Coalition struggles to get votes to move gas deal forward

The coalition failed to enlist enough support for what was considered a referendum on its gas deal, leading to the vote’s postponement to overnight Monday.

The vote in question was regarding whether to transfer from Economy Minister Arye Deri to the full cabinet the authority to invoke a legal clause that could deem natural gas a matter of national security. Such a move would pave the way for the government to approve a compromise outline that officials and natural gas companies have been formulating for the past six months, in order to settle disputes that have largely frozen the sector.

Because Monday’s postponed vote is likely to be the only vote related to gas that will be brought to the Knesset’s plenum, the opposition came out in full force, using the 59-61 power dynamic to its advantage.


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