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State asks High Court to allow Knesset vote on gas deal

The government has turned to the High Court to ask that it not issue an injunction on a Knesset vote planned for tomorrow on a deal with an energy consortium to develop Israel’s natural gas fields, Israel Radio reports.

The gas deal outline was rushed to a vote late last month after the discovery of a massive gas field in Egypt, which could undercut Israel’s own gas finds.

The Movement for Quality Government in Israel had petitioned the court to stop the vote until Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon receives a legal opinion on which parts of the gas deal he needs to refrain from over conflicts of interests, according to the report.

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