This article examines the claim that Israel’s natural gas exports from its Mediterranean gas fields will give geopolitical leverage to Tel Aviv over the importing countries. Using the geoeconomic tradition of Klaus Knorr and others who wrote about applying leverage using economic resources to gain geopolitical advantage, it is argued that certain criteria have to be satisfied for economic influence attempts, and that Israel’s gas exports do not satisfy these criteria. They include the importer’s supply vulnerability, the supplier’s demand vulnerability, and the salience of energy as an issue between both countries. Israeli gas exports to Egypt are used as a case study.
Geoeconomic Leverage of Natural Gas Resources in the Mediterranean: The Case of Israel
Ahmed Mahdi is a Lecturer in Political Science at the British University in Egypt, Cairo, and a member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA). Email: email@example.com
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Ahmed Mahdi; Geoeconomic Leverage of Natural Gas Resources in the Mediterranean: The Case of Israel. Contemporary Arab Affairs 1 December 2019; 12 (4): 141–155. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/caa.2019.12.4.141
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