The determination that the Israeli infantry officer thought to have been captured is in fact dead has changed the trajectory of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, which now appears to be winding down.
Recent breakthroughs in Israel’s relations with its neighbors in southern Europe point to a sanguine outlook on the future for its economic relations in the Mediterranean, and Europe in general. Greece, Cyprus and Israel signed an agreement on March 4 to develop an underwater electric cable linking Israel’s energy reservoirs to the European continent, with the main cable stretching the 287 kilometers between Cyprus and Israel. The remaining cables will pass from Cyprus to the Greek island of Crete, and then onto the Greek mainland. The cost of the entire project will be about 1.5 billion euros by its expected completion in 2016.