Friday, April 11, 2008

Israel Buying Oil from Iran?

This is an incredible story, and I can't understand why the media isn't having a field day with it. Of course, they have to cover truly important things like missing blondes, American Idol contestants, and whether or not Barack Obama is wearing an American flag lapel pin, so there's little time to cover the fact that Israel is buying oil from IRAN. That's right, the same Iran whose President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was quoted as saying, “The establishment of the State of Israel was an offensive move. The Islamic nation will not let its historic enemy live in its midst." Or, how about this gem, "The State of Israel should be wiped off the map." Does that sound like a country you'd want to engage in trade with? Apparently Israel doesn't have a problem with it. Except, there are a couple of minor problems. For one, Israel has a boycott against Iran. And, secondly, Israel has tried to keep the whole thing secret. Here's an excerpt from an April 4th Guardian UK article:

"Israel imports Iranian oil on a large scale even though contacts with Iran and purchasing of its products are officially boycotted by Israel. Israel gets around the boycott by having the oil delivered via Europe. A reliable Israeli energy newsletter, EnergiaNews, reported this last week [March 18] ...

"EnergiaNews got the information about the Iran trade from sources with ties to the management of Israeli Oil Refineries Ltd ... According to EnergiaNews the Iranian oil is liked in Israel because its quality is better than other crude oils."

To read the article in its entirety, click here: The Guardian UK