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Gaza gas deal could make improbable partners out of Israel and Hamas

By Hazem Balousha and Shira Rubin
November 25, 2022 at 7:07 a.m. EST

GAZA CITY — Europe’s race to secure alternatives to Russian energy supplies is reviving a long-forsaken Palestinian initiative to extract natural gas off the coast of the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Palestinian officials said that rapidly advancing negotiations with Egyptian investors could bring a rare glimmer of hope to Palestinians, after plans to develop Gaza’s gas — along with plans for the creation of a Palestinian state — were sidelined by more than two decades of grinding conflict with Israel and equally intractable Palestinian political divisions.

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