Zion Oil & Gas Obtains License Extension

Zion Oil & Gas Obtains License Extension

DALLAS and CAESAREA, Israel, July 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zion Oil & Gas,
Inc. (Nasdaq:ZN) reported today that the Israeli Petroleum Commissioner has
awarded the company a one-year extension on its Asher-Menashe petroleum
exploration license in Northern Israel.

Zion's Asher-Menashe License covers an area of approximately 78,824 acres
located on the Israeli coastal plain and the Mount Carmel range between
Caesarea in the south and Haifa in the north. Zion received notification from
the Israeli Petroleum Commissioner extending the term of the Asher-Menashe
License one final year, until June 9, 2014.

The Asher-Menashe License extension carries a commitment to re-enter Zion's
Elijah #3 well to perforate, stimulate, and production test a Jurassic zone of

On June 12, 2013, Zion's Board of Directors authorized spending up to $1.63
million toward upcoming operations in our Joseph and Asher-Menashe License
areas. This dollar figure includes authorization to re-enter our Elijah #3
well to conduct in-well testing operations in hopes of finding commercially
productive hydrocarbons.

Zion recently entered into a 2013 Workover Contract with Lapidoth Israel Oil
Prospectors to use their rig and crew to conduct our upcoming field
operations, currently planned for September and October, 2013.


Having reviewed our new license application and revised work plan, Israel's
Energy Ministry officially published our proposed license area boundaries
(approximately 98,000 acres in Israel's Megiddo and Jezreel Valley – see
purple area in figure below).

The notice states that other companies have until September 3, 2013 to submit
a competing application. After that date and following a second review, the
new license can then be granted.

A map accompanying this release is available at


Mr. Glen H. Perry has re-joined the Zion Board of Directors, effective July 1,
2013. Mr. Perry was a founding member of Zion, serving on the Board of
Directors and as President and Chief Operating Officer until 2009. He has also
been serving as our Israeli Operations Consultant. Mr. Perry resides in Tel
Aviv and is a dual US-Israeli citizen.He has a Master of Science degree in
Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has over 40
years' experience in the domestic and international petroleum energy field,
specializing in project evaluation and development, as well as senior
management of oil and gas exploration and production companies. Mr. Perry
fills the vacancy of departing board member, Mr. Julian Taylor. Mr. Taylor was
appointed a director in June 2009. We greatly appreciate Julian's dedicated
service on Zion's board for over four years.


Zion held its Annual Shareholder Meeting on June 11, 2013 in Dallas, Texas,
with a great turnout of shareholders and supporters.Shareholders voted to
elect/retain the following members of our Board of Directors: Mr. Robert
Render, Mr. Justin Furnace, and Mr. Gene Scammahorn.Shareholders also
ratified the appointment of Malone Bailey, LLP, as Zion's independent
registered public accounting firm for 2013.

Zion's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "ZN".

Zion Oil & Gas, a Delaware corporation, explores for oil and gas onshore in
Israel. It currently holds three petroleum exploration licenses: the Joseph
License (on approximately 83,000 acres) and the Asher-Menashe License (on
approximately 79,000 acres), both between Netanya in the south and Haifa in
the north, and the Jordan Valley License (on approximately 56,000 acres), just
south of the Sea of Galilee. Not including the proposed new license area of
approximately 98,000 acres, Zion's total license area currently amounts to
approximately 218,000 acres.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: Statements in this communication that are not
historical fact, including statements regarding Zion's planned operations,
plans to apply for new exploration licenses and the likelihood of being
awarded these licenses, are forward-looking statements as defined in the "Safe
Harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
These forward looking statements are based on assumptions that are subject to
significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable
factors, many of which are described in Zion's periodic reports filed with the
SEC and are beyond Zion's control. These risks could cause Zion's actual
performance to differ materially from the results predicted by these
forward-looking statements. Zion can give no assurance that the expectations
reflected in these statements will prove to be correct and assumes no
responsibility to update these statements.

Zion's homepage may be found at: http://www.zionoil.com

CONTACT: Zion Oil & Gas, Inc.
         Brittany Russell, 214-221-4610

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