Thursday, August 26, 2010
Israel bulking up on military jet fuel—watch out Iran, watch out world
by Larry Geller
On August 6, 2010, Israel gave notice that it will purchase a massive amount of fuel, including perishable JP-8 jet fuel.
The Government of Israel has requested a possible sale of 60,000,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline, 284,000,000 gallons of JP-8 aviation jet fuel, and 100,000,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The estimated cost is $2 billion. [Defense Professionals, Israel to Procure Unleaded Gasoline, JP-8 Aviation Jet Fuel, and Diesel Fuel from U.S., 8/6/2010]
The way this works, if I understand it correctly, is that the fuel may be purchased under contract 30 days after giving notice, unless Congress votes to block the sale. Since that’s exceedingly unlikely, Israel can be expected to receive the fuel as early as the beginning of September.
With hawks crying out for Israel to preemptively attack Iran, this may indeed be time for Congress to review this purchase. The JP-8 jet fuel could be destined to make that attack possible. But what of the gasoline and diesel fuel?
Blogger Damian Lataan (“Aeronautical Engineer, Historian and general carer of what goes on in the world.”) has ventured an analysis. Check out Telling the History of the Twenty-First Century as it Really Is. With permission, here is the entire article, originally posted Tuesday 8/24/2010 and with thanks to Viviane Lerner for her pointer to it).
Three weeks ago the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) published a notice, as it is legally required to do, announcing that Israel has ordered massive quantities of various fuels suitable for military use, and in the case of the order for JP-8 jet fuel, suitable only for military use.
The massive order is valued at some $2 billion and, as well as the 284 million gallons (1.075 billion litres) of JP-8 jet fuel, the order also includes 60 million gallons (227 million litres) of unleaded gasoline and 100 million gallons (378 million litres) of diesel fuel.
Last week I wrote of how it would not be possible for Israel to mount a ‘unilateral’ strike against Iran because Israel would require complete connivance and support for such a strike from the US. I explained, as I have in the past, how it would be necessary for the US to supply the massive amounts of fuel need for such a strike. If Israel were to strike Iran, Israel would only require the massive amounts of jet fuel and over a billion litres of jet fuel would be more that enough to do the job in practical terms.
If Israel were planning to strike Iran then that would explain the requirement for the large amounts of JP-8 fuel. However, it does not explain Israel’s need for such large amounts of gasoline and diesel fuel since an Israeli strike against Iran is unlikely to include any type of ground incursion into Iran for which these fuels would be used. The only conclusion one can draw, if Israel is not planning to actually invade Iran, which, clearly, it could not, is that Israel is planning to use the gasoline and the diesel fuel for some other ground incursion – and that can only mean an invasion of Lebanon and possibly the Gaza and West Bank when an attack against Iran is launched.
This massive order begs the question; is the final confrontation imminent? And, if not, then what is all this fuel for?
Time will tell. Jet fuel, if it’s going to be used in peak condition, doesn’t have a very long shelf life.
This may be the time for activists to contact their Congressional representatives and ask that the sale be blocked, unlikely though that may be.