Haaretz: A new American offer to demarcate the border with Lebanon, amid Israeli optimism

Haaretz newspaper revealed today, Monday, that the US envoy in charge of the maritime border file between the Israeli entity and Lebanon, Amos Hochstein, presented a new offer to solve the border demarcation crisis, regarding the specific path along which the border will pass.

According to the newspaper, Israel, with its security and political levels, is optimistic about the recent US proposals regarding border demarcation and the chances of reaching an agreement on these proposals.

The American mediator carried proposals for the border line “23”, which the newspaper described as the middle line between Lebanon’s demands on its southern maritime borders and the Israeli demands. The newspaper claimed that the American proposal is closer to the Lebanese demands than to the Israeli demands, knowing that Israel demanded that the change be towards Lebanon and not near the coast, with the aim of ensuring a greater “defensive space” for Israel in the face of potential threats from within the sea near the Lebanese coasts.

According to the “Haaretz” website, Israel was ready to make concessions, given that this would contribute to the crystallization of maritime relations between the two parties in the future, while it insisted in spite of that to keep the entire “Karesh” field within the Israeli maritime borders, which is what the US proposals include this week. Past.

Israel also suggested making “concessions” to Lebanon in everything related to the demarcation of the borders of the Lebanese Qana field, on the grounds that the start of gas exploration in Qana would help in stabilizing Lebanon, according to the expression used by the Israeli Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz recently, when he said: In the event that gas exploration begins in two offshore platforms, one for Lebanon and the other for Israel, the two countries will have an interest in ensuring that the two platforms continue to operate without disturbance.

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