The vessels, commonly known as the ＇Saar 6,＇ will be at the forefront of Israeli efforts to protect its 200-mile exclusive economic zone. The natural gas industry, seen as a national asset, is at the heart of those efforts.
Over a decade after finding sizeable reserves off its Mediterranean coast, Israel now generates some 60% of its electricity from natural gas, according to the national electric company, and has begun to export gas to its Arab neighbors Jordan and Egypt. Israel is also pursuing a project with Greece and Cyprus in hopes of creating an Eastern Mediterranean gas pipeline to Europe.
With so much at stake, Hezbollah has identified Israeli gas installations as high-priority targets.
The leading or most important position or place.
A militant group and political party that emerged in Lebanon following the Israeli invasion in 1982.
Hezbollah is a Shia Islamist political party and militant group based in Lebanon.