After more than three months of tension, the file demarcating the maritime borders between Lebanon and Israel is reaching a turning point today after receiving a proposal from a US mediator.
The distribution of written submissions to the highest figures of the Lebanese state, government and parliament of resolutions relative to North American negotiator Amos Hochstein reinforces the positive atmosphere of the past weeks toward a resolution of the dispute.
After several meetings and visits from both sides, Hochstein sent a version of the agreement with an emphasis on maritime borders and the scope of the Exclusive Economic Zone for Lebanon and occupied Palestine, as well as oil and gas wells and deposits, he said. disclosed. Al-Diyar.
According to reports, the President of the Republic, Michel Aun; The designated prime minister, Najib Mikati, and the head of the legislature, Nabih Beri, will exchange next week on the technical and logistical details of the US mediator’s text to take Lebanon’s official position.
Given this scenario, Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, stressed that following the delivery yesterday of Hochstein’s proposal to national authorities through the US ambassador in Beirut, Dorothy Shia, Lebanon faces critical days in the demarcation of maritime borders. Is.
The Secretary-General of Lebanon’s Islamic Resistance stressed that, if the file of dispute with Israel reaches a necessary and good outcome for the country, “it will be a product of unity, cooperation and national solidarity.”
From Tel Aviv, Israeli media assured that negotiations to demarcate maritime borders resulted in Nasrallah’s victory in the battle for awareness.
Jackie Houzi, a Middle East affairs writer and commentator at the Maariv daily, stressed on Twitter that the Hezbollah chief is not a participant in the talks mediated by the United States, but he has not been excluded from them.
“Now you can say: Thanks to my threats, Israel has shown resilience. Without me, Lebanon’s rights at sea would have been taken away,” Housie said.
Lebanon defends a unified position with respect to Line 23 and the entire Qana region, a disputed oil and gas-rich area of approximately 860 square kilometres.
According to analysts, for most Lebanese, the ability to invest and harness their oil and gas wealth will lessen the impact of the economic and financial crisis.
The presence in early June of the Energean power platform in Israel’s service with occupied Palestine on Lebanon’s southern border intensified a maritime dispute with Tel Aviv, on hiatus from May 2021 after five rounds of talks.