Israeli official: Border agreement with Lebanon is complete surrender
An Israeli official considers that a border agreement is a complete surrender by Israeli PM Yair Lapid and Security Minister Benny Gantz to Lebanon.
Israeli media quoted Tuesday a senior Israeli official in the gas sector as saying that the maritime border demarcation agreement that is taking shape with Lebanon is a complete surrender by "Israel".
The official was quoted by Yinon Magal, a journalist for the Israeli Channel 14, on his Twitter account.
The Israeli official considered that the agreement is a complete surrender by Israeli occupation Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Israeli Security Minister Benny Gantz to Lebanon, noting that "Israel's" submission is a great victory for Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
The official warned that if "Israel" conducts similar negotiations on other matters, the situation will be very worrying.
Earlier, Israeli media revealed that Lapid secretly met Monday with US mediator Amos Hochstein.
Lebanon rejects Israeli offer on demarcation of borders
A Lebanese diplomatic source confirmed on Monday that Lebanon "rejected an Israeli offer to give Beirut part of Block 8 north of Line 23", in exchange for "Israel's relinquishment of the Qana gas field."
The source told the Russian news agency, Sputnik, that "The Israeli offer includes 'Israel's' relinquishment of the Qana field in return for Line 23, minus an area that must be ceded located north of the line, specifically the southwestern part of Block 8."
The source explained that "the Israeli offer was rejected by Beirut," adding that "Lebanon stuck to its right in the Qana field and refused to give up any square meter in Block 8."
Al Mayadeen's correspondent confirmed Monday that Hochstein's meeting with the three heads of political power in Lebanon ended and no final result was reported, noting that "no agreement has been reached yet, but only talks about the need for more time."
Lebanese sources told Al Mayadeen's correspondent that the US mediator wants to reach a quick solution before summer ends and that the atmosphere was positive.
It is noteworthy that a couple of days ago, "Israel" submitted a proposal to the United States, and senior Israeli officials said that "Israel's position entails confirmation that it is ready to offer concessions regarding the disputed area with Lebanon, but it will not offer any concessions outside the disputed are."
Yediot Ahronoth also claimed that the Israeli occupation is optimistic about the maritime border negotiations with Lebanon.