The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

JINSA: Israel’s Gas Discoveries are an American Strategic Asset Worth Protecting

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In “Don’t Pass (on the) Gas,” JINSA visiting fellow Gabriel M. Scheinmann seeks to convince the U.S. government that it’s in its interest to support Tel Aviv’s claim to the disputed gas discoveries in the eastern Mediterranean:

Washington’s interest in ensuring unfettered Israeli exploitation of its gas discoveries ought to be clear. First, revenue from gas sales would not be going to prop up problematic regimes, such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, or Libya, but instead would fill the coffers of democratic allies such as Israel and Cyprus. Second, unlike energy supplies from the Persian Gulf, gas from the eastern Mediterranean would not have to traverse politically precarious maritime straits. Third, a race for resources amongst surly states with domestic difficulties (Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt) can only lead to instability.

The U.S. Navy, which frequently makes port calls in Haifa, should play a strong role in deterring challenges to Israeli gas development. It can also share with its Israeli counterpart its Persian Gulf-honed expertise in protecting shipping lanes, oil rigs, and pipelines. In mid-October, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro visited the Solitaire, the world’s largest pipe-laying ship, which is laying underwater pipelines to carry gas from the Tamar field to Israel. On deck, Shapiro expounded that the U.S. was “extraordinarily proud of the energy cooperation this represents between the United States and Israel…all in the service of stronger Israeli economy, stronger Israeli-American economic relations.” Israel’s gas finds can indeed be a strategic, economic, and political boon for Washington, as long as it does not pass on them.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

November 22, 2011 at 4:20 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. The end user for the product is Europe and the best deal they could cut would be with a Lebanese partner rather than a Zionist usurper.

    If the US is getting involved it is solely to benefit Israel at the behest of the Jewish lobby.

    Or as JINSA puts it:

    “all in the service of stronger Israel”

    A boon for Washington?


    I don’t think I’ll buy that line.


    November 22, 2011 at 4:36 am

  2. If only the U.S. had more national security advisors with your scepticism.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    November 24, 2011 at 4:53 am

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