Lebanon, Israel to sign maritime deal Thursday


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Lebanon, Israel to sign maritime deal Thursday
Hezbollah had warned that Israel would be crossing a "red line" if it extracted gas before a deal is officially signed.
Published: OCTOBER 26, 2022

Israel and Lebanon are set to finalize and sign their maritime border deal on Thursday, a day after natural gas extraction began at Israel’s Karish field. The cabinet is expected to vote in favor of the agreement, two weeks after it was submitted to the Knesset for review, but not a vote. In the interim, the High Court of Justice confirmed that parliamentary authorization was not legally necessary.

On Thursday afternoon, the Israeli and Lebanese negotiating teams will sign the agreement at UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) headquarters in Naquora, on the border between the countries. Lebanon does not recognize Israel in the framework of the deal and did not negotiate directly; as such, each country’s delegation will be in a different room.

US energy envoy Amos Hochstein will visit Beirut to meet with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister Najib Mikati, before the ceremony and Jerusalem, to meet with Prime Minister Yair Lapid, after it.

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