High Court Too Busy for Gas Export Hearing

YERUSHALAYIM -

The High Court turned a deaf ear to state attorneys’ pleas for a hearing on the gas export policy this week instead of the postponed date of October 20, The Jerusalem Post reported.

An interim order has frozen the country’s gas export policy until the court determines whether the Knesset and not just the government has the authority to decide how much natural gas Israel should export.

In the meantime, a hearing scheduled for September 17 was put off until October 20, with no real explanation.

The state had requested that the court expedite proceedings to enable developers to begin extracting the gas which is expected to make Israel energy-independent. In a rare request last week, the government filed a formal motion asking the court to hear the case as originally scheduled, citing the great urgency of resolving the issues.

The court’s reply to the petition amounted to a contemptuous slapdown, saying that it was simply too busy, and the government could stand in line like everyone else until after the Chagim.