Prime Minister Yair Lapid maintained that the maritime border agreement with Lebanon “preserves the security of communities in the north as well as the freedom of action of the IDF and the Israeli Navy’s control of the area closest to the shoreline... As the Chief of General Staff told the Government, it does not preserve our security, it enhances our security”. “This agreement staves off the possibility of a military clash with Hizbollah”, he continued. “Israel is not afraid of Hizbollah… and if we went out to battle, we would deal them a heavy blow. That being said, if it is possible to prevent war, it is the job of a responsible government to do so”. Lapid further reiterated: “At every step of the way, we made it clear to the Lebanese — that with or without an agreement, Israel will not delay by even a single day, the production [of gas] from the Karish platform, and will not give in to any threat. The Karish field is in our sovereign territory, and an attack on it is an attack on the State of Israel. We will not hesitate for a second to use force to defend our gas field”.
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