$4 Billion Gas Deal Drips With Irony
Jeffrey C. Borneman | October 21, 2014
In one of history's more dramatic twists of fate, Israel and Egypt have signed a $4 billion, seven year natural gas deal whereby Israelis will ship gas to Egypt through the very pipelines which Egypt once used to ship gas to Israel - prior to the sabotage of the Morsi government and the Israeli discovery of oceans of gas off its own coast.
According to the natural gas company Tamar, "Experts estimate the deal to be worth over $4 billion (3.13 billion euros)," as reported by Arutz Sheva.
It didn't take Israel long to sign the deal with Egypt after the Knesset agreed to export 40% of its huge gas finds. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said exports "would bring in some $60 billion to state coffers over the next 20 years." Israel's natural gas finds are expected to sharply reduce its dependence on imports and allow Israel to become a major player in the Middle East Energy market.
The routes through which Energy sources flow may adapt in ironic ways, but the burning need and Demand do not. Egypt and Israel had been operating under the historic 1979 Peace Accord until President Mubarak was ousted and replaced by Moslem Brotherhood-backed Morsi for one year only, during which time relations between the two countries 'soured.' The Egyptian economy all but disintegrated under the weight of declining Energy and tourism revenues. This new deal with Israel is the largest trade agreement between the two periodic foes, and therein lies the irony: Israeli's traversed the oil-rich Middle East only to end up on the one strip of land that appeared to have no Energy resources and, now Egypt, once an exporter of gas to an Energy hungry Israel, must rely on its former customer for Energy imports.
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