Israel has taken advantage of the crisis in Syria and awarded a US energy company a license for oil exploration in the occupied Golan Heights in an attempt to entrench its hold on the area.
Energy sources said on Thursday that the decision to issue the first oil-exploration permit in the Golan Heights to the New Jersey-based company Genie Energy came after the Israeli regime opted to allow oil and gas exploration there, Reuters reported.
Pundits say the move was pushed by Israeli National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau to convey the message that the Golan Heights would not easily be returned to Syria.
"The timing of the decision is directly related to the fact that the Syrian government is not free to deal with this problem and that the Syrian Army cannot pose a threat to Israel right now," Israeli political analyst Yaron Ezrahi said.
He added, "This is mostly an Israeli ploy to deepen its commitment to the occupied Golan Heights."
Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967, when it also took control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
It annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, although the move was never recognized by the international community and was a violation of international law.
Israel has not annexed the West Bank but is massively expanding the construction of illegal settlements, although it withdrew troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005.
The Syria crisis began in March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals...JA
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