Israel proposed an infrastructure “corridor” linking Asia with Europe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides (Iakovos Hatzistavrou/Pool via REUTERS) (POOL/)

Israel raised this Sunday the idea of build infrastructure projectssuch as a fiber optic cable linking the countries of Asia and the Arabian Peninsula with Europe.

The first Minister Benjamin Netanyahu He said he was “fully confident” in the viability of the project, which he said would be carried out through Israel and Cyprus.

He also stated that such projects could be carried out if Israel normalizes its relations with other countries in the region. The 2020 Abraham Accords, sponsored by the United States, normalized relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, while the administration of Joe Biden is trying to establish official ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

“One example, and the most obvious, is the fiber optic connection. It is the shortest route. It is the safest route. It is the cheapest route, ”Netanyahu said after his talks with the Cypriot president. Nikos Christodoulides.

The Israeli president’s proposal is itself an expansion of proposed energy ties with Cyprus and Greece as part of growing energy collaboration following the discovery of major natural gas fields in the Israeli and Cyprus economic zones.

Netanyahu repeated that he and Christodoulides intend to go ahead with plans for a 2,000-megawatt undersea power cable, known as the EurAsia Interconnector, connecting Israel with Cyprus and Greeceand which is intended to serve as a reserve energy supply for both Israel and Cyprus.

“You want to be connected to other energy sources that can allow more optimal use of energy or give you power when there is a failure in your own country,” the Israeli prime minister said. And he added: “That is something that we are seriously discussing and that we hope to achieve.”

In 2020 Greece, Israel and Cyprus signed the agreement on the EastMed gas pipeline (REUTERS / Alkis Konstantinidis)
In 2020 Greece, Israel and Cyprus signed the agreement on the EastMed gas pipeline (REUTERS / Alkis Konstantinidis) (ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS /)

Another energy link has to do with a Cypriot proposal for build a pipeline that would transport offshore natural gas from both Israel and Cyprus to the eastern Mediterranean island nationwhere it would serve as fuel for electricity generators or could be liquefied for export by ship.

Christodoulides stated that given Europe’s need for energy diversification in light of Russia’s war in Ukraine, Cyprus and Israel are studying the possibility of developing “a reliable energy corridor” linking the eastern Mediterranean basin with Europe through projects that include gas pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing plants.

Netanyahu said his government fully supports the European decision to create a regional firefighting center in Cyprus from which aircraft and other technology could be sent to help put out fires in neighboring countries.

“The weather is not going to get cold. It’s going to be hotter. And with the warming of our region and the planet, the fight against fires becomes something really important. I think we can do better together.”said the Israeli president.

Talks between Christodoulides and Netanyahu precede a trilateral meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakison Monday.

Since 2016 such meetings between the leaders of the three countries have become a staple of what they said are blossoming ties that Netanyahu described as “a deep friendship, both personally, but also between our nations” that is “real.” and “for a long time.”

(With information from AP)