Israel and Lebanon reach a “historic agreement” on their maritime border
After months of negotiations mediated by the United States, both countries applaud the agreement that will allow them to exploit gas in the Mediterranean
“Historic agreement” between Lebanon and Israel. The two enemy countries, through US mediation, have managed to agree on their shared maritime borderafter months of negotiations. Despite the limits of this pact, the announcement comes to lighten the economic and security concerns of both countries. Furthermore, Israel is preparing to hold elections in three weeks while, in Lebanon, the political class scores a point amid constant accusations of inaction.
Israel has been the first to confirm. “This unprecedented deal will strengthen our security, boost our economy and bring cleaner, more affordable energy to countries around the world,” the Prime Minister announced. strong>Yair Lapid on Twitter. Later, it was the Lebanese president, Michel Aoun, who has accepted the final proposal of the United States although it has not yet been officially announced. As he enjoys the last few weeks before his term expires on October 31, Aoun has described the final version as “satisfactory for Lebanon, especially as it meets with Lebanese demands”.
Israel and Lebanon have reached a historic agreement to settle our maritime boundary dispute.
This unprecedented deal will strengthen Israel’s security, bolster our economy and deliver cleaner, more affordable energy to countries around the world.
— יאיר לפיד – Yair Lapid (@yairlapid) October 11, 2022
For his part, Hizbullah, the Lebanese militia and political party with parliamentary representation, has shown its support for the State's position and has assured that it has not “interfered” in the negotiations. Thus, this Tuesday, the authorities of the three countries have distanced the ghosts of a possible regional war that the tension caused by the inability to reach an agreement had generated. The pact resolves aterritorial dispute at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea.
In the area, Lebanon intends to explore whether there are pockets of natural gas, which could help alleviate the economic suffocation suffered by its population. In nearby waters, Israel has already found commercially viable amounts of hydrocarbons. Hezbollah already threatened to use force against Israel if it explored the search for gas near the disputed area before Lebanon could.
Far from a peace agreement
it will not be until in two weeks when the Israeli government approve the final draft of the agreement. In the midst of the electoral campaign for the fifth elections in three years to be held next November 1, Yair Lapid celebrates an agreement to place on the altar of his political career tica. Lebanon and Israel are officially at warsince the creation of the Hebrew State in 1948. As neighboring countries, both claim some 860 square kilometers of the Mediterranean Sea. On both sides of land and sea borders, politicians from every country are capitalizing on this success at a time when they really need it.
The deal still must work through both political systems. Not easy. Up to Israeli AG, courts, and voters — internal matters for Israelis. For US interests, a resolution that allows gas for Lebanon and more gas for Israel to flow without risk of conflict is a win. 10/10
— Dan Shapiro (@DanielBShapiro) October 11, 2022
Also from the United States, they celebrate as a victory the resolution that allows both Israel and Lebanon to obtain gas without risk of conflict. Furthermore, in some way, this agreement implies a de facto recognition of Israel and its borders. Until now, Lebanon does not recognize the existence of the State of Israel and, therefore, its legitimacy to exist. The powerful presence of his archenemy Hezbollah In the country, which this year marks four decades of “resistance”, it has been one of the great deterrents to any rapprochement between the two countries. Now, this recognition may limit Hezbollah's freedom of action.