Strategic Implications of Israel's Natural Gas Finds

(Jewish Ideas Daily) Alex Joffe - Trillions of cubic feet of natural gas have been discovered in several fields off Israel's coastline. Gas-receiving terminals include the infrastructure to process raw natural gas and remove contaminants, as well as storage tanks and links to distribution systems. They may also include facilities to create liquefied gas for transportation and storage by radically reducing its volume. Such facilities have the explosive potential of small nuclear weapons. In Israel's case, any such facility will automatically become a major target for adversaries ranging from Hamas to Iran. Already the single pipeline carrying natural gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan has been repeatedly attacked, and Israel's electrical power stations at Hadera and Ashkelon have been targeted by, respectively, Hizbullah and Hamas rockets.

2011-07-22 00:00:00

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