Israeli Energy Policy

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At just over sixty years old Israel is one of the youngest Developed nations in the world. Israel is also America’s longest standing ally in the Middle East. Israel is roughly slightly smaller than New Jersey located and is in the Middle East. Its neighbors are Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Israel has had a tumultuous relationship with its neighbors since its beginning. Israel has a population of over 7 million people and a growth rate of just over 1.6 percent (CIA). Israel’s position in international affairs is contentious because of ongoing strife concerning the Palestine and its sovereignty .One thing that sets Israel apart from its neighbors is that unlike most other Middle East countries that have an abundant supply of oil Israel does not. “Overall, around 410 oil wells have been drilled in Israel since the 1940s, with little success” (Jewish Virtual Library). Israel’s current production of oil is less than four thousand barrels a day; while its consumption is 108.354 thousand barrels a day (U.S energy Admin.).Israel is a small country that has faces many challenges .Because of its precarious position amongst its not so friendly neighbors Israel spends a great deal on defense. Israel has some of the highest military spending per capita in the world. Israel also faces other internal issues, for instance a lack of fresh water supply and limited arable land. Israel’s Energy policy whatever it maybe is inextricable intertwined with its security needs .Israel for the most part is striding to become much more energy independent not just because the increasing cost of imported energy but also for the sake of its national security.

Up until recently Israel has not counted with a great amount of natural resources. Israel does have though abundant amounts of clay, sulfur, potash, copper, sand, manganese and asphalt. In regards to electricity production Israel currently has a capacity of about 11,000 megawatts (Oxford analytical).In order to...
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