BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Lebanon is standing its ground against Israel after the latter recently indicated its interest in oil and gas exploration in Lebanese territorial waters.
“Lebanon will use all available methods to fend off the Israeli aggression that was announced today,” Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said on Wednesday.
Furthermore, Lebanese President Michel ‘Aoun slammed the Israeli threats on Block 9, vowing to defend the country’s territorial waters.
The issue about the gas and oil exploration first became public when Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated on Tuesday that Block 9 is Israel’s property.
“When they issue a tender on a gas field, including Block 9, which by any standard is ours … this is very, very challenging and provocative conduct here,” Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.
The Lebanese government responded aggressively to this economic threat and has refused to concede the interest to Israel.