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Zev Chafets

A New Med-East Forum Is About More Than Just Gas

Regional cooperation on a new gas pipeline is both good economic strategy and a way of fostering broader cooperation.

Blue-sea thinking.

Blue-sea thinking.

Photographer: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

There is a new regional organization in the Middle East and, for once, that’s good news.

Last week, in Cairo, the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum was introduced to the world. The EMGF will include Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority. Its goal is to foster cooperation among parties with an interest in the creation and maintenance of a multi-billion-dollar energy ecosystem.