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Peres’s students in Cairo and Riyadh

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Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi never misses an opportunity to talk about Egypt’s self-sufficiency in natural gas and ability to export it around the world. Despite this, gas is imported from Israel at high speed. The Egyptian President’s ministers issue statements constantly regarding the “gas boom” that will turn the country into a major global player on the energy production map. However, the details of new import agreements with Israeli companies are spreading.

What we deduce from this is that the term “self-sufficiency” is defined as producing a product on one’s own, on one’s own land, to a degree that is sufficient to cover one’s own consumption and still have a surplus, all of which, therefore, prompts one to think of exporting it. To leave the door wide open to imports by means of long-term agreements and contracts, though, completely destroys the idea of self-sufficiency and raises questions about the purpose of........

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