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Netanyahu demands credit for passing gas deal

During a discussion in the cabinet, Netanyahu demands credit for passing the contentious natural gas deal, according to an audio recording from the meeting.

“I think this is an important, even historic step for the Israeli economy, and especially its citizens,” he says, noting that plaudits for the deal belong first and foremost with Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz.

Turning to Steinitz, he says, “As energy minister you worked vigorously, tirelessly, creatively, and I really appreciate that and think that the citizens of Israel should appreciate your contribution.”

After Steinitz says a few words, during which he fails to reciprocate with praise for Netanyahu, the prime minister says wryly, “Perhaps there was someone else who also contributed to the gas outline?”

“There were many,” Steinitz agrees, apparently slow to understand what Netanyahu is getting at.

“Perhaps there was another one?” The prime minister chuckles.

“I’m talking only about those who did the work in the last few days,” Steinitz maintains. “I’m not mentioning all the offices.”

But there is another person who deserves thanks for the deal, Netanyahu presses, “there is the prime minister.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz exchange words at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, May 22, 2016 (Emil Salman/POOL)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz exchange words at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, May 22, 2016 (Emil Salman/POOL)

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