Israel’s PM pitches fiber optic cable idea to link Asia and the Middle East to Europe

PM  Benjamin Netanyahu floated the idea of building infrastructure projects such as a fiber optic cable linking countries in Asia and the Arabian Peninsula with Europe through Israel and Cyprus. | file photo

PM  Benjamin Netanyahu floated the concept of constructing infrastructure tasks comparable to a fiber optic cable linking nations in Asia and the Arabian Peninsula with Europe by way of Israel and Cyprus. | file picture
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Israel’s Prime Minister on Sunday floated the concept of constructing infrastructure tasks comparable to a fiber optic cable linking nations in Asia and the Arabian Peninsula with Europe by way of Israel and Cyprus.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated he is “fairly assured” such an infrastructure “hall” linking Asia to Europe by way of Israel and Cyprus is possible.

He stated such tasks may occur if Israel normalises relations with different nations within the area. The 2020 U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords normalised relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and the Biden administration is attempting to determine official ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

“An instance and the obvious one is a fiber optic connection. That is the shortest route. It is the most secure route. It is probably the most financial route,” Mr. Netanyahu stated after talks with Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides.

The Israeli chief’s pitch is itself an extension of proposed power hyperlinks with Cyprus and Greece as a part of rising collaboration on power within the wake of discoveries of serious pure fuel deposits within the financial zones of each Israel and Cyprus.

Mr. Netanyahu repeated that he and Mr. Christodoulides wish to comply with by way of on plans for a 2,000-megawatt undersea electrical energy cable often called the EurAsia Interconnector connecting Israel with Cyprus and Greece that goals to behave as an power provide back-up for each Israel and Cyprus.

“You need to be related to different sources of energy that may permit a extra optimum use of energy or provide you with energy when there’s a failure in your individual nation,” Mr. Netanyahu stated. “That’s one thing that we’re discussing critically and we hope to attain.”

One other power hyperlink includes a Cypriot proposal to construct a pipeline that might convey offshore pure fuel from each Israel and Cyprus to the east Mediterranean island nation the place it will be gas for electrical energy turbines or probably be liquefied for export by ship.

Mr. Christodoulides stated given Europe’s want for power diversification in gentle of Russia’s struggle in Ukraine, Cyprus and Israel wish to growing “a dependable power hall” linking the East Mediterranean basin to Europe by way of tasks together with fuel pipelines and liquefied pure fuel (LNG) processing vegetation.

Mr. Netanyahu stated his authorities totally backs a European resolution to create a regional hearth combating hub in Cyprus from which plane and different know-how could possibly be dispatched to assist put out fires in neighbouring nations.

“The local weather is not going to get cooler. It’ll get hotter. And with, you understand, with the heating up of our area and the globe, firefighting turns into a extremely essential factor. We will I believe we are able to do it higher collectively,” the Israeli chief stated.

Talks between Mr. Christodoulides and Netanyahu precede a trilateral assembly with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday.

Since 2016 such conferences between the leaders of the three nations have grow to be a staple of what they stated are burgeoning ties that Netanyahu described as “a deep friendship, each private, but in addition between our nations” that’s “actual” and “lengthy overdue.”