Israel officially launched its 2nd offshore bid round this week. Just a year after the 1st round flopped, has enough changed to attract international oil firms?

Israel is proceeding steadfastly with a 2nd offshore bid round, launching it 12 months after the first licensing round received just two bids for six blocks, all located in the country’s northern offshore near existing discoveries (MEES, 24 November 2017).

This time the Energy Ministry is grouping the 19 blocks on offer...