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Energy Consortia Bid on Israeli Offshore Opportunities

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16 Jul 2019
Energy Consortia Bid on Israeli Offshore Opportunities
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat on Monday when two separate business groups submitted bids to the government for the right to explore for oil and natural gas in the waters off Israel’s coast. “Several years after the natural gas deal was passed, there are three international groups – based on European and American companies – that will seek to develop the gas and oil resources of the State of Israel,” said Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz. “We are continuing to act to transform Israel into a regional energy power.”

Turkey Increasingly At Odds With Western Allies
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Monday that the Russian-built S-400 air defense system his military recently began receiving components of will be deployed to defend the country’s airspace in April of 2020, despite the tensions the NATO members purchase of major weapons systems from Russia is causing with its Western allies. In related news, Germany and Austria announced on Monday that they are considering economic sanctions on Turkey over its recent decision to start exploring for natural gas in the territorial waters off the island nation of Cyprus, an EU member.

Israeli Sports Fans Have Much to Celebrate
Israeli club football (soccer) teams won some convincing victories in recent days, advancing in the Champions League qualifying round and delighting their fans. Meanwhile, Israel’s 2016 Olympic Judo bronze medalist Ori Sasson won a gold medal at the Budapest Grand Prix tournament this week. Elsewhere, Israel’s Under-18 baseball squad overcame Belgium 8-5 to win the European Championship qualifiers in Stockholm, earning a spot in next year’s European Championship tournament. Finally, Also in recent days, track athlete Selamawit Dagnachew secured a spot at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:08.39 in Kortrijk, Belgium. Finally, Israel’s Paralympic rowing team won several medals at the 2019 World Rowing Cup III in Rotterdam.

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