Declassified Communications: The Possibility of a Palestinian Petroleum Sector

A Freedom of Information request with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) by Al-Shabaka has led to the release of new documents on Gaza’s gas fields, and surprising new information about the possibility of oil fields in the West Bank. The released documents support Al-Shabaka’s previous policy brief The Gas Fields off Gaza: A Gift or a Curse?, which argued that the principal stumbling block to the development of the gas fields in Gaza is Israel’s refusal to pay market price for the gas. These documents are provided here by Al-Shabaka to accompany the policy brief "Oil. Religion. Occupation. ... A Combustible Mix," by Victor Kattan.

Declassified Communications (PDF)