After Lebanon and Israel yesterday signed the maritime border demarcation agreement between the two countries, with American mediation, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid reiterated that this agreement is historic.
He believed the deal dealt a “hard blow” to Hezbollah and twisted his arm, mainly because in it the name of Israel was mentioned dozens of times.
“We have a deal in which the name of the state of Israel has been mentioned more than 20 times, this is a major blow to Hezbollah, “he said. in an interview with the Jerusalem Post newspaper, today, Friday, adding that the Iran-funded party was not at all satisfied with it, but was forced to do so. He accepted because he had no choice.
I have the arm of Hezbollah
He also added: “Lebanon was in dire need of it, and so we stayed in able to twist Hezbollah’s arm and push it to do something it wouldn’t do. “
Furthermore, he added, opposition claims that he would have given in too much to a Hezbollah-controlled state or acted in undemocratic way not bringing the agreement to the Knesset vote are groundless. He stressed that “everyone, from the Council of Ministers to the Supreme Court, has accepted the demarcation agreement”.
Lying and deceiving Iran
As for Iran, he saw that “lies and deceit” are the main tool of Iranian politics.
He explained that he was careful not to make public statements about the recent protests in Iran, “in so that the authorities would not use them against the demonstrators. “
The Lebanese and Israeli delegations yesterday signed the agreement in the border area of Ras al-Naqoura in southern Lebanon, in the presence of the American mediator, Amos Hochstein, while the Israeli government spokesman Ofir Gendelman considered this step an explicit recognition of his country.
It wasn’t easy
It is interesting to note that reaching this consensus was not an easy thing, in how much the negotiations started in 2020 have stumbled several times, before accelerating since the beginning of June in following the arrival of a production and storage vessel near the Karish field, which Lebanon considered to be located in a disputed area. .
But with the new agreement, the Karish camp has become completely on the Israeli side, while the Qana camp, which goes beyond the dividing line between the two sides, has been annexed to Lebanon.
Block 9, where the Qana field is located, will be an important one area exploration of the French Total and the Italian Eni, which have been awarded contracts for the exploration of oil and gas.
But despite the deal, many experts believe Lebanon is still a long way from extracting oil and gas resources and that it could take five to six years.
While the Lebanese authorities are counting on the presence of natural resources that would help overcome the catastrophic repercussions of the economic collapse that the country has been witnessing for three years, and the World Bank ranks it among the worst in the world since 1850, especially because over 80% of the Lebanese is below the poverty line, while the Lebanese pound has lost more than 90% against the dollar.
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