Gas deal still stuck despite Knesset approval

The Knesset voted in favor of the government’s natural gas outline 59-51 Monday, but it cannot move forward because the coalition could not get a majority on a critical vote to transfer Economy Minister Arye Deri’s authority on the matter to the full cabinet.

"This is a big day for the State of Israel," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said following the vote. "This will bring tens of billions of dollars to education, welfare and health and tens of billions of dollars in new investments in Israel."

The gas outline still cannot be implemented, because opposition from the antitrust commissioner and Deri’s refusal to use Article 52 of the Antitrust Law, allowing him to approve a deal despite that opposition if it is a matter of national security or foreign relations.


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