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Israel to Withhold Gas Exports to Protect Domestic Supplies

  • Country needs to have enough fuel for its own use, Adiri says
  • Growth in shipments would be welcomed in Europe amid crisis

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Israel said it’s unlikely to expand natural-gas exports even as countries across Europe clamor for more supply amid a severe energy crunch.

A government committee responsible for gas policy won’t recommend raising export quotas until more reserves are found, Udi Adiri, chair of the group and director-general of the Energy Ministry, said by phone. That will ensure the country has enough energy for its own use, he said.