From Theodor Herzl forward, few Zionist visionaries didn’t dream of economic cooperation between Zionists/Israelis and the Arabs. “The Jews have made us rich. Why should we scorn them?” says the one Arab character in Altneuland, Herzl’s fictional portrayal of a future Jewish state.

The vision changed according to the economic circumstances of the two sides, but for most of the time it’s been about Arab oil and the wealth it generates teaming up with Jewish/Israeli brains. Even after Israel discovered its first significant natural gas reserves 20 years ago, nobody really talked seriously about an Israeli-Arab energy partnership.

But that is exactly what is happening, even it’s happening as the era of fossil fuels creeps into its twilight years and alternative energy takes over.

The latest manifestation of

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