THE WAR ON SYRIA:
ISRAELI LICENCE TO CHENEY-LINKED ENERGY FIRM IN OCCUPIED GOLAN HEIGHTS
“He keeps changing the facts on the ground through expansion of settlements and now this on the Golan.“He keeps taking these actions, whether with the Palestinians or the Syrians. It makes it more and more difficult for the Arabs to come to the table,” he added. “It’s definitely contrary to international law and goes against any number of U.N. Security Council resolutions.”
Some analysts said the move appeared designed in part to take advantage of the ongoing chaos inside Syria.Successive Israeli governments rejected drilling applications in the past mainly out of a desire to avoid inflaming tensions with Damascus, according to one knowledgeable source who declined to be identified.“With no effective government in Damascus, I guess they figured no harm would come from going ahead,” the source said.
“How is it possible to give a licence for drilling in occupied territory?”