Turkey-Israel Relations and the Ceyhan-Ashkelon Oil Route

One of the reasons Obama wanted Turkey and Israel to normalize their relations was the Baku-Ceyhan and the Ashkelon-Eilat pipelines.

Ceyhan Eilat Mini 100

For the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline see wikipedia


and for Ashkelon-Eilat pipeline see wikipedia


The Baku-Ceyhan pipeline is the only oil pipeline that the Americans have managed to construct so far, in order to send Caspian Sea oil to the Mediterranean Sea, following the route Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey.

The Ashkelon-Eilat pipeline is an Israeli pipeline, that crosses Israel from the Mediterranean Sea to Israel’s Eilat Port, the only port that gives Israel access to the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and South Asia.

To make a long story short, the Americans can send Caspian oil to the Mediterranean Sea with the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline, and they can send oil to South Asia with the Ashkelon-Eilat pipeline, bypassing Iran and China, but also Afghanistan’s war zone, since the Americans did not manage to find a working solution in Afghanistan after many years of war. Also note that a significant part of the oil transportation takes place through pipelines, which keeps transportation costs low.

Wikipedia Eilat Map

The route Ceyhan-Ashkelon is already in use, however it is important for Israel and Turkey to normalize their relations in order to ensure the safe transportation of oil. Syria and Lebanon, which are located between Turkey and Israel, are Iran’s very close allies, and they are actually controlled to a certain degree by Iran. Both Assad, the Syrian dictator, and Hezbollah in Lebanon, are very close to Iran. Moreover, Russia has a naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus.

Therefore tensions between Turkey and Israel, in what is already a war zone, is not good news for the safety of the Ceyhan-Ashkelon route, which is basically the Baku-South Asia bypassing Iran-Afghanistan and China route.

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