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Minister: PA may drill for oil in West Bank
Published Friday 20/04/2012 (updated) 24/04/2012 13:04
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A team of experts is researching the possibility of drilling for oil in the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority minister of state said Friday.

Mahir Ghneim told Ma'an that international and local experts started research months ago in Ramallah and southern Hebron and found an oil field in the village of Rantis, west of Ramallah.

"We are waiting for what the experts will say about that oil field before we prepare for possible drilling in future," Ghneim said.

The Palestinian Authority hopes a database compiled by the researchers will help its efforts to claim natural resources including petroleum, water and stone in areas of the occupied West Bank under Israeli control, Ghneim said.

When the West Bank was under Jordanian control, drilling took place in Bir Zeit, near Ramallah, and in as-Samu, south of Hebron. The results were not encouraging because of the low price of oil at the time, but extracting oil is easier now, the minister said.

A committee is also investigating an oil and natural gas field discovered in 2008 between Qalqiliya and Latrun which Israel is keeping quiet about, the minister said.

"Israel is not revealing information about that oil and natural gas field Meged 5 which was discovered in 2008, but we appointed a committee of experts to explore and investigate that field located between Qalqiliya and Latrun."
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1 ) Mr.Duck / PS
20/04/2012 17:22
Israeli thieves will take it, just as they took the water and other things

2 ) Jaffa / Palestine
20/04/2012 18:43
If there is petroleum under palestinian land and PA make it public it would be the last excuse for Israel to stay in West Bank FOREVER!!!!
Do you think Israel would allowed PA to drill for oil? Israel will confiscate the land before PA say the word: O I L

3 ) Stupidity / Idiots
20/04/2012 18:51
UNTIL THERE IS A PEACE/STATEHOOD AGREEMENT,
If we find oil in Area C, it will belong to the Israelis !!

4 ) Mitri Mulseh / Canada
20/04/2012 19:59
The sooner the Palestinians get to finding oil in their land, the farther will get from achieving a Palestinian state.

5 ) some one / some where
20/04/2012 20:20
#2 first of all Jaffa is not in palestine and is is Israel go educated yourself before talking nonesence second making it public or private in some 60 year while they build a state you fight each other hamas plo populatr resistance liberation of palestine and take the money US and EUROP give for people arafat wife get $2000000 a year and leave in paris while you starving go educate yourself

6 ) Hilde / Palestine
20/04/2012 23:14
Funny how you ask people to go educate themselves #5, seeing as you can't even express yourself properly in writing. Finished secondary school yet, have we?

7 ) ashraf / gaza
20/04/2012 23:19
PA discover oil and israel is sleeping . how come ? pa cant have control on water . will drill for oil? abbas travel with israel approval !!!! oil what oh my lover you come to say about > say thanks to allah that israel let us breath

8 ) what?! LOLZ / US Jew and proud!
20/04/2012 23:36
do u even know what's all about area c or u r just stupid? since when area c = isr property? LOLZ

9 ) ehem / US
20/04/2012 23:38
#5 who said here anything about Jaffa??!!!

10 ) southparkbear / usa
22/04/2012 17:52
well if palestinians discover anything the wall may need to be rellocated hehehe

11 ) @ Jaffa #2 / USA
23/04/2012 20:39
As Someone #5 says, "Jaffa is NOT in Palestine" NOW,
NOR was it ever (since Palestine never existed as a real state),
NOR will it ever be in Palestine, and it is such fantasies* like yours,
that are and remain an "excuse for Israel to stay in West Bank" !!!!

* FANTASIES:
-----------------
Realizing ALL of 1948 borders,
Realizing even 1949 Armistice lines (1967 borders),
Realizing an E. Jerusalem capital, or
Realizing refugee return.
THESE WILL REMAIN FANTASIES FOREVER !!!

12 ) how nice / US Jew and proud!
24/04/2012 00:16
#10 how nice that you admit stealing the land ;D

13 ) @ ehem #9 / USA
24/04/2012 16:41
The authors of comment #5 and comment #11 are reality based, but
the author of comment #2 is delusional to write he's from "Jaffa/Palestine".

14 ) Tony B? / ME
26/04/2012 10:57
So, what if the PA did drill oil? We all know the money would go straight into their Swiss accounts, so you might as well save the effort!!!
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