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ENERGY AND ISRAELI FOREIGN POLICY: A Virtual Israel Center Series with Dr. Elai Rettig

Dr. Elai Rettig is the Israel Institute Teaching Fellow in Israeli and Environmental Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. In this three-part series, Professor Rettig will explore the interplay between energy security and foreign policy in Israel from 1948 to the present.

Each Zoom session is from 7 to 8 pm (CT). Cost for the series is $18.

March 1, 2021: “Angry at Moses – Israel’s Quest for Oil Since 1948”
Securing reliable oil imports has been a top national security priority for Israeli decision makers since the country’s establishment. How did Israel manage to obtain oil supplies during numerous embargoes and how did this shape its foreign policy and global weapons trade?

March 8, 2021: “Peace Pipelines or Energy Wars? – Israel Gas Politics in the Mediterranean Sea”
Major offshore natural gas discoveries in 2010 created many economic and foreign policy opportunities for Israel, but also set in motion a series of escalating clashes between the countries of the region. During this talk, we will discuss the politics over gas production and gas exports in the East Mediterranean Sea, and examine what options Israel has in the near future.

March 15, 2021: “Land of Milk, Honey, and Sunshine – Promises and Challenges for Renewable Energy in Israel”
As the world faces increasing environmental threats due to climate change, Israel was marked as a promising source of technological innovation in solar energy. What happened to that promise, and what are Israel’s chances of decarbonizing its own energy market?