US Seeks Bidders for Israeli Port to Counter Chinese Middle East Clout
Countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkey are also sniffing around the asset, worth around $586 million.
China already operates a port in Haifa, which reportedly prompted Washington to get involved in the matter.
According to a source familiar with the subject, cited by Bloomberg, American officials have raised concerns with Israelis about Beijing’s clout, stipulating the importance of vetting the sale for security issues.
Talks between the US administration and American companies over submitting bids have gotten underway, Bloomberg reported.
US firms didn’t bid on a previous Haifa project that was eventually won by state-run Shanghai International Port Group in 2015.
But this time around, Israel is making a “special effort” to involve the Americans, head of foreign trade and international relations at the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel Dan Catarivas told Bloomberg.