Following up on Thursday’s pivotal security cabinet decision on natural gas, the full cabinet on Sunday morning voted to transfer to the government’s hands authority over a legal clause that deems the resource’s development a matter of national security.
"I am determined to promote a realistic solution that will bring gas to the Israeli market," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the cabinet meeting. "I will not capitulate to populist proposals that will leave the gas deep underground. We have already seen enough countries that succumbed to these pressures and the gas has remained in the ground. This cannot be allowed to happen here."