Israel turns to the sea

Yael Teff-Seker, Ehud Eiran, Aviad Rubin

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Since the mid-1990s, both the Israeli state and Israeli society have been developing and implementing several separate new policies regarding the country’s seas. These include the extraction of offshore hydrocarbons; expansion of the navy; massive desalination projects; and several legislative, planning, and zoning initiatives. Put together, these changes amount to a “turn to the sea” that profoundly affects Israel’s economy, foreign policy, and military. This article compares this shift to historical precedents, offering Israel as a template for a new, cumulative model that does not conform to the existing narratives of how polities have turned to the maritime domain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-630
Number of pages21
JournalThe Middle East Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2018

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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