Israel pushes Lebanon into the arms of Hezbollah

Elijah J. Magnier


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By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman pushed the Lebanese government into the arms of Hezbollah when he launched his menace against Lebanon’s oil and gas resources during his talk at the think-tank Institute for National Security Studies’ (INSS) 11th Annual International conference in Tel Aviv. Lieberman’s request for international energy companies not to bid on the Lebanese offshore oil and gas exploration Tender Block 9 gave no chance for the Lebanese government but to stand behind Hezbollah’s superior missile capabilities to create a balance with this Israeli threat, that is taken very seriously in Beirut.

What can Hezbollah do?

Israel disagrees over a 300 square mile triangular area of the Mediterranean that extends along the edge of the three Blocks (8,9,10), and in particular Blocks (mainly) 8 and 9 – considered the richest of all – bordering the Lebanese and Israeli territorial…

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