(October 11, 2022 / JNS)
“Yair Lapid shamefully surrendered to [Hezbollah chief Hassan] Nasrallah’s threats,” Netanyahu recently stated, adding: “He is giving Hezbollah sovereign territory of the State of Israel with a huge gas reservoir that belongs to you, the citizens of Israel.”
Israel recently set up a rig at Karish, where gas was set to begin flowing in September but was delayed in order to give the talks more time, and amid repeated threats of war by Nasrallah.
The Israel Defense Forces has been on high alert amid concerns that Hezbollah will attack Karish, after the Iranian terror proxy threatened to fire missiles at the installation if Israel extracts gas before an agreement is reached.
On July 2, Hezbollah sent three unmanned aerial vehicles in the direction of Karish, all of which were intercepted by the IDF. Nevertheless, Jerusalem on Sunday gave the green light to Greek-British energy company Energean to begin testing its ability to transfer natural gas at the rig.
On Tuesday, two senior Lebanese officials were quoted by Reuters as saying that Nasrallah had “agreed” to the terms of the maritime border deal and considered related negotiations “over.”
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