'Israel' deterred by Nasrallah's threat: Israeli Media
Israeli media admit that Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's threats deter"Israel" from extracting gas.
Israeli media said that "'Israel' listens to Nasrallah's threats and put off extracting gas under technical pretexts."
"Lapid says that he wants a signed agreement, but currently it seems that 'Israel' is listening to Nasrallah's threats and is not extracting gas despite the announcement," correspondent Udi Segal stated.
In turn, Zvi Yehezkeli, Arab affairs analyst at Israeli Channel 13 said, "This is how I read this announcement by Prime Minister Lapid... Not extracting [the gas] is not due to technical reasons, in my opinion, and Nasrallah's threat affects 'Israel', and it is postponing the extraction under technical pretexts."
He added, "Yes, 'Israel' wanted extraction and an agreement, but this did not happen, and 'Israel' is using its contacts now to speed up the agreement, but Nasrallah's threat is deterring 'Israel.'"
Earlier today, Israeli media reported that Lebanon and "Israel" are very close to striking a deal on the demarcation of the maritime borders, and all that remains are a few technical details.
"At the end of the day, when the agreement is signed, and it will, (Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan) Nasrallah will come and say 'it is because of me that this was the best deal', and this is part of the issue," Israeli Channel 12 Palestinian affairs correspondent Ohad Hemo said.
"We have seen Hezbollah leading a campaign over the past few weeks and months about this issue, about the Karish field, purely for domestic reasons, at least this is my explanation and that of Lebanese journalists, among others," Hemo added.
"This is an attempt to gain credit on his part. He wants to amplify his gains, for we know Nasrallah," Israeli Channel 12 political affairs commentator Yaron Abraham said.
"I will not go into details, but I will say that a deal between Lebanon and Israel is very, very, very close. Only a few technical details remain," he added
"Nasrallah will say, 'I sent drones towards Karish and I forced 'Israel' to respond to the Lebanese demands, and this agreement was signed thanks to me.' I think they understand this in the security and military establishment, and it seems that for this reason they are not drawn into every provocation," Abraham claimed.
"It is estimated by the security and military establishment that an agreement with Lebanon is closer than ever and will advance security stability between countries," Israeli media stated.
On the other hand, Israeli occupation Prime Minister Yair Lapid referred to "a possible agreement with Lebanon that will contribute a lot and benefit regional stability."
Nasrallah's threats must be taken seriously
In a speech on the occasion of the Arbaeen, the event commemorating the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stated that "Lebanon is facing a golden opportunity that may reoccur by the possibility of extracting gas to address its crisis," stressing that oil and gas extraction from the Karish field cannot be allowed before Lebanon obtains its full rights, a red line for the Lebanese Resistance group.
In August, Israeli expert and professor on Syrian and Lebanese affairs at the University of Tel Aviv, Eyal Zisser, told Israeli 103FM radio station, "When Nasrallah says he will act, history shows that he indeed keeps his word."
"This is the first time that Nasrallah talks this way since 2006, and that is why I say that this must be taken seriously," Zisser underlined.
In July, Israeli occupation Reserve Major General Amos Gilad called on "Tel Aviv" to take Sayyed Nasrallah's threats made against the Israeli occupation on Monday seriously.
"Nasrallah's threats must be taken seriously, and [the Israeli occupation forces] must prepare," Gilad told Israeli public broadcaster KAN. "If they attack the Karish rig or any other rig, that will definitely lead to a confrontation that can have many dimensions."
In a related context, Israeli media said that Sayyed Nasrallah's rhetoric "has reached its peak in recent weeks, including threats and a very offensive tone toward "Israel."