Netanyahu: Israel seeks to supply gas to Europe via Cyprus

extend/ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, during a meeting of the Israeli government, that his country intends to work on a project to supply gas to Europe via Cyprus.

The prime minister noted that he agreed with Cypriot President Nicos Christodoulides, whom he met on Thursday, to continue developing the Israeli-Cypriot-Greek Alliance of Middle Eastern Democracies.

Netanyahu said: “The alliance we created a few years ago holds very important prospects, especially with regard to Israel’s position as an energy power. The project we focused on is the supply of gas from Israel to Europe via a gas pipeline from our gas fields to the gas liquefaction plant that will be built in Cyprus.” This link will take the Israeli economy to the next level and strengthen Israel’s position as an important international energy supplier.”

According to Netanyahu, organizing an efficient and inexpensive gas delivery from Israel to Europe will greatly strengthen his country’s position.

In January 2020, Greece, Cyprus and Israel signed an agreement to build an East Mediterranean gas pipeline (EastMed), as through this gas pipeline it is planned to supply energy carriers from the Israeli “Leviathan” field and the Cypriot “Aphrodite” field through the islands of Cyprus and Crete to the mainland. Main to Greece, and in the future to transport gas to Italy.

The United States initially actively supported the project because it reduced the European Union’s dependence on Russian gas and reduced Russia’s presence in the region, but then withdrew its support, citing environmental reasons, and the financial failure of the project. Turkey talks about the fact that the pipeline will create tension in the region, Where it was built.