Report: Satterfield Admits Block 9 Belongs to Lebanon, Suggests 'Giving Something' to Israel

W460

Assistant U.S. Secretary of State David Satterfield admitted during negotiations with Lebanese leaders that the offshore gas Block 9 belongs to Lebanon as he urged them to "give something" of it to Israel, al-Hayat newspaper reported.

Official sources informed on the negotiations also told the daily in remarks published Sunday that "Lebanon has a study and maps for the disputed maritime area that allow it to say that it owns an area exceeding the declared 860 square kilometers."

"Some aspects of the maps were discussed during the meeting of the Public Works Parliamentary Committee on Thursday," the sources added.

Lebanon this month signed its first contract to drill for oil and gas in a pair of offshore zones, including one that Israel says belongs to it.

The United States has sought to mediate the disagreement, with Satterfield meeting with top officials in Lebanon since February 6.

A consortium comprising energy giants Total, ENI, and Novatek has pledged to begin drilling off of Lebanon's coast by 2019.

Total has said that the dispute between Lebanon and Israel over Block 9 only covers eight percent of its surface area.

But Lebanese officials have said the whole zone belongs to Lebanon, and Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has insisted it is solidly in Israeli territory.

Comments 12
Thumb canadianleb 18 February 2018, 17:57

Am I reading this right? The US is suggesting Lebanon give something to Israel Lebanon should give them something alright.... what a joke

Thumb justin 19 February 2018, 13:32

the US is suggesting nothing! A media report is.

Thumb canadianleb 18 February 2018, 17:57

Am I reading this right? The US is suggesting Lebanon give something to Israel Lebanon should give them something alright.... what a joke

Thumb s.o.s 18 February 2018, 18:42

I recommend we give them something, I think 172.000 Palestinians would do it, right?

Thumb whyaskwhy 19 February 2018, 15:28

We can afford to give them a lot more than that SOS we have about 1.5MM Syrians and about 15,000 Iranians they can have to boot.

Thumb cedar 18 February 2018, 18:57

The whole zone is Lebanon's. The only thing we will be giving them is absolutely Nothing.

Missing sanctify 19 February 2018, 07:49

Strange that a comment defending Lebanon's rights gets 2 thumbs down! Makes me wonder, how many of us Lebanese are really Lebanese.

Thumb whyaskwhy 19 February 2018, 15:29

Its the Iranians that usually get the thumbs down.

Thumb i.report 18 February 2018, 20:38

Maybe, I say maybe that the 8% of disputed maritime territory could be used to finance the palestinians on both sides of the border? Ils sont les dindons de la farce comme les kurdes.

Missing phillipo 19 February 2018, 16:25

This dispute is partly responsible that Egypt is buying billions of $'s worth of Israeli gas, and not at least a part of it, Lebanese gas.
One of these years, Lebanon might learn, only might, that it is a great deal more advantageous to Lebanon to be at peace with Israel than at war.

Thumb gigahabib 19 February 2018, 17:10

Zionism at its most shameless.

Thumb warrior 20 February 2018, 03:23

shiism at its most brilliant.