Israel's Stake in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline
The Anglo-US Military alliance seeks to establish control over Central Asian
oil and gas reserves as well as strategic pipeline routes. The most important
strategic corridor is the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil and gas pipelines dominated
by British Petroleum (BP). This corridor not only integrates the Caspian Sea
to the Eastern Mediterranean, it is also slated to channel Central Asian oil
and gas to a strategic pipeline corridor controlled by Israel.
Israel has become a potential partner in the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline, which
is protected by GUAM, a US-NATO sponsored military alliance between Georgia,
Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Moldava. What is envisaged is to link the
BTC pipeline to the Trans-Israel
Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline, also known as Israel's Tipline, through a system
of underwater pipelines, from Ceyhan to the Israeli port of Askshelon.
While the BTC pipeline is invariably described as a means of bypassing Russia
and channelling Central Asian oil and gas to Western markets, part of this oil
and gas is intended for re-export to the Asian market through the Red Sea port
of Eilat. By linking the BTC to Israel's pipeline system, Israel is slated to
become a major player in the global energy market, in alliance with the Anglo-American
Diverting Central Asian oil and gas to the Eastern Mediterranean (under Israeli
military protection), for rexport to Asia, serves to undermine the inter-Asian
energy market, which is based on the development of direct pipeline corridors
linking Central Asia and Russia to South Asia, China and the Far East.
For details on th Campaign against the pipeline see http://www.bakuceyhan.org.uk/more_info/bp_pipeline.htm
In April, Israel and Turkey announced plans for four underwater pipelines.
Also involved in this project is a pipeline to bring water to Israel. 'Turkey
and Israel are negotiating the construction of a multi-million-dollar energy
and water project that will transport water, electricity, natural gas and oil
by pipelines to Israel, with the oil to be sent onward from Israel to the Far
East, Antalya Mayor Menderes Turel":.
"We are talking about a global energy project, which would be a very
important engine of peace in the region," Turel said in an interview
with The Jerusalem Post.
Turel, who was here to take part in an International Conference of Mayors
held in Jerusalem, said that the grandiose project had received tentative
approval from both Turkey and Israel and would greatly enhance an abrogated
landmark 2004 proposal to export water to Israel using large tankers, which
proved to be prohibitively expensive.
The new Turkish-Israeli proposal under discussion would see the transfer
of water, electricity, natural gas and oil to Israel via four underwater pipelines.
"The whole premise is based on the assumption that Turkey is becoming
a major hub for energy in the region," said Gabby Levy, the Director
of International Relations at the National Infrastructure Ministry.
According to Israeli Knesset member Joseph Shagal, the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline
would eventually link up with Israeli ports and pipeline routes. In May 2006,
Joseph Shagal confirmed that Israel was envisaging a new 400 km under water
pipeline, which would join up with the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) main pipeline,
“Baku oil can be transported to Ashkelon via this new pipeline and to
India and the Far East.[via the Red sea]"
"Ceyhan and the Mediterranean port of Ashkelon are situated only
400 km apart. Oil can be transported to the city in tankers or via specially
constructed under-water pipeline. From Ashkelon the oil can be pumped through
already existing pipeline to port of Eilat at the Red Sea; and from there
it can be transported to India and other Asian countries in tankers. As Shagal
informed, Natig Aliyev had invited Israeli Infrastructure Minister to visit
traditional Caspian oil exhibition-conference to be held early in June in
Baku. The member of Knesset expressed his assurance the invitation would be
accepted and realization of the above-mentioned idea would be discussed in
The Israeli-Turkish project, which links up with the BTC consists in exporting
Caspian oil and gas using Israel as a transhipment route through the Red Sea
back to to India and the Far East.
From a geopolitical standpoint, the Ceyhan-Ashkelon-Eilat corridor would be
protected by the Israeli military. It would channel oil back to the Asian markets
via the Red Sea. This dramatic rerouting of Central Asian oil and gas via the
Eastern Mediterranean inevitably undermines the "direct corridor trading
routes" between the producing countries in Central Asia and their South
and East Asian trading partners, including India and China. Ultimately, this
design is intended to weaken Russia's role in Central Asia and cut off China
from Central Asian oil resources. In this context, the Western military alliance
which now includes Israel protects the strategic energy pipeline corridors of
the Anglo-American oil companies.
The withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon bears a direct relationship to
the consolidation of both land and sea corridors under Israeli military proection.
The strategic land corridor extends from the Red Sea port of Eilat, across Israel
and through Lebanon and the Syrian Mediterranean coastline to the Eastern coastline
The Eastern Mediterranean is also rich in gas reserves. According to a recent
"On the basis of preliminary drilling and seismographic results, Palestinian
and Israeli waters in the Mediterranean appear to contain at least 100bn cu
metres of gas reserves, divided about 60:40 in the Palestinians ' favour. Almost
all of this gas is expected to go to the Israeli market which, by 2015, will
probably be consuming at least 12bn cu metres/yr. A small portion (about 0.5bn
cu metres/yr) might also be reserved for a new power plant in the Gaza Strip."