Israel’s prime minister pitches fiber optic cable idea to link Asia and the Middle East to Europe | EUROtoday

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Israel’s prime minister on Sunday floated the idea of constructing infrastructure tasks resembling a fiber optic cable linking nations in Asia and the Arabian Peninsula with Europe via Israel and Cyprus.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned he’s “quite confident” such an infrastructure “corridor” linking Asia to Europe via Israel and Cyprus is possible.

He mentioned such tasks might occur if Israel normalizes relations with different nations in the area. The 2020 U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords normalized relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and the Biden administration is making an attempt to set up official ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

“An example and the most obvious one is a fiber optic connection. That’s the shortest route. It’s the safest route. It’s the most economic route,” Netanyahu mentioned 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 in the wake of discoveries of serious pure fuel deposits in the financial zones of each Israel and Cyprus.

Netanyahu repeated that he and Christodoulides are wanting to observe via 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 act as an power provide back-up for each Israel and Cyprus.

“You want to be connected to other sources of power that can allow a more optimal use of power or give you power when there is a failure in your own country,” Netanyahu mentioned. “That is something that we’re discussing seriously and we hope to achieve.”

Another power link includes a Cypriot proposal to construct a pipeline that will convey offshore pure fuel from each Israel and Cyprus to the east Mediterranean island nation the place it could be gasoline for electrical energy turbines or doubtlessly be liquefied for export by ship.

Christodoulides mentioned given Europe’s want for power diversification in gentle of Russia’s conflict in Ukraine, Cyprus and Israel are wanting to growing “a reliable energy corridor” linking the East Mediterranean basin to Europe via tasks together with fuel pipelines and liquefied pure fuel (LNG) processing crops.

Netanyahu mentioned his authorities absolutely backs a European determination to create a regional hearth preventing hub in Cyprus from which plane and different know-how could possibly be dispatched to assist put out fires in neighboring nations.

“The climate isn’t going to get cooler. It’s going to get hotter. And with, you know, with the heating up of our region and the globe, firefighting becomes a really important thing. We can I think we can do it better together,” the Israeli chief mentioned.

Talks between 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 mentioned are burgeoning ties that Netanyahu described as “a deep friendship, both personal, but also between our nations” that’s “real” and “long overdue.”

https://www.the-independent.com/news/world/americas/us-politics/ap-benjamin-netanyahu-cyprus-europe-asia-b2404158.html