Lawrence Solomon proudly flaunts Israel's smart use of "gas diplomacy" to build new partnerships globally (India, China and most of Africa) and in the neighborhood (e.g., Greece, Cyprus, Albania, Romania and Bulgaria). Excerpt below:
Focus on Israel and it appears to be a tiny isolated country surrounded by a sea of hostile Arab nations. Zoom out, though, and it is the Arab nations that are revealed to be isolated, increasingly surrounded by age-old adversaries, most of which have growing ties to Israel. With Israel’s hydrocarbon (gas) assets continuing to grow, and with Israel’s military and intelligence assets remaining dominant in the region, Israel’s periphery diplomacy has emerged as one of the country’s remarkable achievements.