Lebanon 0
26 July 2022

Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, referring to U.S.-mediated maritime negotiations, asserted that “when things reach a dead-end… we will reach Karish [maritime gas field], beyond Karish, and beyond, beyond Karish”, claiming: “The Americans distracted Lebanon with negotiations while Israel explored for gas and is preparing to extract it. The U.S. pressured the Lebanese state into agreeing to… the Israeli proposal for the maritime borders”. Nasrallah further warned that “no Israeli targets in the sea or land [are] out of the reach of the resistance’s precision missiles… If the extraction of oil and gas starts in September before Lebanon retains its rights, we are heading toward a confrontation”. Nasrallah also referred to “Hizbollah’s readiness to provide Iranian fuel to Lebanese power plants for free… Sadly, the Lebanese political class is not bold enough to take such a step out of fear of U.S. sanctions”.

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