Israel’s Leviathan Energy Prize: Where Will The Gas Go?

Israel is finally emerging as a natural gas player in the Mediterranean. In the last week of January, the Israeli Navy conducted a complex drill simulating attacks on the country’s offshore oil and gas infrastructure. The exercise included coordinated operations between dozens of naval vessels and aircraft, and even incorporated a live-fire missile test against an abandoned cargo vessel (imitating an enemy transport filled with Hamas or Hezbollah militants). Israel’s week-long “Raging Sea” operation comes on the heels of two joint military drills with Cypriot forces held in November and December – presumably to protect the region’s newest and most valuable energy asset – the Leviathan offshore gas field.