Israel is one step closer to energy independence following the discovery of huge reservoirs of natural gas off its coast. The timing is perfect - only last year Egypt cancelled its contract to sell gas to Israel.
As EU energy policy and its wider strategy vis-a-vis Russia come under the spotlight, some smaller EU members are taking energy policy into their own hands. Sofia's aim of buying Israeli gas could be a case in point.
Past economic agreements with Israel have been controversial in Egypt, where support for the Palestinians runs high. But this major gas deal adds to growing strategic and diplomatic ties between the countries.
A spate of recent deals and gas finds in the eastern Mediterranean Sea has positioned Egypt to be a major energy hub. Turkey, which is flexing its military muscles, may be left out.
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