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Israel, Egypt tighten energy ties

The natural gas pipeline agreement signed in Cairo mid-February has geostrategic importance that extends far beyond financial benefits to Israel.
Leviathan natural gas platform in the Mediterranean Sea
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When he arrived at the Regional Energy Conference in Cairo Feb. 14, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi did not sit down in his place. Instead, he went straight to Israel’s Minister of Energy Karin Elharrar, who was sitting in a wheelchair, and thanked her for coming.

Sisi's gesture was more than friendly. Egypt is changing its attitude toward Israel and working to broaden its economic and commercial ties with its neighbor.

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