While there has always been hope that Israel would strike it rich one day with oil (the only major find had been in the Sinai, which Israel gave up in the peace deal with Egypt), the consensus seems to have been that Moses might have been better to have turned right rather than left… But no more, with the recent discovery of gas fields off the coast of Israel. While we have to guard against overoptimism, the possibility of exaggeration, and some potential dispute with Lebanon regarding waters, the news is very exciting regarding a large natural gas discovery. see here
But you could ask, why have an imitation when you could have the real thing – and remember “oils aint oils, Sol”.
So, here is a song specifically about oil in Israel .. composed amid the excitement of the first significant oil discovery in Israel in the 1950’s… “Neft zorem behuliqat” – H. Salmony – S. Weissfish, from 1955, features Shlomo Weissfish with a vocal quartet and orchestra conducted by Moshe Wilensky. Hed-Arzi 1311 JMR 2414. The song is track 16 from a wonderful collection of old songs from Israel, with some from before independence, and available from the The National Sound Archives, David and Fela Shapell Digitization Project, The Jewish National & University Library at the Hebrew University, see here for more information.
Oil extraction began in the Heletz oil field in 1955 resulting in much celebration. The oil field remains the most economic oil field in Israel, and is adjacent to the Heletz Moshav in southern Israel, located between Ashkelon, Kiryat Gat and Sderot. The moshav, which in 2006 had a population of 422, was founded in 1950 by immigrants from Yemen, and was named after Heletz, one of King David’s Warriors.