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Delek Group Ltd., controlled by Yitzhak Tshuva, and its partners in a petition against the state filed with the Jerusalem District Court are calling on businessman Yosef Maiman to forego the tax exemption granted to Egypt’s East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG), in which Maiman is a partner through Ampal-American Israel Corporation and his private company Merhav MNF Ltd.
Last week, Merhav MNF said in a statement that EMG was eligible for the exemption even without the treaty that awarded it.
According to Ofer Tzur, the attorney for Delek and its partners: “If the claim by the third party [Merhav] is correct, that there is no improper discrimination in this case, then we hereby challenge the third party: Ask for the cancellation of the sweeping exemption, which gives it a huge advantage in the naturalgas market over the petitioners, and remove all concerns about improper discrimination.”
Delek and its partners filed the petition after Globes revealed that, as
part of a 2006 treaty between Israel and Egypt, EMG was given a
sweeping exemption from taxes in Israel for 20 years. Delek claims that
discriminates against gas produced in Israel compared with gas imported
Two weeks ago, Tshuva told the Knesset Economics Committee: “It has
recently been discovered that Israel granted a 20-year exemption to
Egyptian gas suppliers. Is it conceivable that, instead of encouraging
Israeli gas, we should create discrimination?” He called on the
committee to set up a work team to recommend “equitable terms for all
Merhav MNF said in response: “Merhav will have nothing to do with the
campaign waged against it in Globes in violation of all ethical rules.”