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28 Oct 2022 5:11 pm

Israel and Lebanon have settled their dispute over gas reserves off their shared coast. The Hezbollah chief described the deal as a major victory for Lebanon. Hezbollah has repeatedly announced that it would start a war with Israel if Lebanon does not prevail in the negotiations.

Israel and Lebanon signed an agreement on their maritime border in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday. The agreement was mediated by the United States. Israeli Prime Minister Jair Lapid signed the agreement in Jerusalem, and Lebanese head of state Michel Aoun in the presidential palace near Beirut, both sides announced separately.

This is a political success, Lapid said on Thursday. “It’s not every day that an enemy state recognizes the State of Israel.” Lapid made the comments at the start of a cabinet meeting where the Israeli government approved the treaty.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Thursday night that the sea border deal with Israel was a major victory for Lebanon and could not be seen as a normalization of relations with Israel, as some have claimed.

Israel and Lebanon are still officially at war and have no diplomatic relations.

Under the treaty, Tel Aviv and Beirut have agreed that the Karish gas field is Israeli-owned and the larger Kana gas field is mostly in Lebanese waters with only a small portion on the Israeli side. It can only be exploited by Lebanon, Israel is compensated financially.

Nasrallah has repeatedly threatened Israel that the resistance group’s rockets are aimed at the Karish gas field in the Mediterranean Sea. Hezbollah has recently made it clear that it would not allow the Israeli government to exploit the Karish gas field until Lebanon and Israel agree on a maritime border agreement. On November 1st there will be parliamentary elections in Israel. In the event of a victory, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu had already announced that he wanted to terminate the agreement.

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