Foreign Involvement in Strategic Infrastructures Requires Clear Guidelines (INSS)

IDE Technologies, which specializes in water treatment solutions, won the bid for construction and operation of the Soreq 2 desalination plant. According to a May 24, 2020 Finance Ministry statement, the Israeli company was chosen over Hong Kong-based Hutchison on the basis of pricing considerations. The media, however, cast the decision as accession to a demand by the United States relayed during the recent visit to Israel by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who warned against Chinese involvement in infrastructures. Despite the sense of relief, the resolution of the Soreq 2 affair has postponed but not eliminated a crisis between Jerusalem and Washington. The Israeli government has therefore won a reprieve in which it can take action now so as to prevent a future crisis.

Galia LaviShira Efron

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