Seemingly unaffected by domestic corruption charges, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is radically redesigning the Eastern Mediterranean political sphere with a series of breakthrough deals. Along with Cyprus and Greece, Israel’s EastMed subsea pipeline will carry natural gas to Europe and is planned to be completed by 2025. With Europe aiming towards creating actual energy diversification, the opportunity comes at a perfect time.
In addition to Europe, Israel’s greatest breakthrough comes from Egypt, a former blood rival of the Jewish state. As part of a $15 billion deal, Egypt will act as an energy re-export hub on Europe’s, where Israeli gas will be processed at Egyptian liquefied natural gas factories before being exported to Europe. This coordinated effort at creating wealth and security, quite possibly a catalyst for further deals between states once considered irrevocably differed, stands in sharp contrast to the years of frequent conflicts and bloodshed between the two nations.
Despite the breakthroughs, Turkey has continued its regional jostling for power, increasing its presence in Libya, Cyprus, and the Mediterranean sea. According to the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon, Erdogan has even “ turned Turkey into a safe haven for Hamas terrorists and a financial center for funneling money to subsidize terror attacks.” With both nations aiming to establish dominance in the region, a breaking point is imminent.