The Russians and Canadians are already there to provide the technical infrastructure for the extraction. The geopolitics of energy will change the power structure of the middle east forever, as it is foreseen that the Israeli fuel will be fed by pipeline to Cyprus and on to Greece and the rest of Europe. As the U.S. becomes energy self-sufficient by the end of the decade, Saudi Arabia will be sidelined. An era of increasing Chinese-Israeli cooperation and joint development in food technologies, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals and transportation is to be anticipated.
The falafel (deep-fried ground chick-peas) on pita, with do-it-yourself stuffings of cole slaw, pickled beets, onions, tahini sauce and hot peppers, the national dish, is alive and well in the Jerusalem bus terminal. They give out free samples to tempt and entice the crowd to buy more – and it works. The shwarma, the other national dish adapted from the Turks, is now mostly chicken, grilled on a vertical spit and sliced, when crisp, onto hot pita with the same stuffings. If you look hard, you can still find lamb, but the chicken, garlicky and tasty, and healthier, is taking over, as in New York and Athens. The British Doner Kebab vendors, the mainstay of Oxford students, still use a mixture of lamb and beef on request, but is more expensive.
From the Haifa port, not far from the Bahia Gardens that tumble elegantly down the hill, one can see the rapidly growing Israeli version of Silicon Valley. Apple now does much of its design and development work there, and Microsoft has extensive facilities there also. With nearby beaches, a favorable climate, and a Mediterranean café culture, it is attracting talent from everywhere, but especially from the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology just a short distance up the hill to its growing campus.