Pipeline Or Pipe-Dream: Israel, Turkey Hydrocarbon Conflict Brewing In The Med

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Zero Hedge: Massive natural gas discoveries off the eastern coast of Israel and Palestine is slated to make Tel Aviv a regional energy hub. Whether Israel will be able to translate positive indicators of the largely untapped gas reserves into actual economic and strategic wealth is yet to be seen.

What is certain, however, is that the Middle East is already in the throes of a major geostrategic war, which has the potential of becoming an actual military confrontation.

Unsurprisingly, Israel is at the heart of this growing conflict.

“Last week, we started to stream gas to Egypt. We turned Israel into an energy superpower,” Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, bragged during a cabinet meeting on January 19.

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Opinion: Did somebody say war?

Ezekiel might not have known that Israel would be scattered among the nations from 70 AD until May 14, 1948. He also probably didn’t know that for 61 years  the reborn nation would be dependent on energy from hostile nations.

And it’s not likely that Ezekiel could have known that in 2009 (Tamar) and 2010 (Levant), Israel would find the largest natural gas reserves in the world or that Russia’s economy would be totally dependent on natural gas sales to Turkey and Europe.

But Ezekiel did know that a Russian prince he called Gog (Ez. 38:1-3 NIV) would call on Turkey, Iran, and Libya to attack Israel to take that plunder, and bring Russia’s other North African nations of Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia as additional allies.

I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords.” Ezekiel 38:4 NIV

Only in the last decade did the plunder for Ezekiel’s war begin to come into view, and only in the past month on January 2, 2020 was the EastMed pipeline deal signed that will connect Israeli natural gas with Cyprus and Europe by 2025.

So how did Jacob know 3000 years earlier?

“because of your father’s God, who helps you,
    because of the Almighty, who blesses you
with blessings of the skies above,
    blessings of the deep springs below,
    blessings of the breast and womb.” Genesis 49:25