June 17, 2014

Netanyahu's Pivot to China

Jon Emont, Tablet Magazine

The Associated Press

A primary hurdle to Israel’s “Asia pivot” is that Israel’s infrastructure is oriented westward; it is designed to handle Mediterranean, not Red Sea, trade. Even though there are major advantages to shipping goods from Asia to Eilat, underdeveloped Red Sea infrastructure means that, aside from a few niche products, shipping between Israel and Asia goes via Israel’s Mediterranean ports.

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TAGGED: China, Middle East, Israel, Suez Canal, Egypt, Red Sea


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