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Private Israeli-Palestinian Gas Deal Still Hostage to Politics

A billion-dollar deal signed this month involving an Israeli natural gas field and a Palestinian power firm marked a rare private-sector victory over political conflict, but it may need top-level support to succeed. Palestinian officials say implementation will depend on guarantees by the governments of both sides, whose mutual distrust has grown amid troubled U.S.-backed peace talks. The deal's Palestinian backers say Israel has pledged that any future political or security crisis...

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