The discovery of major natural gas fields offshore Israel and the Gaza Strip could foster regional cooperation.
Foreign Policy
February 23, 2015

In the past several years, major natural gas fields have been discovered in the Eastern Mediterranean. These discoveries have the potential both to transform the energy outlook of the countries in which they were found, and foster regional energy cooperation.

Foreign Policy at Brookings releases two new policy papers on the gas energy discoveries offshore Israel and the Gaza Strip by Fellows Tim Boersma and Natan Sachs. The first looks at the potential development of the Palestinian Gaza Marine gas field and its importance to the Palestinian economy. The second discusses the evolution of Israel's energy policy since large discoveries were made in Israeli waters, and the effect of this process on development of the fields, and possible regional cooperation.

In these policy papers, Boersma and Sachs make important contributions to understanding how to overcome the formidable diplomatic challenges of fostering energy cooperation in a region rife with long-standing tensions.

– Martin Indyk, Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy at Brookings

REUTERS/Amir Cohen - An Israeli gas platform is seen in the background as an Israeli Navy vessel patrols in the Mediterranean sea August 1, 2014.

The energy island: Israel deals with its natural gas discoveries

Natan B. Sachs and Tim Boersma

Israel's complicated relations with nearly all its neighbors render it an "energy island," severely limiting the potential for regional cooperation.

REUTERS/Mohammed Salem - A Palestinian woman lights a candle inside her house during a power cut in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip November 17, 2013.

Gaza Marine: Natural gas extraction in tumultuous times?

Tim Boersma and Natan B. Sachs

As tensions between the Palestinian territories and Israel persist, the development of the Gaza Marine field has come to a standstill.


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