Diplomatic source reveals: The solution is a temporary shipping line that makes it easier for exploration companies

  Diplomatic source reveals: The solution is a temporary shipping line that makes it easier for exploration companies

| Thursday 21 July 2022

Daoud Rammal - Akhbar Al Yawm

 Israel's urgency to finalize the southern maritime boundary demarcation file is part of not making matters worse, which prevents Tel Aviv from starting extraction from the Karish field and selling gas to Europe .

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid's speech to US envoy Amos Hochstein that he wanted a quick solution to the border demarcation showed, according to a diplomatic source, that "the issue of producing and selling Karish goes beyond the risks of halting production and sales in all fields discovered in the occupied Palestinian sea, with companies working in these fields starting to send signals about the possibility of stopping work with increasing risks in terms of security"

Are we witnessing an acceleration of indirect negotiations for maritime demarcation?

The diplomatic source answers: "According to Dorothy Shea the US Ambassador to Lebanon, there are positive signs in the demarcation file and progress has been made, despite the drones launched by Hezbollah towards the field. of Karish, who have created a new reality that is being absorbed. The Israeli response to the Lebanese proposal may be delayed due to Israeli governmental reality, and Israeli Energy Minister Karen Al-Harrar, during of her meeting with Hochstein on the sidelines of US President Joe Biden's tour of the region, gave signals, which the US side describes as positive, and this is what Lebanon has been informed," she said. .

But when will Hochstein return to Lebanon, The source points out that "as soon as Hochstein's visit is announced, his arrival will serve as an indicator to translate positive developments, progress in the border demarcation file, and a rapid return to the indirect negotiations of Naqoura under the UN flag and with the American facilitation of the agreement on the maritime line, which can be a blue maritime line, that is to say temporary and not definitive, facilitating the start of the investment operations in preparation for extraction, especially on the Lebanese side.

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