(The writer is a navy commander (ret.), and a former head of division in the Israeli security services. A researcher and a lecturer in the security and maritime strategy, intelligence and cyber.)
Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 7 April 2020.
Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).
At the end of 2019, Turkey signed an agreement with Libya, which gave Turkey the control of Libya's maritime territory and established in practice a maritime "corridor" in the eastern Mediterranean.
Controlling the maritime territory will let Turkey control vessel movement, the natural gas reservoirs, and the gas pipes in the area. For example, the pipes need to lay down from Israel to Greece and Italy.
The agreement caused the dissatisfaction of the countries Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel, and France, as well as the resentment of the UN, which didn't approve the agreement. ...Read more