Report: Israel Seeking to Demarcate Maritime Border in Areas Disputed with Lebanon

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Lebanese officials warned against Israel taking any “unilateral” steps in demarcating its maritime border in the areas near Lebanon, reported As Safir newspaper on Saturday.

Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth daily said that Israel is seeking to demarcate the maritime border in the area disputed with Lebanon through a draft law that will be proposed at the Knesset.

President Michel Suleiman's circles told As Safir that Lebanon will not recognize any “unilateral” Israeli action in this matter, stressing that the demarcation should abide by international rules.

“Israel's action should serve as a central unifying force for the Lebanese people that should drive them to fulfill all pending issues, especially the formation of a new government,” they added.

Meanwhile, Speaker Nabih Berri told As Safir that the United Nations should tackle demarcating the maritime border as it did the Blue Line land border between Lebanon and Israel.

The demarcation of the maritime border is included in U.N. Security Council resolution 1701, he noted.

“What is the purpose of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon's navy if it cannot demarcate the maritime border?” wondered the speaker.

Commenting on the dispute, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed that Lebanon is committed to demarcating the border of the Exclusive Economic Zone.

He warned of Israel's escalation if it goes ahead with adopting the law, demanding that the United States and U.N. take the necessary measures to confront the repercussions of this issue.

Head of the Loyalty to the Resistance bloc MP Mohammed Raad condemned Israel's action, calling on the people to remain diligent and protect their country's complete sovereignty.

“Theoretical and diplomatic slogans alone will not prevent Israel's assault,” he warned.

“Lebanon enjoys all means to deter Israel,” he said.

Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour remarked that Israel is trying to create a crisis with Lebanon through attempting to demarcate its maritime border.

“There are several methods to confront its action, starting with diplomatic and political efforts and even the act of resistance,” he added.

In November, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Amos Hochstein proposed the demarcation of the two countries maritime border by establishing a “maritime Blue line,” similar to the U.N.-drawn Blue Line that separates southern Lebanon and northern Israel, where the disputed zones would not be exploited by any of the two countries until the demarcation ends.

Oil and gas investments would kick off in the meantime in the undisputed areas, according to an understanding between the two sides.

Lebanon and Israel are bickering over a maritime zone that consists of about 854 square kilometers and suspected energy reserves there could generate billions of dollars.

Comments 15
Missing watan-libnan 21 December 2013, 10:58

Not one drop of oil or gas as long as we have theives in the lebanese government be they who ever m14 m8 psp whatever lebanons wealth is for all lebanese not just a few

Thumb benzona 21 December 2013, 14:39

exactly wantan-libnan. the oil is safer at the bootom of the mediterranean.

Missing peace 21 December 2013, 17:40

sure they are... like hezbollah is...

Missing phillipo 21 December 2013, 13:12

Israel is no doing anything illegal. Lebanon should just sit down with her and demarcate the international sea border together.

Thumb cedars2 21 December 2013, 13:20

Sounds so familiar to Shebba farms bedtime story.

Thumb cedre 21 December 2013, 15:24

+1 u nailed it man...

Thumb cedars2 21 December 2013, 13:22

“Lebanon enjoys all means to deter Israel,” he said.

Yes send the airforce and navy to deal with them or let Lebanon become a punching bag while they fire some grad rockets at empty plots of land.

Thumb cedre 21 December 2013, 15:23


Missing watan-libnan 21 December 2013, 14:34

They are all thieves show me one that isn't

Thumb kanaanljdid 21 December 2013, 16:54

Great, so why doesn't Lebanon sit with Israel to demarcate once and for all the maritime border?

Thumb -phoenix1 21 December 2013, 17:18

Given our current situation prevalent in the country, it would be best if our oil resources be placed under UN jurisdiction and all the income be paid directly to the Lebanese State coffers. Don't our politicians (M8 and M14) know of this possibility? Sure they do, but to them it means nothing and why? because the money won't go to their pockets, but to the state or the people of Lebanon.

Missing peace 21 December 2013, 17:53

M8 are in a haste to buckle up the oil deal because it is part of a larger middle eastern plan around the distribution of oil and gas.
"Russia is a major player in these gas wars. Its tight reins over the Syrian card and staunch support of the Syrian regime conceal its overriding desire to defend its strategic interests."
"Nabucco's success in providing an additional source of natural gas exports to flood the European market with a resource it badly needs has not yet been assured. The hope that it would do so had been — and still remains — the central goal of the cooperation between Turkey and Qatar. That cooperation, in turn, was embodied in the project to build an additional network tied to Nabucco route and, through it, to the European market. "

Missing peace 21 December 2013, 17:57

"The pipeline was to begin from Qatar, continue to Turkey and pass through Saudi Arabia and Syrian territory. The Syrian government rejected this project in 2009 under the pretext that it would harm the interests of its Russian partner .No doubt this refusal provided an additional impetus to Qatar and Turkey for the sake of moving forward in supporting the Syrian revolutionaries financially and militarily."

the syrian war started as the sunni community truly were getting poorer and discriminated but soon the major powers in the region jumped on this opportunity to fuel the conflict...

So the lebanese oil project that M8 is trying to make is just to side with russia and iran in their oil and gas distribution project....

Missing peace 22 December 2013, 00:30

"Mais malheureusement, au Liban, on ne fait pas la difference: les Americains veulent lutter contre le terrorisme et ne provoquent pas, comme on les accuse, ce que l'on appelle un choc des civilisations. En realite, ce sont les integristes musulmans qui sont hostiles aux autres civilisations aussi bien musulmane, chretienne que bouddhiste; ce ne sont pas les Americains qui appellent au Jihad. Ce ne sont pas eux non plus qui etablissent une classification religieuse dans leur pays; ils n'organisent pas des sommets religieux. Les Libanais doivent reviser leur politique et se remettre en cause en fonction de ces nouvelles donnees. Et puis les Americains ne sont-ils pas les parrains de Taef? Ceux qui ne misent plus aujourd'hui sur eux, pourquoi l'ont-ils fait par le passe? "
michel aoun

Missing peace 22 December 2013, 01:42

but when hariri criticized the syrian regime he got killed....
aoun praised the USA before he came back to lebanon , so at the time he was a patriot or a traitor according to you? LOL

funny you deny websites that tell the truth about middle east geopolitics... seems it does not fit your propaganda... but the facts are here...