15.07.2011 13.Tammus, 5771
Hezbollah second-in-command: ‘Lebanon will not let Israel seize its natural gas fields’
Israel rejects possibility of indirect talks via United Nations; calls on Lebanon to begin negotiations on all border issues. According to the foreign and infrastructure ministries, Lebanon is claiming vast offshore territories belonging to Israel under international law.
Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said that Lebanon will not tolerate Israel seizing its oil, gas, and water resources, Channel 10 reported yesterday.
“Lebanon will stand guard in order to protect all its rights − no matter the cost,” Qassem stressed during a speech on the Israel-Lebanon maritime border conflict.
In addition, the Lebanese Cabinet has scheduled a meeting regarding the contentious issue of Beirut’s energy policies in relation to the country’s offshore energy assets. At stake are massive offshore Mediterranean sub-sea natural gas reserves; the issue involves competing seabed claims not only with Israel, but also Lebanese claims against Cyprus and Turkey….