Geopolitical ramifications of Israeli natural gas productionApril 10, 2013
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs presents a new analysis of The Geopolitics of Israel’s Offsore Gas Reserves. Late in the last decade, oil & gas exploration companies discovered several oil and gas fields in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The nations of Lebanaon, Syria, Turkey and Cyprus might all eventually benefit from the finds, but the biggest fields lie in Israel’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
At the end of last month, Israel began transiting to onshore facilities the first gas from the Tamar field. While the gas fields hold the promise of energy security and increased national prosperity, they also present a host of new targets for Israel’s enemies and will require a restructuring of Israel’s existing defense assets as well as the purchase of new ones – in particular, Israel will require a new navy and perhaps a new Red Sea fleet.
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