Analysis The Pipeline Connecting Israeli Tycoons, Mideast Politicians and Daily Consumers

The Tamar and Leviathan offshore natural gas discoveries in effect reshuffles the deck that Jerusalem is playing with and stacks it in Israel's favor. Overnight Israel obtained the opportunity to shape the map of alliances in the Middle East to its will.

The launching on Saturday of the natural-gas pipeline flowing from the Tamar offshore field to Israel Electric Corporation power plants and to Israel's manufacturing plants is good news. True, electricity rates won't come down so quickly - the delay is to help cover the...