The economic war being conducted by Russia against Turkey provides some opportunities for the United States if it chooses to take advantage of them. However, according to Al-Monitor, a website that covers all aspects of what is going on in the Middle East, Israel is already poised to make a diplomatic and trade breakthrough with Turkey.
Israel has uncovered a great deal of proven natural gas reserves in its offshore Tamar and Leviathan fields. The Jewish state has enough gas to supply its own needs and have plenty left over for export, an astonishing turn of events, as Israel has traditionally been an energy importer, dependent on Iran before the fall of the Shah and then the United States.
The problem is that the Israelis have had difficulty finding customers for their natural gas. Egypt had been a possibility, but then another gas field was discovered off the coast of that country. Now Egypt will become self-sufficient in energy, as well. In any case, the worldwide glut of natural gas has depressed prices, casting doubt that developing Israel’s gas fields for export would be worthwhile.
The dust-up between Turkey and Russia, as a result of the shootdown of a Russian jet by the Turkish Air Force, has been a godsend for Israel. Turkey would be a ready-made customer for Israeli natural gas. The trick will be to repair relations between the two countries that have been strained since the Israel Gaza War of 2008-2009 and have turned positively chilly because of the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010.