Eilat: Multiple conflicts in an inherently uncertain environment

Eran Feitelson, Alon Elgar

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Ports are often at the center of conflicts regarding the use of coastal areas and their management. Yet, it is often impossible to forecast the future development patterns of a port due to its dependence on shifting international relations and markets. Such inherent uncertainty complicates the management of coastal areas affected by the port. This article looks at how such a case is being addressed in Eilat, Israel's Red Sea port. The development of Eilat's port has been a function of the changing geopolitical situation in the Middle East. At the same time it is in the center of a number of local conflicts involving the management and planning of Israel's Red Sea coast. Evaluation of the two alternatives proposed to address these conflicts is hampered by the inherent uncertainty regarding the port's growth patterns. The use of robust evaluation techniques is suggested as one way to address inherent uncertainties.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)357-369
Number of pages13
JournalCoastal Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991


  • Evaluation
  • Geopolitics
  • Israel
  • Red sea
  • Uncertainty


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