TV report: IDF officials, government at odds over maritime talks with Lebanon

An Israeli Sa'ar Class 4.5 missile boat 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 4.5 missile boat 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)

Israeli military officials are in favor of halting negotiations with Lebanon over a maritime border dispute, Channel 12 news reports without citing a source.

According to the network, the government has rejected the Israel Defense Forces’ recommendation and is pressing on with the talks.

The call to halt the negotiations came following attempts by the Hezbollah terror group to launch drones at the Karish gas field, which sits in a maritime area that both Lebanon and Israel claim as their own.

The maritime border dispute between the two nations has been ongoing for several years. Despite US attempts to broker a deal, talks have repeatedly stalled over the issue, although US Envoy for Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein said last week that some progress had been made in recent negotiations.

Channel 12 says there “may” be some additional progress during US President Joe Biden’s trip to the region.

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