Beyond fighting fires and exporting natural gas.
A counterweight to Russia, Iran, and Turkey.
With the help of Cyprus, Greece, and Italy.
And it won’t discourage terrorism.
But will politics get in the way?
Could it because they lacked a national identity?
Israel is the driving force for energy development in the eastern Mediterranean.
A counterweight to Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean.
It has done little so far.
Its only non-majority-Muslim neighbor.
Were Israel to route the pipeline for its gas exports through Islamist Turkey, it would be making a major strategic mistake.
Separating religion and state sends the wrong signal in principle, and could wreak havoc in practice.
Its bonanza in natural gas could transform Israel’s strategic relations with regional neighbors and others—but only if energy policy is properly managed.