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Energy minister: Lebanon ‘cannot dictate the lines’ of maritime border talks

Energy Minister Karin Elharrar speaks at  a Yesh Atid party conference in Shefayim, September 22, 2021. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
Energy Minister Karin Elharrar speaks at a Yesh Atid party conference in Shefayim, September 22, 2021. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

Energy Minister Karine Elharrar says Israel won’t allow Lebanon to set the terms of US-sponsored negotiations to resolve a maritime border dispute over natural gas exploration.

“We need to look for a solution that leads to a breakthrough and not try to think in the old ways of drawing lines,” Elharrar tells Reuters.

“We started (negotiations) at one line and then they (Lebanon) pushed the line. Pushing and pushing the lines literally,” she said. “It’s not the way to have a negotiation. They cannot dictate the lines.”

She also says she will soon speak with Amos Hochstein, the US State Department’s energy envoy, who has been tapped to mediate the talks between Israel and the Lebanese.

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