Who is Genie?
The following biographies are taken directly from the Genie Energy website:
Strategic Advisory Board
The Strategic Advisory Board of Genie Oil and Gas advises management on strategic, financial, operational and public policy matters.
Michael Steinhardt (SAB Chairman)
Noted Wall Street investor and Principal Manager, Steinhardt Management LLC. Founder Steinhardt, Fine, Berkowitz & Co., and noted philanthropist.
46th Vice President of the United States. Vice President Cheney also served as President and CEO of Halliburton Company and U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1989 to 1993.
United States Senator from Louisiana from 1996 to 2014. Senator Landrieu served as chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. In her capacity as chair, she sponsored and passed the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Bill. The bill fosters partnerships focused on developing resources such as natural gas and alternative fuels, on the academic, business and governmental levels.
Founder and Executive Chairman of News Corporation, one of the world’s largest diversified media companies. News Corporation’s holdings include Fox Entertainment, Dow Jones and Company, the New York Post, HarperCollins and significant media assets on six continents.
Governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011. Mr. Richardson has served asU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1997-1998), Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration (1998-2001), Chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.
Jacob Rothschild, OM, GBE
Chairman of the J. Rothschild group of companies and of RIT Capital Partners plc. Chairman of Five Arrows Limited. Lord Rothschold is a noted philanthropist and Chairman of the Rothschild Foundation.
Dr. Lawrence Summers
Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University. Dr. Summers served as the 71st Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton and as Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama.
R. James Woolsey
Director of Central Intelligence from 1993 to 1995 and as Under Secretary of the Navy from 1977 to 1979. Mr. Wo
October 9th, 2015 Genie Energy confirms significant find in Golan Heights
Genie Energy says preliminary evidence from the exploratory wells drilled by its Afek subsidiary in Northern Israel confirms the existence of significant quantities of oil and gas within its exploratory license area.
Nov 7th, 2015 Black gold under the Golan
Israeli and American oilmen believe they have discovered a bonanza in this most inconvenient of sites. After three test-drillings, Yuval Bartov, the chief geologist of Genie Oil & Gas, a subsidiary of American-based Genie Energy, says his company thinks it has found an oil reservoir “with the potential of billions of barrels”.
Nov 8th, 2015 Oren: How President Obama can aid Israel's security
How can the United States help Israel defend itself against the threats amplified by the nuclear deal with Iran?
America could recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Nov 10, 2015 Netanyahu to Obama: Syria Disintegration Allows for 'Different Thinking' on Future of Golan Heights
At their Monday meeting, prime minister hinted Israel would like to hear U.S. position on Israel's annexation of the territory, a move which was never recognized by international community.
Kushner / Trump / Murdoch Connections
Ivanka Trump, who was there with her husband, Jared Kushner, seemed to be the designated Twitter poster of the proceedings and the activities that followed (“Went swimming in the Dead Sea with my husband and our buoyancy was even greater than expected!”).
These sources contain clearly biased language but have information and links that readers may find useful.
Counterpunch: MARCH 27, 2015: Rupert Murdoch and the Israeli Genie
Yes, Rupert Murdoch and his longtime pal Lord Jacob Rothschild are major shareholders in, (a joint 5.5 percent stake worth $11 million), and members of the Strategic Advisory Board of Genie Energy, – a spin-off company from telecoms group IDT Corp. (US ex- Vice President Dick Cheney is also a board member.)
Israel has granted Genie oil exploration in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, captured and annexed from Syria in the 1967 war. Genie plans to drill 10 exploratory wells over three years there, at a cost of $25-$30 million, even though the drilling of new wells – let alone fracking – by an occupying power is illegal.
According to Amiram Barkat of Israeli business publication Globes, “The company (Genie) believes that its shale oil cracking technology can free the world from dependence on Arab oil and turn Israel into an energy powerhouse able to produce 300 billion barrels of non-conventional oil at a cost of up to $40 per barrel.”
The Freethought Project, January, 2016: Cheney, Rothschild, and Fox News’ Murdoch to Drill for Oil in Syria, Violating International Law’
Together, these warmongers and would-be ethnic cleansers will soon be drilling into a vast oil and gas reserve located in the Syrian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, known as Golan Heights. The move would be in clear violation of international law, specifically the Annex to the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Israeli authorities granted Genie Energy’s subsidiary, Afek Oil and Gas, exclusive petroleum exploration rights in a 153-square-mile region in Golan Heights. In 2015, above-ground geophysical tests discovered the presence of oil and natural gas reserves that could make Israel energy self-sufficient. Afek has already drilled three exploratory wells.