One of several constants in Israel’s foreign, economic, and defense interests and policies has to do with its immediate maritime neighborhood; the Eastern Mediterranean. All of its Arab neighbors, save Jordan, are coastal countries and thus have Territorial Waters and Exclusive Economic Zones from which to extract energy resources. Israel’s one gaz derricks are vulnerable to attacks by Hezbollah and Hamas. It has to navigate between Turkey, Greece and Cyprus and wants to strengthen its ties to Egypt, Italy and France. Israel is also mindful of events in Libya, which relate to Russia’s Mediterranean push centered on Syria. A lot of circumstances to take care of in this body of water impacting mankind since time immemorial. So how does the new Israeli government intend to frame and pursue its strategy in the Eastern Med?
Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, TV7 Analyst and Host of Watchmen Talk. – Dr. Eran Lerman, Co-host TV7 Middle East Review, Vice President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security and a Lecturer at Shalem College, Jerusalem. – Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak: research fellow at the JISS and Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University