If this is what Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu meant by regional peace, he was right. Well, at least partly.
His policies seem to be yielding the much-desired goal: peace and cooperation in our region. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, the famous inventor of “low-table diplomacy,” has declared Greece a strategically important country and spoke of “making Greece and [President Abdullah Gül's ‘half-state'] Cyprus distribution centers for Israeli natural gas in [President Gül's ‘miserable'] Europe.”
Some Greek Cypriots have suggested a security alliance with Israel. Recently, Israeli fighter pilots trained over Cypriot skies, and Jerusalem has stepped up naval patrols around the largest hydrocarbon fields, Leviathan and Tamar, off Cyprus where the U.S. Company Noble Energy is preparing to drill. Perhaps the Cypriot-Israeli security alliance is already a fact, not just a suggestion.
Meanwhile, Lebanon, which is technically at war with Israel (and where Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a hero for the folk but much less so for the Hezbollah), is in talks with Cyprus to pave the way for the ratification of a 2007 agreement freeing their offshore territories. In addition, Lebanon and Cyprus plan to construct a high-capacity submarine cable system between their territories. The network will provide connectivity to European destinations, forming a telecom bridge between the Middle East and Europe. All so nice, extremely cooperative, and regionally peaceful. Thank you, Professor Davutoglu.