With neither Israel nor Lebanon acknowledging the historic deal, Washington and Moscow are said to have orchestrated this ‘no longer secret’ Israel-Lebanon gas deal in order to undermine Iran’s control over Lebanon.
By Debbie Mohnblatt, The Media Line
Israel has reportedly signed a secret agreement to supply natural gas to energy-starved Lebanon, through Egypt, Jordan and Syria.
Amos Hochstein, the U.S. senior adviser for energy security, brokered the deal signed on Saturday in which Israeli gas may end up in Lebanon, Israeli media reported.
Gas would be pumped from the Leviathan offshore extraction station, 81 miles west of Haifa, and shipped via a pipeline through Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian territory. Continue Reading »
Following the visit to Beirut by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the speaker of Lebanon’s parliament indicated Lebanon was prepared to settle its maritime border dispute with Israel, but under the supervision of the U.N.
By Dima Abumaria, The Media Line
Talk of the demarcation of a maritime border gathered steam with the visit to Beirut last month by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The speaker of Lebanon’s parliament indicated Lebanon was prepared to set a maritime border with Israel under the supervision of the United Nations.
Israeli offshore gas fields
During an April 23 meeting in Beirut with Maj.-Gen. Continue Reading »
In formal letter of protest to the UN Secretary General, EU foreign policy chief, Cyprus, Italy and Greece, Lebanon’s foreign minister, Gebran Bassil asks for them to honor Lebanon’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), emphasizing to the Greek FM that Beirut will not permit its sovereignty to be violated.
Lebanon on Thursday warned its Mediterranean neighbours that a planned EastMed gas pipeline from Israel to the European Union must not be allowed to violate its maritime borders.
Beirut has an unresolved maritime border dispute with Israel – which it regards as an enemy country – over a sea area of about 860 sq km (330 square miles) extending along the edge of three of Lebanon’s southern energy blocks. Continue Reading »
Mainstream media is neglecting how Arabs are turning to social media, acknowledging a common foe in Iran & Hezbollah, and how it’s bringing Israel and much of the Arab world together.
By Israel Today Staff
While Syria, Iran and Russia are busy threatening Israel over its alleged strike on an Iranian air base in central Syria, much of the Arab world is encouraging the Jewish State to keep up the pressure.
Most of the Arab world views Iran as a major threat, just as Israel does. The Islamic Republic seeks regional hegemony, and its military foothold in Syria is cause for serious concern. Continue Reading »
An Israeli military spokesman had no immediate comment to foreign charges that IAF jets left 14 dead, including Iranians, after the Syrian T4 airport was attacked by missiles launched from F-15 fighter-jets.
By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
The Russian Ministry of Defense accused Israel of bombing an air base in Syria overnight, the Russian news agency Interfax reported on Monday. Syrian state media also accused Israel of carrying out the strike.
“The Israeli aggression on the T4 airport was carried out with F-15 planes that fired several missiles from above Lebanese land,” Syrian state news agency SANA said. Continue Reading »
A spokesman for the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon said that since the current situation along the Israel-Lebanon border is “very sensitive” both sides have been holding meetings “almost on a daily basis… The dialogue is open. No one has ever walked out.”
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
Lebanon and Israel have been holding near-daily talks over the border dispute that has raised tensions between them, according to the U.N. peacekeeping force that is mediating their discussions.
“There is a full engagement from all the sides and there have been meetings almost on a daily basis. The dialogue is open. Continue Reading »
Beirut signs contract with multinational consortium to drill for oil & gas off its coast, including in Block 9 according to their maps, an area which Israel has long patrolled and defended as part of it’s territorial waters.
By Ben Ariel, Canada
Lebanon on Friday signed its first contract to drill for oil and gas off its coast with a consortium comprising energy giants Total, ENI and Novatek, including in a block disputed by Israel, AFP reported.
Israel says one of two blocks in the eastern Mediterranean where Lebanon wants to drill for oil belongs to it, and last week denounced any exploration by Beirut as “provocative”. Continue Reading »
Lebanon’s military Council says if Israel continues construction of border wall on territory Lebanon believes to be theirs, it will be acknowledged as an act of aggression against its sovereignty.
– Israeli Minister Steinitz: ‘Israel seeking diplomatic solution to all border disputes.’
By Attila Somfalvi and Nir Cohen
Lebanon’s Higher Defense Council said Wednesday it has ordered the army to prevent Israel from building a border wall on Lebanese territory.
The council also announced that if Israel does build its border wall on what Beirut views as Lebanese territory, it would be considered an Israeli act of aggression.
“We grant the army forces with the political backing to act against any Israeli aggression on the border—on land and at sea,” the council said in a statement. Continue Reading »
In reaction to what Lebanese leaders dubbed ‘a direct threat to national stability,’ Lebanon’s top three political leaders met to discuss construction of Israel’s defensive border wall and Israeli maritime waters, both disputed by Beirut as their territory.
Lebanon’s three top leaders accused Israel on Tuesday of threatening the stability of the border region between the two countries, where calm has largely prevailed since a 2006 war, amid rising tension over territorial and maritime boundaries.
President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri agreed to act to prevent Israel from building a wall on Lebanese land at the frontier, and threatening an offshore energy block in disputed waters. Continue Reading »
Hassan Nasrallah has warned Israel to cease work on upgraded border wall that the IDF deems imperative in it’s overall strategy for preventing future terrorists’ infiltration from Lebanon.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah has warned Israel against continued construction of a wall along its border with Lebanon, after Beirut said the project was undermining peace.
“After liberating the Lebanese occupied territories from the Zionist enemy in 2000, the UN demarcation of the national border with the Palestinian territories left 13 controversial positions, and the Lebanese government informed the UNIFIL about its rejection for any Israeli measure in this concern,” Nasrallah was quoted by Hezbollah website al-Manar as saying. Continue Reading »
Lebanese daily newspaper Al Liwaa is claiming Gal Gadot is actually a ‘Mossad agent’ who allegedly recruited Lebanese actor and director Ziad Itani to spy for Israel.
By Roi Kais
Israeli actress Gal Gadot was depicted as the “Mossad Agent” who turned Lebanese actor and director Ziad Itani into an Israeli spy in a story published Monday by the Lebanese daily newspaper Al Liwaa.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. – Photo: FACEBOOK
Gadot’s photo was displayed on the paper’s front page with the caption: “The officer of the Israeli Mossad, Collette Vianfi, who recruited Ziad Itani.”
Other Lebanese news websites questioned the authenticity of the picture published by the newspaper, with some claiming they made a mistake as Gadot was not the “Mossad agent” Itani was accused of cooperating with. Continue Reading »
At the last moment the Lebanese Army chief, who’s already in Washington D.C., decides to boycotts a major conference of chiefs of staff from NATO + US allies, due to the attendance of Gadi Eizenkot, the IDF Chief of Staff.
By Elad Benari
Lebanon’s chief of staff, Gen. Joseph Aoun, boycotted a major conference of chiefs of staff hosted by the United States, which was attended by IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.
Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The conference was held at the beginning of the week in Washington, Haaretz reported. Although Aoun did not attend, army heads from other Arab countries like Egypt and Jordan, which have peace treaties with Israel, as well as Saudi Arabia, which doesn’t, did participate in the event, the newspaper noted. Continue Reading »
According to the Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Al-Akhbar, one of the three Lebanese nationals arrested confessed to working with the Mossad.
By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA, JPOST.COM STAFF
Lebanese security forces announced Friday night that they arrested three Lebanese nationals for allegedly collaborating with the Israeli Mossad.
Watching Lebanon’s border – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
A Saturday report from the Lebanese, Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Al-Akhbar quoted security forces as saying: “The intelligence war between the Israeli and Palestinian security services of Lebanon and Hezbollah continues, as we recently arrested a cell with three Lebanese citizens operating out of the Bourj el-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp and Deir Koubel, a Lebanese village, who were recruited by the Mossad to gather intelligence on the resistance [to Israel].” Continue Reading »
In the largest IDF drill since 1998, tens of thousands of people participated from the different military branches, including reservists, to bolster their preparedness for the next war on Israel’s northern frontier.
By Yoav Zitun
The Navy is drilling fighting off Hezbollah naval commandos mounting a surprise attack on Israel as part of a large-scale amphibious training exercise taking place in the north this week.
Among other scenarios, the Israeli sailors faced a swarm of jet skis and small motorboats carrying Hezbollah fighters, divers and suicide bombers.
IDF NAVY drill – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The drills are designed to prepare the navy for the most extreme scenarios in any future opening of a military campaign launched by Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Continue Reading »
In order to trade for a serious UN resolution that improves & maintains the security situation on its northern border, the IDF will be forced to retain & occupy Southern Lebanon when Hezbollah forces the next war on Israel.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
In the event of another war with Hezbollah, the IDF’s objective would be to occupy parts of southern Lebanon where the group has support and infrastructure, in order to force a UN resolution that improves the security situation on the northern border, a senior IDF officer said on Monday.
Thousands of soldiers from the 319th Armored Division, aka the Mapatz (“Bang”) Formation, the majority of them reservists, are currently drilling such a scenario during the second and final week of the Northern Command’s Or Hadagan exercise, the IDF’s largest in nearly 20 years. Continue Reading »