Publishing gas plan doesn’t solve political problem

The revelation of the government’s proposed gas deal Tuesday at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request did not appear to change a single vote in the Knesset. Netanyahu was forced to postpone a vote Monday night on a procedural motion that must pass before the gas deal can be brought to vote.

While the deal itself has a majority, the procedural motion did not, at least as of Monday night, and following the release of the deal, nothing had changed.

Economy Minister Arye Deri, who could singlehandedly bypass the vote on the procedural motion in the Knesset, welcomed the deal’s publication but said he would not cave in to pressure from Netanyahu to take the step.


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