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Israeli-Turkish relations took a further knock this week when Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz all but ruled out any energy cooperation between the two countries, unless Israel agrees to a ceasefire and removes the blockade surrounding Gaza.
Partners in Israel’s largest offshore natural gas field, the 22 tcf Leviathan discovery have been in talks in recent months with a number of private Turkish companies to build a pipeline directly from the field to the Turkish port of Ceyhan (MEES, 28 March).
But at a press conference on 4 August, Mr Yildiz poured cold water on any such notions by saying: “If we build a natural gas pipeline from Israel or the eastern Mediterranean under these circumstances, the blood of innocent infants and mothers, not natural gas, would flow through it.”
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