Changes on the ground have relegated the fragile unification process to the sidelines. As ever, Libya’s vital oil and gas sector remains a hostage to politics.

Libya’s General Khalifa Haftar is not interested in reaching a political deal with the Tripoli-based government, at least not for now. He’s getting what he wants on the ground. Since launching his operation to provide “security” to southern Libya (MEES, 18 January), the de facto leader of rival...