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KIBBUTZ MAANIT, Israel — John Brown believes he'll find oil in central Israel, although he has no scientific data or particular experience in the drilling business on which to base that.
The Dallas native is a relative novice in the energy industry. He says he'll find oil because his reading of the Bible tells him it's right here — under Maanit, an inland plain northeast of Tel Aviv, where he began drilling last month.
"God sent me for one purpose: to help Israel with oil," says Brown, a born-again Christian, as he leafs through his Bible.
Brown says he received divine inspiration, starting his company, Zion Oil, to help Israel become energy-independent. "I believe God talked to me."
Pierce's conclusion: "Zion has a strong probability of making a significant discovery of some 484 million barrels of oil."