The Gaza War’s Impact on Energy Security in the East Mediterranean

Rrior to the Gaza war, natural gas discoveries in the East Mediterranean offered attractive prospects. As Israel boosted its gas production from 16.11 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2020 to 21.92 bcm last year, it expanded energy cooperation with Egypt. Washington, meanwhile, brokered a historic maritime boundary deal between Israel and Lebanon allowing the two to commence gas exploration and drilling in once-disputed waters. On the surface, the region appeared to be entering a phase of energy cooperation and security. Then came Israel’s war with Hamas.

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