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.