Netanyahu weighs bringing gas plan back to Knesset

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering bringing the government’s natural gas plan to a vote in the Knesset on Monday, only days after his office said he would not do so.

Another option Netanyahu is weighing is asking the Knesset to authorize the transferal of authority to circumvent the Antitrust Commissioner’s opposition to the gas deal from Economy Minister Arye Deri to the full cabinet.

Article 52 of the Antitrust Law allows an Economy Minister to circumvent the antitrust commissioner’s objections if there were national security or foreign policy concerns. No minister has used it before; Deri refuses to be the first.


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