Israel-focused energy organization shifts to focus exclusively on Abraham’s accords
The Abraham Accords marked a major shift in Middle East diplomacy and provided a new opportunity for technology, security, and cultural exchange in the region. But a little-noticed side effect of the normalization agreements between Israel and five Arab nations – its potential consequences for the energy industry and the global climate – is now more visible.
Victoria Coates, a former Trump administration official and architect of the normalization agreements between Israel and five Arab nations, says the agreements would not have been possible if Israel had not started trading. production of natural gas in 2019.
“I think the Abraham Accords, without Israel’s shift in energy stance, would not have happened,” said Coates, who served as special advisor to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette in the Trump administration . Jewish initiate. Seizing this idea, she joined the advisory board of the Council for a Secure America (CSA), a non-profit organization originally founded in the 1980s. forge links between the American energy industry and the pro-Israel community, rewrite your mission to focus exclusively on pursuing the purpose of the Abrahamic Accords within the energy industry. According to the new mission statement, which was unveiled last week, CSA will work to connect people working in the oil and gas industry in the United States with their counterparts in Israel and the Gulf countries, and to educate American professionals about the benefits of working with Israel. .
The move underscores how diplomatic deals have also opened the door to lucrative business opportunities for energy companies in the United States and the Gulf countries.
Chevron last year acquired Noble Energy, a Houston-based company that has been a best investor in the Israeli energy sector. “What the Chevron Agreement meant was that American energy [companies] were no longer afraid to go to Israel. Historically they had been terrified, because the fear was, [if] you go to Israel, the Gulf was going to freeze you in a kind of boycott, ”Coates explained. With America’s largest energy company now invested in Israeli natural gas, the landscape has changed for the Gulf countries as well, Coates argued. “I think this will make Israel a very attractive partner for many of our Gulf allies,” she said.
CSA’s new mission comes as alternative forms of energy have gained ground in recent years, particularly in the wake of climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels. The organization worried about remaining relevant as political winds turned against the core of its mission.
“There is a major, major, major shift from fossil fuels to alternative fuels,” said Fred Zeidman, co-chair of the CSA board of directors and longtime oil industry leader and Republican activist. “We decided that we had to find a way to expand the agenda of the Council for a Safe America. What we couldn’t do was give up fossil fuels because that was 100% of our whole mission. Cooperating with the Gulf countries was an easy choice; energy is the main source of income for these countries.
The organization has a wide range of supporters – former Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) is a member of the CSA advisory board and was, in part, founded by Malcolm hoenlein, vice-president of the Non-Partisan Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. As a non-profit organization, CSA is also non-partisan. “I have been very encouraged by everything the new administration has said about their continued support for the Abrahamic Accords,” Coates said. “It is vitally important that it is bipartisan.
CSA joins the small but growing industry of think tanks and other non-governmental organizations seeking to advance the work of the Abrahamic Accords. The CSA plans to work with the Abraham Accords Institute for Peace, a non-profit organization founded earlier this year by former senior Trump administration officials Jared Kushner, Avi Berkowitz and Rob Greenway to increase trade and tourism between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco , Oman and Sudan – the countries that signed the agreements.
“We want to be in a place where, if one of our [in the oil industry] say, “Hey listen, I really have something I want to sell in Dubai or Oman”, that we can hook them up directly or with Rob [Greenway] and Victoria [Coates]”said Zeidman.
The organization also aims to strengthen America’s credibility within the energy industry. “For us, as an American institution, to be able to connect with both Israel and the Gulf and with the countries in the Eastern Mediterranean that are interested in these things and coordinate, it amplifies our role in this global market. fossil fuels, ”Coates noted.
The CSA does not intend to engage only with countries that were part of the Abrahamic Accords of last year. Coates has pointed the finger at Egypt, which has had a diplomatic deal with Israel for more than 40 years but has only recently seen an increase in economic cooperation, as evidenced by the Egyptian Minister of Energy recent visit to Israel. She also wants the CSA to help advance the Abrahamic accords: “I would have a lot of hope that Saudi Arabia would see things the same way,” she said.