Netanyahu denies colluding with tycoons over gas deal, vows to break monopolies

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied a report in Friday’s Ha’aretz that suggested that his decisions about how to handle offshore natural gas fields were compromised by his relations with US billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

The report revealed a letter Adelson wrote Netanyahu in August 2014 in his capacity as chairman of the US Chamber of Commerce’s US-Israel Business Initiative. The letter appears to urge steps favored by Noble Energy, one of the controlling owners of the Tamar natural gas field.

"I don’t work for any tycoon," Netanyahu wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. "I am prime minister of Israel, and I work for you, for the security of Israel and the welfare of all of its citizens."


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