Norwegian politicians, NGO’s and editors back from holidays…

See below for two articles published today… clearly our favorite Israel bashers are back from holiday…. ignoring Syria, giving a toss about how the South African ANC has indicted the survivors of the horrific shooting at the Lonmin Mines, but terribly minding whatever Israel does or does not… (pardon rotten google translate, I am moving from one continent to another, flight at 0800 and there is still a lot of packing to do…- I am sure you will get the gist…. I will clean it up on Monday, from my new base…)

Would be unwise for Statoil to extract oil offshore Israel

Statoil to enter Israel. While the State Department warns of a significant risk in unresolved waters, says Labour spokesperson on energy policy that it would be “unwise.”

Ida De Rosa

Published: 31 Aug. 6:34 p.m. 2012 Updated: 31st August. 2012 18:34

Statoil will neither confirm nor deny this information to Aftenposten.no:

– We assess business opportunities continuously, but for competitive reasons, we will neither deny or confirm anything, said Chief Bard Glad Pedersen in Statoil.

– Want Norwegian investments

In March, a delegation of Israeli officials from the Israeli Petroleum and Energy visited Statoil’s offices in Stavanger, facilitated by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

One of the goals of Norway’s visit was to pave the way for even more Norwegian investments in Israeli petroleum industry, according to VG.

– Of course we have high hopes. We would like to cooperate with foreign companies, and Norway has great expertise, said the head of the international department of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, Sagi Karni to Today’s Market during the visit.

– Runs a considerable risk

Israel’s conflicts with its neighbors on reserves. While one of the major gas discoveries have so far built on Israeli territory that it is understood that this is Israeli waters, there has been conflict and even greater found Leviathan (see fact box), located on the border with Lebanon. Lebanon believes any of this area extends into Lebanese waters, and asked earlier this year the UN to intervene to prevent a conflict.

Statoil “have shown interest” in exploring for oil in the conflict in Lebanon, said the authorities in the country to Aftenposten.no.

The State Department has repeatedly warned Norwegian companies to enter the disputed waters.

– We want the Norwegian business exercise caution when engasjent in disputed waters, regardless of which states the overlapping requirements are from. Companies that initiate activity before a law clarifying the rights to the resources in place, run a considerable risk. We encourage companies to caution signs the director of the MFA’s communications department, Frode Overland Andersen.

– Ethical problem

Both the Labour Party and the Socialist Party believes it would be unwise for Statoil to enter Israel.

If Statoil considering this now, I would say that it is an unwise mind and also quite startling, says energy policy spokeswoman for Labor, Eirin Sund. to Aftenposten.no.

– I can not imagine that this is wise in relation to the values Statoil will be responsible for considering the situation we have in the Middle East now.

She receives support from the party’s energy policy spokesman Snorre Valen.

– This is an ethically problematic area to enter in. Israel is slowing up resources from their neighbors, and this is a minority of the Norwegian population supports. Going into so would be to legitimize the policy and Israeli petroleum policy, says Valen.

– But what if Statoil only enters areas that are uncontested on the Israeli side?

– Wherever Statoil enters it will be to legitimize one side in a conflict.

– Acceptable

Neither uterikspolitisk spokesman for the Labour Party or the Centre Party’s energy policy spokesman agree.

– I can not say that this is something ethically questionable. We do not have any kind of restrictions on trade with Israel. As long as they are going into areas that are Israeli Unquestionably, this is acceptable, says Labor’s foreign policy spokesman, Svein Roald Hansen.

– We are not in principle opposed to Statoil do this, provided it is in accordance with each country’s laws and regulations, says the Centre Party energipiolitiske spokesman Erling Sande.

Norwegian company to earn 12 billion

Several countries have already shown interest in Israel’s gas reserves, including the Russian giant Gazprom. Also Norwegian companies involved in Israel gas.

Recently signed Hogh company LNG contract worth between 30 and 60 million with the U.S. oil company Noble Energy, operator of the Tamar gas field (see fact box). The company has designed a floating production unit that allows gas into liquid, which can then be exported from Israel.

Hogh LNG was one of the companies that met the Israeli delegation when they were in Norway. If the company gets contract to build and operate the floating production tendon public company made, the contract date. unit be worth up to 12 billion.

– There is money in it, says CEO Hogh LNG, Sveinung Støhle to Aftenposten.no.

Simultaneously, the mere remote chance that Norwegian rocket engines might end up in Israeli missiles has caused sour grapes with the usual crowd, and once more, they found willing ears at Aftenposten to vent their frustration (once more, rotten google translate… apologies…)

Norwegian rocket engines may end up in Israeli missiles

Although Norway does not allow the export of arms to Israel, Nammo will now supply rocket motors to a missile system which is used by the Israeli Air Force.

Henning Carr Ekroll

Published: 31 Aug. 3:02 p.m. 2012 Updated: 31st August. 2012 15:45

This week visited Secretary Roger Ingebrigtsen weapons manufacturer Nammo facility in Raufoss. There, he congratulated the management of the startup of the new plant that will supply rocket engines to the American-made missile system, AIM-120 AMRAAM.

Can earn three billion

The next 15 years it is expected that the contract with Raytheon to be able to bring in up to three billion to Nammo, which is 50 percent state-owned. Nammo to act as a so-called “second source” supplier to the company.

– This shows that Norwegian defense industry can not only compete with Europe, but also with the United States. This is a large supply of a great American actor, and a high level of technology that will provide a substantial income, says Ingebrigtsen to Aftenposten.no.

AIM-120 AMRAAM missile is a so-called air-to-air missile with high precision. It is used by several countries, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Norway has an export regulations that prohibit arms exports to Israel and other lands “in war or threat of war there” – with the exception of the NATO allies.

Nonetheless, now the fresh contract mean that missiles are being used by Israel to obtain Norwegian missile engines, a weapons system’s main components.

– This agreement with Raytheon may mean that partial Norwegian-produced rocket engines could end up in missiles that Israel uses. Norway sets namely no questions to our allies about how they planned to use the weapons and components or where to sell them, says Ingrid Aas Borge in the Changemaker Aftenposten.no.

In the arms export legislation distinguishes between A-and B-material. The first is finished weapons and ammunition, while the B material are other items that are specifically designed or modified for military purposes.

None of these to be sold directly from Norway to Israel, but if they put together a different location, this falls outside the rules.

-it is the United States legislation that applies

Export control Foreign Ministry confirmed to Aftenposten that they do not have any requirements for weapon systems ends up, as long as gun parts Norway supplies put together by “parts from other sources of supply.”

– It is the country that sell materials that are responsible for who they sell to and end statement. Norway has verdenst stringent rules on arms exports, but when Norway delivers a screw or a rocket engine then we delleverandør, and not the main supplier. There is legislation in the U.S. that would apply here, said Ingebrigtsen.

– So there is no problem?

– It’s not my job to answer for how the rules are in the U.S., said Ingebrigtsen.

Changemaker believes this points to the obvious gaps in how the Norwegian regulatory functions.

– There is a paradox since Norway considers the situation in Israel so that we do not export material directly to them, either A or B material. Loopholes allow Norwegian arms exports go against the laws of where we think it is ethically problematic to sell weapons. This example shows the need for end-user certificates as standard internationally, says Borge.

Ban on parts sale would cripple industry

Ingebrigtsen believes that such detailed regulation would have meant the end for the Norwegian defense industry.

– If we were to assume that we should not export parts we might as well shut down the defense industry. There are those who put together the weapon that is responsible for this, and if we go into this every time a product is to be sold then it will create complete paralysis in our industry, says Ingebrigtsen.

It has several times previously stormed around Norwegian practice for arms exports. In 2009 NRK revealed focal point that Nammo avoided export regulations by producing weapons in the USA. That way the company could export the weapon system M72 directly to Israel.

Aftenposten.no has been in contact with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). They do not want to talk about their procurement or use of the AIM-120 system.

Interestingly, none of these morally concerned politicians seem to give a toss about same exports to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other such friendly states (come to think of it, maybe Saudi would fire a Norwegian propelled missile when they have had enough of Iran? Just to bug the Norwegian moralists?).

Like I said, summer is over and silly season is on. The Socialistic Left party has fetched rock bottom poll results for several months now, and are unlikely to survive next years general election. Perhaps they are just rattling their corpse ahead of the inevitable event, just to try to attract some attention?