The Ben Gurion Canal (Part 2 of 2)
The Ben Gurion Canal is the last piece of the Middle East puzzle. It would cement the US & Israel’s control of the world’s most important shipping lane…
(Link to Part 1: Israel’s Egregious Plan for Gaza & the New Silk Road, below article)
By: Dan Asmussen
It’s no secret that the genocide in Gaza has enormous economic incentives behind it for the United States, the European Union, and Israel. I mentioned some of these in Part One, and I’m going to expand on my analysis in this Part 2.
Israel and the United States have been planning for decades to build what is called the Ben Gurion Canal. This is a rival to the infamous Suez Canal in Egypt. This canal would begin at the port city of Eilat, and finish right next to—if not directly through Gaza!
The United States hatched this secret plan with the Israelis in 1963, to detonate over five-hundred nuclear bombs in the Negev Desert, with the aim of building this Ben Gurion Canal.
It goes without saying that the Suez Canal is one of the most important quintessential geostrategic assets on the planet. It connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. It is so important to global trade that Israel, Britain, and France literally attacked Egypt in 1956 because it dared to nationalize the Suez Canal. Economically speaking, it is the golden key when it comes to global trade.
The Suez Canal is situated at the intersection of three continents and two major bodies of water. It cuts shipping times and costs by so much, that today—12% of global trade and 30% of global container traffic pass through the Suez Canal on a daily basis.
This is why Israel is absolutely obliterating Gaza. They want no more Palestinians and no more resistance. Listen below as Former Israeli Ambassador to Italy Dror Eydar talks about Israel’s current plan for Gaza.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was told in the last few weeks that if he accepts Israel’s plan to take Palestinians from Gaza and put them in the Sinai Desert, that Israel will pay for it, and the United States will wipe Egypt’s national debt.
In 2011 Ethiopia began construction on something called the Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River, which cut the water supply to both Sudan and Egypt. This has caused a huge argument between the three countries ever since, especially because Egypt is concerned that in times of drought, Ethiopia might fill the reservoir behind its dam with water, to increase its generating capacity, instead of letting it flow downstream.
Ethiopia also has a significant Jewish population. The United States, and specifically Israel could theoretically lean on Ethiopia (as they have done before), and pressure it not to fill up its reservoirs which would be very good for Egypt, and perhaps conditionally “incentivize” them to accept and take in tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees along with wiping out their debt.
The Ben Gurion Canal is essentially the last piece of the Middle Eastern puzzle. It would cement the United States and Israel’s control over the world’s most important shipping lane, and giving them total control over maritime trade for the foreseeable future.
The area surrounding the Red Sea, which would feed into the Ben Gurion Canal, already has a huge military presence of American and Israeli troops. Did you know for example that Israel’s largest military base is located in the Red Sea on Dahlak island in Eritrea? This base was hit by Yemen in the last few weeks in support of Gaza, because Yemen is an integral part of the resistance axis.
Yemen is located right next to Eritrea in a crucial area—we’re talking about the Gulf of Aden, and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. Tens of thousands of ships pass through this area every year, including a large percentage of the world’s petroleum vessels. The United States has been trying for decades to control this very important shipping lane by putting troops right opposite Yemen in Djibouti and Somalia in what is called the Horn of Africa.
The United States has tried to control this area for the last 23 years since the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole by attacking Yemen from the rear—using Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries and doing their own drone strikes. The U.S. led war which began in 2014 has completely devastated Yemen, and the media barely covered it. Go ahead and walk up to someone on the street and ask them if they know American troops have been fighting a war in Yemen for the last nine years. Chances are they can’t even point to where Yemen is on a map.
Another one of Yemen’s important geostrategic assets is the beautiful Island of Socotra, which is located between the Horn of Africa, the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. The United Arab Emirates after normalizing ties with Israel, helped them to put spy bases and establish a military presence on Socotra Island.
The importance of the Bab-el-Mandeb strait is that both Iran and China need to use this shipping lane—for Iran to export fuel, and for China as the worlds largest economy and largest trading partner of most countries. There is already a de facto “Cold War” taking place in the Strait of Hormuz right between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman—The Tanker War.
What usually happens is the United States and Israel try to sink Iranian fuel ships , and then Iran responds in kind. Britain also tried playing the same game in the Strait of Gibraltar. They hijacked an Iranian ship, and only when Iran did the same to a British ship, Britain finally got the message and let the Iranian ship go.
The United States has gone so far as to steal Iranian fuel tankers and sell off the cargo, a practice commonly known as piracy—and they along with Israel can always attack Iranian and Chinese ships later on in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait up into the Red Sea, and of course by replacing the Suez Canal with the Ben Gurion Canal.
It is literally highway robbery on the high seas, and the Ben Gurion Canal is the key to making this happen.
If the Ben Gurion Canal becomes a reality it will allow the United States and Israel to dominate world Maritime trade. They would be able to use it to the benefit of not only their own economies, but as a tool to inflict economic damage on China, Iran, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon as well. Not only that, but it would propel Israel to the second most powerful country on earth behind the United States, both economically and militarily.
Egypt could potentially stop this so-called “war” in Gaza right now by shutting down the Suez Canal. It is bewildering why they haven’t done this—if not for Gaza’s sake but for their own sake. Egypt’s economy is going to be leveled if the Ben Gurion Canal is built, it will completely undermine the Suez Canal.
Where is Saudi Arabia? Why haven’t they threatened to cut oil production for one week, or even a day to stop this war? Or is there something in it for them if Gaza were to be leveled and replaced with this canal? Where are the Arabs? Where are the Muslims? Protesting can only do so much when it falls on deaf Western ears while Palestine continues to be bombed out of existence.
Look at the European Union—they have nothing in common with each other except geography and they have over 24 languages, whereas the Arab world from Morocco to Oman have a common tongue, common geography, common religion, common history, and common culture. This automatically makes them a global Super Power—not to mention their natural resources. The geographical land mass and the population alone are essential factors and criteria for global power.
However, it’s not only the size of the Arab world, just look at all the straits—all the vital straits are located in Arab countries, ie. the Strait of Gibraltar which originates from the Arabic Jabal Ṭāriq (meaning “Tariq’s Mount”), the Suez Canal, the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, and the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and Oman.
European colonial powers understood this a long time ago—how powerful Arab counties could potentially be, and they planted Israel right smack dab in the middle to sow chaos, and try to win over these Arab kingdoms and make them normalize ties with Israel. All the borders in the Middle East did not exist until 1916 when the same European powers that back Israel today drew them. This is the Middle East before, and after Sykes-Picot – after the French and the British ruined it.
This divide and conquer strategy is all about carving up the Arab world, creating instability, and controlling the resources and the straits. These “powers” always play the sectarian card, pitting Sunni against Shiites, Kurds against Turks—they did this in Iraq, in Lebanon, and now they’re doing it to pit Arabs against Iran. They tell you it’s about Jews against Muslims in Palestine—no it absolutely is not!
The West is afraid of unity between the Arabs themselves, and between Arabs and other Muslim countries. This “war” has nothing to do with Hamas, that’s not what it’s about! There’s a reason why people are wondering: How is this mass slaughter of civilians happening? Why is there ardent support for Israel from the West? Why are they allowing this to happen in broad daylight? They won’t even call for a cease fire? What’s controversial about that? Where is their humanity?
The answer is: because it’s their project too—this is an American and Zionist European imperialist project—and they are complicit in the genocide, war crimes, and atrocities against Palestine. The fact that they will never be held accountable should enrage every person reading this.
This long term plan also concerns and screws the whole region—it will impact everyone in the Middle East negatively, and that is precisely why the whole resistance axis (Palestine, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon), are all involved in this fight on multiple fronts.
The thing is, what the United States doesn’t know—is that if and when the Ben Gurion Canal becomes a reality, it would launch Israel into the center of world shipping and world trade, and they would ultimately surpass the United States as the world’s Number One Superpower.
“Once we squeeze all we can out of the United States, it can dry up and blow away.” — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 2002
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