Speaking on Army Radio Sunday morning, an exhilarated Yitzhak Tshuva, owner of the Delek Group Ltd, one of the owners of the well, called the discovery "one of the biggest in the world," promising that the find would present a historic land mark in the economic independence of Israel.
"I have no doubt that this is a holiday for the State of Israel. We will no longer be dependent [on foreign sources] for our gas, and will even export. We are dealing with inconceivably huge quantities; Israel now has a solution for the future generations," Tshuva added.
An ecstatic Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said before the weekly cabinet meeting that the discovery was a "historic" one and could "change the face of Israeli industry."
Sunday, January 18, 2009
This changes things ...
Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir once lamented that "Moses dragged us for 40 years through the desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no oil." However, in a potentially game-changing development, Israel has discovered huge natural gas reserves off the coast of Haifa. According to the Jerusalem Post: