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Why Hezbollah won't torpedo Lebanon's maritime border talks with Israel

Israeli sources believe that Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah realizes how important it is for economically failing Lebanon to reach an agreement with Jerusalem on its maritime border and the extraction of natural gas.
Lebanese protesters sail in boats with slogans affirming Lebanon's right to its offshore gas wealth, near a border-marking buoy between Israel and Lebanon in the Mediterranean waters off the southern town of Naqoura, Sept. 4, 2022.

Security and political sources told the Israeli press Sept. 8 that the extraction of natural gas from the undersea Karish gas field would not be launched this month, but rather in mid-October. The reason for the delay is unclear at present. Energy Minister Karin Elharar said Sept. 8 that the possible delay was due to the complexity of installation operations. While the reason for the delay seems to be technical, it nonetheless dissipates to some extent tensions that have been building up in recent weeks, following the threats of Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah against Israeli drilling.

Nasrallah’s latest public threat came Aug. 9, when the leader of Hezbollah warned the group would not sit idly by if Israel continued using the natural gas it had discovered near the maritime border with Lebanon.

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