La Syrie demande à israël de renoncer aux explorations pétrolières au Golan

DAMAS – Damas a condamné jeudi la décision israélienne d’autoriser des forages pétroliers sur le plateau du Golan, déplorant une violation flagrante des résolutions du Conseil de sécurité et appelant l’ONU à intervenir.

Le ministère syrien des Affaires étrangères a formellement protesté auprès des Nations unies pour dénoncer une violation flagrante et illégale de la résolution 497 du Conseil de sécurité qui appelle israël à mettre fin à son occupation du Golan, a rapporté l’agence de presse officielle Sana.

Selon Damas, la décision d’autoriser les forages vise à ancrer l’occupation et l’annexation de ce territoire, en profitant du conflit en cours en Syrie pour perpétuer l’occupation de territoires syriens et piller leurs richesses.

La presse israélienne a rapporté il y a une semaine qu’israël avait autorisé des forages de pétrole sur le plateau du Golan syrien occupé, reprenant ainsi des explorations interrompues depuis 20 ans, au risque de s’attirer des condamnations internationales.

Une licence d’exploitation a été attribuée à l’entreprise israélo-américaine Genie, présidée par Effi Eitam, un ancien ministre d’extrême-droite installé sur le Golan, selon le quotidien populaire Yediot Aharonot. Continue reading

Tel Aviv under return fire from Gaza

A rocket launched by Palestinian fighters at the Occupied Palestinian Territories makes its way from the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, November 16, 2012

Returning Israel’s recent wave of attacks on the Gaza Strip, which has so far killed at least 20 people, Palestinians have fired over 250 rockets taking Tel Aviv under fire and targeting several other spots in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The attacks have been targeting Gaza since Wednesday.

The retaliatory fire from the coastal strip has struck the heart of Tel Aviv. On Thursday, the Israeli Army said a projectile fired from Gaza struck Rishon LeTzion, some 15 kilometers (nine miles) southeast of Tel Aviv, but there were no injuries or damage.

The Israeli Minister for Military Affairs, Ehud Barak has given the green light for the military to call up 30,000 reservists.

The return fire has sounded off air raid sirens across the occupied territories for the first time in nearly two decades.  Continue reading

Chavez calls on Obama to stop US hegemonic policies

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (file photo)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has called on his US counterpart Barack Obama to put an end to Washington’s policy of “invading” and “destabilizing” other countries.

Speaking at a Thursday meeting with his cabinet ministers at the Presidential Palace in Caracas, Chavez pointed out that Obama should “forget about invading other nations, destabilizing countries, etc.”

He described the US as socially and economically “fractured” and called on Obama to focus on “governing his own country” instead.

Chavez, who was making the remarks in reaction to Obama’s reelection, said the American “super elite” exploits the rest of the US and manipulates it “through the media.”

During the US presidential campaigns, Chavez said he did not expect either Obama or his Republican rival Mitt Romney to make any change in the relations between the US, Latin America, Venezuela and the rest of the world.

The Venezuelan president has repeatedly challenged the US foreign policy since he took office in 1999. Continue reading