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Herzog hangs his hat on natural gas issue

During the election campaign, Zionist Camp leader Isaac Herzog concentrated on a diplomatic agenda, but now, following the electoral failure, he tries to position himself at the forefront of the natural gas debate.
An officer points as he stands on a tanker carrying liquefied natural gas in the Mediterranean, some 10 km (6 miles) from the coastal Israeli city of Hadera January 22, 2014. Permanently anchored in the choppy waters of the eastern Mediterranean, the tanker Excellence is in a constant state of alert, waiting for the emergency phone call that Israel needs fuel. The gas, imported and stored in liquid form on the tanker, can be "regassified" and pumped through a special buoy into an underwater pipeline, provid
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Isaac Herzog, opposition chairman and Zionist Camp leader, has been trying in recent days to spearhead the opposition to the gas compromise hashed out between the state and the gas companies — a compromise that the diplomatic-security Cabinet endorsed on June 25.

Several huge natural gas reservoirs were discovered offshore between 2009 and 2012. Since then, the government has been struggling to establish a balanced policy that sees the public interest as well as the struggle for social justice and recognizes the great deal of money the rich gas companies invested in those reservoirs.

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