Rivlin proposes bill for Knesset to vote on gas exports

November 7, 2013 13:42

There must be a public discourse via the Knesset about natural gas exports, MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud Beytenu) said Thursday, announcing that he proposed a bill to that effect.

Speaking at the Israel Democracy Institute Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society in Eilat, Rivlin said "the more public discourse in the Knesset is effective, less investigations are necessary."

"Every government decision effects generations, like gas distribution. They must undergo public discourse. This is our responsibility," he stated.

Rivlin's bill, which he submitted to the Knesset earlier this week, simply adds the words "with the authorization of the Knesset Finance Committee" to the Gas Law.

The legislation follows a High Court decision last month to uphold a ministerial vote to export natural gas discovered in the Mediterranean Sea.

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