By David Dolan
Israeli energy officials have unveiled plans to lay an electric cable on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea that will connect Israel's energy grid with the small island nation of Cyprus. At the same time, Israel will join Cyprus in laying down another underwater line to Greece.
In announcing the joint project, Israeli Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau said, "Israel will be able to receive backup power from Cyprus and Europe, and in the future, we will be able to provide them with energy." The chairman of a large Cypriot energy company told reporters the electricity line will bring many benefits to his island country, saying, "Cyprus will cease being an isolated island and instead supply a steady flow of energy in and out of the country." He predicted that Israel would become "a major energy provider to the European continent." Energy Minister Landau concurred, saying that huge natural gas deposits discovered in recent years under the seafloor between Israel and Cyprus will not only fulfill most of Israel's energy needs, but will also allow the Jewish state to become a major energy exporter.
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