The strategic-military significance of the recent discovery of extensive natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean works against Israel’s traditional reluctance to become a sea power. But any “turn to the sea” will require adopting a broad national and strategic mind-set in the face of cultural constraints that keep Israel tied to the land.
"Cultural Challenges for Israeli Sea Power in theEastern Mediterranean,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 74
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol74/iss2/5