Aoun, Berri, Hariri Warn over Israeli Threats

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President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri warned Wednesday over remarks by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman about an offshore gas site dubbed Block 9.

“What Lieberman has said about Block 9 represents a direct threat to Lebanon and its right to extend national sovereignty over its territorial waters,” Aoun said.

Berri for his part warned over Lieberman's statement and noted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Russia is “more than dangerous.”

“This requires all Lebanese to be vigilant and to cling to unity,” the Speaker added.

Hariri meanwhile noted that “Israeli officials have been addressing threats to Lebanon for several days now, the last of which was Lieberman's claim that Block 9 belongs to Israel.”

“This claim is wrong... and is part of Israel's expansionist and settler policies that are aimed at stealing the rights of others and jeopardizing regional security,” Hariri said.

“The Lebanese government will follow up on the motives behind these remarks with the relevant international authorities, to affirm its legitimate right to act in its territorial waters and to reject any encroachment wherever it may come from,” the premier added.

“Lieberman's remarks are a blatant provocation that is rejected by Lebanon,” Hariri went on to say.

Lebanon in December approved a bid for offshore oil and gas exploration off its Mediterranean coast -- a vision for years hampered by political instability and domestic wrangling.

That deal was awarded to the only bidder, an international consortium including France's Total and Russia's Novatek.

Lebanese officials say the country will start exploratory offshore drilling in 2019.

A major finding in Lebanon's southernmost waters could raise the possibility of a dispute with Israel, which is developing a number of offshore gas deposits, with one large field, Tamar, already producing gas, and the larger Leviathan field set to go online next year.

There are over 800 square kilometers of waters claimed by Lebanon and Israel, which are technically in a state of conflict. Israel and Hizbullah fought a fierce, monthlong war in 2006.

Comments 9
Thumb patriotic 31 January 2018, 16:35

we have the army and the resistance to defend Lebanon's right, despite lubnani.masi7i, s.o.s and co.

Thumb marcus 01 February 2018, 13:44

You have the iranian terrorist militia for one reason ya irani:

"zulfiquar :
Taef robbed the Shias to give to the Christians and that private army is here to reverse this."

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/241392-bassil-calls-for-elimination-of-sectarianism-formation-of-civil-state

Thumb galaxy 31 January 2018, 16:51

"we have the army and the resistance to defend Lebanon's right"

lol and that is why your terrorist militia is fighting everybody in the Middle East except Israel.

Go to Iran ya heretic.

Thumb janoubi 31 January 2018, 16:58

he already is in Iran.

Thumb s.o.s 31 January 2018, 17:06

Aoun, Berri, Hariri. A winning trio of M8 crooks, Syrian agents, Iranian subjects, and thieves.

Thumb ashtah 31 January 2018, 17:24

52 minutes ago Energy Minister Abi Khalil: Lebanon will utilize all the available means to fend off the Israeli violation declared today by Lieberman about Block 9. We will not allow anyone to restrict Lebanon.

lol does that include declaring war on Israel and using your air force and navy?

Thumb tric.portugal 31 January 2018, 19:42

the Envagelicals of USA after roubed Jerusálem to the Cristhians to give to the God of Torah, now autorizated the Jews to destroy the Cristhianity of Lebanon...

Thumb tric.portugal 31 January 2018, 19:42

the Envagelicals of USA after roubed Jerusálem to the Cristhians to give to the God of Torah, now autorizated the Jews to destroy the Cristhianity of Lebanon...

Thumb whyaskwhy 31 January 2018, 23:53

“This requires all Lebanese to be vigilant and to cling to unity,” the Speaker added. Well I dont know about you guys but I am heeding the call, I will be watching my gas after this! lol