American official dismisses critics in US, Israel: ‘They did not reach a better deal’

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

An Israeli Sa'ar Class 5 Corvette guards the Energean floating production, storage and offloading vessel at the Karish gas field, in footage published by the military on July 2, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
An Israeli Sa'ar Class 5 Corvette guards the Energean floating production, storage and offloading vessel at the Karish gas field, in footage published by the military on July 2, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

More from the top US official, who tears into critics from the Trump administration and the Israeli opposition who have branded the US-brokered maritime agreement between Israel and Lebanon as a deal tilted in Beirut’s favor and beneficial to the Hezbollah terror group.

“Many people have said over the last several days that a better deal could have been done for one side or the other. Others have claimed that they could have negotiated a better deal — some from the region, some from the United States. They were in power. They did not reach a better deal,” the senior official says.

“And when those better so-called better terms for either side were on the table, they ended up not reaching and not concluding an agreement.”

He was dismissive of the argument that previous proposals had been more beneficial to Israel.

“There have been several proposals for so-called better terms for one side or the other, but since they were not agreed to, they were just proposals, and the threat of insecurity, violence and conflict continued to rise.”

“Previous pieces of paper are just that,” he said.

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