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Lebanon and Israel finalize historic maritime border deal

The Cradle | October 11, 2022

Lebanon and Israel have agreed to a US-mediated maritime deal to demarcate the gas-rich blocks in the Mediterranean sea, seemingly putting an end to the prospect of an armed conflict.

In two separate statements by Lebanese and Israeli authorities, Beirut and Tel Aviv announced they have concluded all negotiations and will meet soon in Naqoura to sign the agreement.

“This is a historic achievement that will strengthen Israel’s security, inject billions into Israel’s economy, and ensure the stability of our northern border,” Israeli interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement on Twitter.

A statement released by the office of outgoing Lebanese President Michel Aoun claims the deal “is satisfactory to Lebanon and meets its demands,” adding that it “preserves [the nation’s] rights to its natural wealth.”

In details revealed by Lebanese daily newspaper Al-Akhbar, all obstacles that led to a recent spike in tensions have been resolved, as both countries compromised with regards to the legal language used in the final draft.

The newspaper reveals that both sides agreed that Israel will be paid royalties from the Qana prospect field. However, the money will be paid from the revenue generated from the French oil company Total, not Lebanon’s share of the revenue.

Map of the disputed maritime border between Lebanon and Israel. (Photo Credit: The Cradle)

As for the most pressing concern for both sides, Lebanon and Israel compromised in the legal language regarding the buoys deployed at sea to demarcate the various economic blocks.

According to the leaks, Lebanon insisted on adopting Line 20 while refusing to acknowledge that the line demarcates the maritime borders, but simply the blocks at sea.

Whereas Israel insisted on Line 31 which is going to be on the final draft between both countries.

Nonetheless, Lebanon will not acknowledge its effects on the land border demarcation, leaving the issue for indirect land-border negotiations.

In light of these developments, Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati met on 11 October with the Lebanese Minister of Energy, Walid Fayyad, and a delegation from Total.

The delegation included the Director of Oil Exploration and Production Laurent Vivier, who was informed about the results of the negotiations and received a request to start operations.

Total informed the Lebanese side that the logistics of exploration need time, promising to start “as soon as possible.”

Similarly, Israeli National Security Council Chairman Eyal Hulta announced that all of  Israel’s demands have been met.

“Israel’s security interests have been preserved. We are on our way to signing a historic agreement,” Hulta said.

According to Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz, the current state of alert at the norther border with Lebanon came as a result of credible intelligence information about Hezbollah’s plans to launch an attack had Israel started to extract gas from the Karish gas field before a deal was concluded with Lebanon.

Similar assessments were made by the foreign intelligence services of several western countries.

This attack would have fulfilled the promise made by the Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, who reiterated on several occasion that only mutual access to the gas reserves will be permitted.

“Israel, the US, and EU all know we are not bluffing. They have enough proof of that,” the resistance leader said during a televised speech in September.

October 11, 2022 - Posted by | Economics | , ,

8 Comments »

  1. The abrupt propagation wave of the Beirut explosion appears to be nuclear to me.

    Extortion by Israel, US and EU seem likely.

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    Comment by rediscover911com | October 11, 2022 | Reply

    • Yes, there was a secondary “Gas Ball” explosion immediately after the “so called” Ammonium Nitrate explosion (and Ammonium Nitrate, a widely used agricultural fertiliser, will NOT explode WITHOUT a ‘detonator’. That did not seem to get a mention when the Explosion was first reported.

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | October 11, 2022 | Reply

  2. “However, the money will be paid from the revenue generated from the French oil company Total, not Lebanon’s share of the revenue”.

    If I were the Lebanese PM, I would keep a very close eye on Total’s accounting process. The financial skullduggery that goes on behind the scenes/Tax Havens around the World, by the “1%” needs to be much more closely monitored than it actually is.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | October 11, 2022 | Reply

  3. Assuming ‘Line 20’ is the northern edge of the ‘Disputed Zone’ and ‘Line 31 is the southern edge’ judging by the statement; “Israel’s demands have been met”, the ‘Agreement’ is in Isarel’s favour. Lebanon loses out again against an avaricious, aggressive, arrogant, bullying, illegal squatter neighbour. It needs a UN Police Force operated by independent powers like China and Russia, to oversee the exploitation of these gas fields. Ideally, the borders should not cross the fields to avoid under-sea cross-border theft. Or is this deliberate?

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    Comment by jbthring | October 15, 2022 | Reply

    • “Ideally, the borders should not cross the fields to avoid under-sea cross-border theft. Or is this deliberate”?

      Do you mean like when the USA was stealing Iraq’s oil by “horizontal drilling” from Kuwait back in about 2003?

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | October 15, 2022 | Reply

      • Yes, good example. Now, of course, they are exploiting the entire basin. The squatter will no doubt be planning the same outcome unless a powerful country intervenes.

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        Comment by jbthring | October 15, 2022 | Reply

    • I thought the same thing…I don’t understand how Lebanon consider’s it a win when all enemies involved (US, is, french Total…) were part of this agreement? Looking at the map is first clue and how that came to be. Anytime the enemy is very happy to sign agreement tells everything.

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      Comment by Sparrow | October 15, 2022 | Reply

      • Lebanon needs to be unoccupied to make a ‘deal’ favorable to Lebanon.

        https://english.almanar.com.lb/1712570
        President Aoun Receives Congratulatory Call from French Counterpart on Final Version for Demarcating southern maritime Borders

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        Comment by Sparrow | October 15, 2022 | Reply


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