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Israel’s New Equation With Hezbollah

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The maritime border agreement with Lebanon gives Israel a new partner. It is Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah, not the government of Lebanon, which is setting the parameters and clauses of the agreement, the location of the gas rigs, and where profits from the drilling will flow. The real negotiations between the sides are not taking place between governments but between a government and an organization. Nasrallah revealed this past weekend that he had sent a secret message to Israel clarifying that if drilling begins at the Karish field, there will be trouble.

The response he received was satisfactory. Israel clarified that the works currently taking place at the field are aimed at preparing infrastructure and not for the start of drilling. While Israel added that drilling will begin regardless of whether an agreement is signed or not, doubting this statement would not be out of place. The British gas company does not intend to be the table on which Israel and Hezbollah arm wrestle, and Israel doesn’t really........

© Haaretz

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