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Israel willing to negotiate over Lebanon seaborder, under US terms

Israel voiced openness on Monday to U.S.-mediated talks with Lebanon on resolving a dispute over the neighbors’ maritime border that has dogged Mediterranean oil and gas exploration.

Such talks, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz’s office said in a statement after he met U.S. envoy David Satterfield, could be “for the good of both countries’ interests in developing natural gas reserves and oil” by agreeing a border.

There was no immediate comment from Lebanese or U.S. officials.

Technically at war since Israel’s founding in 1948, Israel and Lebanon have long disagreed on border demarcations, a dispute affecting a sea area of about 860 sq km (330 square miles) extending along the edge of three of Lebanon’s southern energy blocks.

Waters in one of those blocks are also claimed by Israel, which kicked off a gas bonanza in the eastern Mediterranean almost a decade ago with the discovery of two huge gas fields.

The dispute has led to years of brinkmanship with both sides promising to protect their resources and warning about encroachment.

Source: Reuters

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  1. Angel NicGillicuddy

    There is a way.
    Working together.
    Easily done when we begin using money
    with Demurrage
    which automatically has the effect of
    Reciprocal trade
    Economic Borders,
    which are an illusion anyway
    which has been made extremely dangerous
    by those who keep us under their control
    Taking advantage of The Secret Device
    Of Evil;
    The Hoardable form of money
    We have been blindly using for 1000s of years
    For no other reason
    Than routine
    With no scientific grounds
    and impossible to manage.
    The ONLY other form of.money
    which IS manageable
    and can even be taught to children
    For our future
    Yours Truly
    Angel NicGillicuddy ?

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