Israel Gives OK for Oil Drilling in Golan Heights

From The Miami Herald

Israel says it has given the go-ahead for a gas exploration project in the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau it captured from Syria in the 1967 war.

Israel’s Energy and Water Resources Ministry said Wednesday it has issued a permit for the American-Israeli company Genie Energy to drill for oil on the plateau. The company is headed by Effi Eitam, a hawkish former Israeli Cabinet minister.

Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981 but the world still considers it occupied territory.

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