At the center is the gas-rich Karish field in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, which Israel plans to start exploiting.
Orna Mizrahi, a senior researcher at the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies, said in a briefing to reporters on Sunday that the main issue that prevented an agreement between the two sides was a “change in the Lebanese position” on where the maritime border between Israel and Lebanon read.
What is the current Lebanon-Israel dispute about?
The crux of the dispute actually concerns the maritime economic border between the two countries and how to calculate the border line extending from Lebanon and Israel’s land border.
For years the disputed area covered some 860 square kilometers, with Lebanon claiming its maritime border was south of Israel’s claim. Below those border lines, the Karish camp lies well within the area claimed by Israel.
But recently, Lebanon revised its original claim of the maritime border, moving it further south and adding about 1,400 square km more than originally claimed, according to Mizrahi. The extra area includes part of the Karish camp where Israel is conducting exploration.
Why has this dispute flared up now?
On June 5, when London-based oil and gas exploration firm Energean arrived to begin development of Karish on behalf of Israel, Lebanon argued that the field was not to be developed until the talks concluded. to delineate the maritime boundary.
Why do these talks matter?
Struggling with a crippling economy and a fragmented government, Lebanon is in dire need of new sources of revenue from oil and gas exploration, while Israel wishes to position itself as a new natural gas supplier to Europe as an alternative to Russia. . Outlining the border would allow both sides to exploit the Mediterranean’s resources without legal obstacles or threats of a possible military confrontation.
“Lebanon, more than Israel today, needs this deal,” Lebanese energy expert Laury Haytayan said, adding that a deal would also provide security for Israel by allowing it to explore and drill without the “constant danger of potential escalation. “with Lebanon.
What is the current state of the talks?
US hits Iran with new sanctions, targets Chinese and UAE companies
The US issued new sanctions related to Iran on Thursday, according to the US Treasury Department. The new sanctions have targeted Chinese and UAE companies and a network of Iranian companies that help export Iranian petrochemicals.
- Background: The United States has sanctioned a network of Iranian petrochemical producers, as well as “front companies” in China, the United Arab Emirates and Iran, saying they were “instrumental in the intermediation” of the export of Iranian petrochemicals, a declaration of the Treasury. The network has also been committed to facilitating international transactions and evasion of sanctions, the statement added. The Chinese and Emirati companies were not reached by Reuters for comment.
- Because matter: The steps could increase pressure on Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, which would limit Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities in exchange for lifting sanctions. While the deal was nearing completion, talks have stalled since March, when the US terrorist designation of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard emerged as the latest sticking point.
Israeli police conclude investigations into the conduct during Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral
- Background: Television footage showed officers hitting mourners with batons, nearly knocking the coffin off by the coffin bearers. At the time, the Israeli police said they were responding to objects and stones thrown at the police. Shabtai said the police had examined the conduct of the forces on the ground, but appeared to blame the funeral participants for the unfolding of the events: “We have to learn thoroughly. [the lessons from] the incident, so that in the future sensitive events such as these are not disturbed by violent rioters and are respected “.
- Because matter: Israeli police came under sharp criticism after the march, with the White House calling the images “disturbing” and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying he was “deeply disturbed by the images of Israeli police intruding on the funeral procession”.
Jamal Khashoggi Way sign unveiled in front of Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC
- BackgroundUS intelligence reports last year found Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) “approved an operation in Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” which MBS denied. .
- Because matter: The presentation of “Jamal Khashoggi Way” comes a month before Biden visits Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to meet MBS. The trip has already drawn criticism from members of his party and human rights defenders over the kingdom’s human rights situation and the journalist’s murder.
Around the region
The artifacts were statues of Egyptian pharaohs, including Amenhotep III and Amon-Ra, as well as the ancient Egyptian god Horus. Among them was also a stone mural.
Antiques theft and smuggling have increased in Egypt after the 2011 uprising, which saw relics stolen from museums and through illegal excavations. The North African country has continued efforts to locate and recover its stolen treasures.