Why Did Israel’s Supreme Court Stop the Deal to Exploit the Country’s Off-Shore Gas Reserves?

April 15 2016

Last month, Israel’s High Court of Justice struck down the deal Prime Minister Netanyahu concluded with two energy companies to begin drilling for and exporting natural gas located beneath the country’s coastal waters—a deal arrived at after more than six years of wrangling with both private corporations and the Knesset and capable of yielding considerable diplomatic and economic benefits. Akiva Bigman examines the court’s opinion, written by its vice president, Elyakim Rubinstein, and finds it irrational to the point of incoherence, arguing that it is a particularly egregious example of Israel’s imperious judiciary flexing its muscles:

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More about: Israel & Zionism, Israeli economy, Israeli gas, Natural Gas, Supreme Court of Israel

 

The U.S. Has Managed to Force a Stalemate in the Syrian Civil War, at Least for Now

In a little remarked-upon statement in May, James Jeffrey, the State Department’s envoy for Syria policy, said that his goal was to turn the war-torn country into “a quagmire for the Russians.” By using economic leverage, this policy has achieved modest success, writes Jonathan Spyer:

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More about: Bashar al-Assad, Russia, Syrian civil war, U.S. Foreign policy