations from illegal West Bank settlements over to a Manhattan textiles office run by the Jewish Marcus Brothers, then surreptitiously back to the settlement donors in order to generate tax deductions via a loophole. This provides a monetary incentive for illegal settlement Jews in occupied areas to remain entrenched while the Likud turn a blind eye to what is essentially at this stage a government subsidy. According to Arthur Marcus who is vehemently against a two-state solution :
“Any Palestinian state is going to be a mortal threat to the state of Israel.”
Upon entry into the White House, Trump brought along his longtime friend Wilbur Ross, another businessman from New Jersey; born and bred. In the 1970’s, Ross began his career at the New York City offices of N M Rothschild & Sons, where he started off running the bankruptcy-restructuring advisory practice. By the 1980s he had become the senior managing director of Rothschild Inc. At this same time, Donald Trump was in severe financial trouble, having overextended himself on three Atlantic City casinos. Forbes reports :
In stepped Ross, then head of Rothschild Inc’s bankruptcy advising team, to represent bondholders, who were pondering forcing the casino into involuntary bankruptcy and ousting Trump. Ross reportedly saw crowds pressed against Trump’s limo windows to get a peek at the mogul, and realized the value of Trump’s celebrity.
Ross, along with another Jewish billionaire, Carl Icahn, charged in to restructure bondholder debts, allowing Trump to keep control of the businesses without declaring bankruptcy. For this service, Ross, now a billionaire, was appointed Secretary of Commerce; one of three important business and finance-related positions in the White House. The second important position is the Secretary of the Treasury, currently held by Jewish billionaire Steve Mnuchin. The third such position was the Director of the National Economic Council, filled initially by Jewish billionaire Gary Cohn; Co-CEO of Goldman Sachs.