الخلاف البحري اللبناني - الإسرائيلي
June 14, 2022 - يبدو أن لبنان على استعداد لتقديم تنازلات للإسرائيليين في نزاعه المستمر منذ عشر سنوات بشأن حقل غاز كاريش، والتنازل عن مطالبته به في مقابل حقل مجاور، في أعقاب خسارة الجماعة المسماة “حزب الله” الأغلبية في البرلمان.
U.S. energy envoy Amos Hochstein is holding discussions in Beirut at the invitation of the Lebanese government after the Greek-owned energy company holding the Israeli lease for the Karish gas field sent a vessel to the area to begin work.
In 2021, the Lebanese government dominated by Hezbollah and its allies had changed their negotiating position on its territorial claim to take in an additional 1,400 square km including the Karish gas field, the so-called Line 29. Until 2020, Lebanon’s dispute with Israel focused on a more modest 860 square km bordered by Line 23. Recent indications from Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s office suggest that they do not have “the technical foundations on which to construct a case for Line 29 because previous governments had failed to produce formal documentation to maintain this position”.
However, Iranian-backed Hezbollah has said that it is willing to take action if Israel continues oil and gas exploration within Lebanon’s recently-expanded maritime claim.
- What's at stake in the Lebanon-Israel maritime dispute? (The New Arab)
- Energean Sanctions Karish North Gas Field Project. Gets $700M Loan (OEDigital)
- Lebanon preparing to offer compromise on maritime spat with Israel, officials say (Reuters)
- Israel Looks To Drum Up Interest With Upstream U-Turn, Lebanon Threats Loom