Opposition leader MK Shelly Yechimovich (Labor) condemned the Finance Ministry’s
intention to raise the quantities of natural gas available for export on
“Natural gas is a critical strategic resource, and
its export will hurt the economic strength of Israel and its energetic
security,” Yechimovich said in a statement released by her office, charging that
exporting natural gas would lead to more expensive electricity at home.
opposition leader went on to criticize Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for
making decisions “contrary to the opinion of energy professionals,” calling his
vision “short-term” and subject to gas tycoons.
“This is against the
national interest of the Israeli public,” Yechimovich said. “I intend to issue a
bill that will ensure that Israeli citizens, Israeli industry and the energy
market benefit from the natural treasures of Israel.”