Israel’s newfound natural-gas reserves are connecting the once-isolated Jewish State to its neighbors like never before. In the coming decade, Israel has the potential to become an important source of energy for its allies and a positive economic force for the entire region.
Since its birth, Israel has struggled to ensure reliable and affordable supplies of energy for its domestic market. Engaged in a continuous conflict with its oil-rich neighbors, Israel was a country completely disconnected from its surroundings with no common energy infrastructure or pipelines. Over the years, Israel has viewed weaning itself off its dependency on energy imports as a strategic necessity. There have been numerous failed attempts at domestic oil exploration and aborted efforts to introduce nuclear energy. Energy independence has been a “holy grail” for successive Israeli leaders, with Prime Minister Golda Meir once lamenting that “the one thing we Israelis have against Moses is that he took us through the desert for 40 years to lead us to the one spot in the Middle East that had no oil.”
This article was originally published in Fathom Journal.