Why we pay more at the pump

The lack of malapportionment in Israel's democracy contributes to the ever-rising price of gas.

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September 5, 2012 12:01
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Person filling car gas tank [illustrative]

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This past Saturday night, at 11:20pm, I pulled into my local gas station. Normally at that hour there might be one or two other cars, but this time the place was packed: lines at every pump as roughly a dozen cars descended on the place. All of us wanted to fill our tanks at the last moment before gasoline prices rose at midnight by yet another 30 agorot per liter (30 US cents per gallon).

With gas prices now at a record high of 8.25 shekels per liter (about $8.25 per gallon, though for 95 octane), journalists have been quick to remind us that we pay more at the pump than in most other countries.

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