Finance and energy ministers praise move to bypass Knesset in decision on energy independence; opposition MKs bemoan ruling
The Times of Israel, 21 October 2013
The High Court of Justice on Monday backed a government decision to export 40 percent of the country’s offshore gas finds, rejecting demands that the matter be legislated in the Knesset.
The decision to reject the petition was reached by a majority vote, with only two judges – Elyakim Rubinstein and Salim Jubran – voting in favor of accepting it. High Court President Asher Grunis, Deputy President Miriam Naor, Justice Edna Arbel, Justice Esther Hayut and Justice Noam Solberg, on the other hand, opted to reject it.
The court began reviewing the case against the government decision to export 40% of Israel’s natural gas in August.