The Energy and Water Ministry has published the transcripts and protocols of the
inter-ministerial Committee for the Examination of Israel’s Natural Gas Policy,
which recommended a natural gas export framework to the government this
While the committee – headed by Energy and Water Ministry
director-general Shaul Zemach – recommended that the country export a maximum of
500 billion cubic meters of gas and ensure that 450 b.cu.m. are maintained at
home, environmentalists have been up in arms about these figures.
coordination with the Justice Ministry and the principles of the Freedom of
Information Law, Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom decided to make the
materials public on Tuesday.
“I ordered the publication of the
transcripts of the committee in order to maintain maximum transparency and to
allow the public to be exposed to the hearings,” Shalom said. “Transparency is
important to the discussion directors as is a business-like and respectful
dialogue on the subject of the uses of natural gas in Israel.”
transcripts of the Zemach Committee meetings are available on the Energy and
Water Ministry’s website.