How Israel Got Its Energy Groove Back

Just a few years ago, Israel’s massive natural-gas fields were caught up in endless infighting. Now, thanks in part to the UAE deal, they’re about to transform the region’s economy.

October 8, 2020 | Arthur Herman
About the author: Arthur Herman is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author, most recently, of 1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder (HarperCollins, 2017).

A processing rig by Israel’s Leviathan natural-gas field near the city of Caesarea on January 31, 2019. Marc Israel Sellem/POOL.

Second chances, they say, are rare, especially in the Middle East. But when it comes to Israel’s vast off-shore gas reserves—some of the world’s most remarkable energy finds of the past half-century—it may be that the country’s politicians and citizens will get an opportunity that seemed all but lost a few short years ago. Israel can turn their natural-gas gift to its advantage in ways that will remake the Middle East.

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