Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu on 17 December put pen to paper and approved the country’s controversial natural gas framework agreement. This largely overturns a ruling 12 months from Antitrust Commissioner David Gilo that labeled US firm Noble and its Israeli partner Delek a monopoly (MEES, 2 January). Two petitions filed against the framework will be heard at the Supreme Court on 3 February, but those are not expected to further delay the framework’s implementation.

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