Hezbollah, The Protective Shield of Lebanon’s Soil, Water, Gas, and Oil

July 19, 2022 

By Mohammad Youssef

The battle between the ‘Israeli’ occupation enemy and Lebanon about the maritime border has reached an unprecedented level of tension and escalation. Nonetheless, positive indications have started to appear after Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has pledged to prevent the ‘Israelis’ from extracting or making use of the oil and gas in the occupied Palestinian territories if they continue to deny Lebanon its rights in this very valuable resource at this very critical time in the country’s history.

The ‘Israeli’ enemy has long eyed Lebanon’s resources; whether soil, water, or nowadays gas.

Since the beginning of the dispute between Lebanon and the ‘Israeli’ enemy about the demarcation of the maritime border a few years ago, both Washington and Tel Aviv exerted their utmost power to prevent Lebanon from extracting its gas and using it.

The US envoy to Lebanon has been very active in his game of postponement and procrastination. After several meetings with the different Lebanese officials engaged in the issue, it has become very clear that both Americans and ‘Israelis’ are buying time, making Lebanon wait infinitely, while they are working day and night to extract gas and oil from the disputed area.

Until this moment, the Lebanese position was unfortunately a weak one. Soon after, Sayyed Nasrallah issued an ultimatum and directed a very serious warning to the ‘Israeli’ enemy. It was not long before the Resistance leader ordered sending three drones close to the disputed gas platforms as a direct message to the ‘Israelis’ to take his warnings seriously.

Directly after that, the ‘Israelis’ have made a major shift in their approach, and so did the Americans.

The tone has abruptly become positive, and the US officials started to adopt a new approach while the ‘Israelis’ started to send messages expressing their intent for de-escalation.

The Resistance leadership has examined the situation carefully and made its accurate calculations and precise assessment. The decision to send the drones comes within a gradual plan to mount the pressure on the enemy and its US allies to force them to acknowledge Lebanon’s rights and recognize its demands of extracting its natural resources whether oil or gas.

The preservation of Lebanon’s right is another achievement the Resistance scored. Hezbollah proved once again that it is not only a safety valve for Lebanon on the security level, and a shield to defend the Lebanese territories from any threat whether ‘Israeli’ or takfiri but also a guarantee for Lebanon’s fortunes and natural resources.

If there is any hope Lebanon can survive its current crisis it would be by using its gas and oil. If this is to happen, then it would be thanks to the Resistance. Hereby we come to recognize how critically important the Resistance is for Lebanon on all levels.

A new constructive role emerges here. It reflects the economic investment the Resistance provides for Lebanon military safety and economic survivability and stability.

Lebanon Secures Oil, Gas Rights Without Any Concession, Now It’s Time to Preserve This Achievement

November 2, 2022

By Mohammad Youssef

Lebanon has become an oil and gas member country. The new understanding to demarcate the maritime border line with occupied Palestine is a milestone and the start of a new era that put the country on a new road towards prosperity and stability on many levels. More importantly, this remarkable achievement has been reached without any kind of normalization with the ‘Israeli’ enemy.

It is the first time in history that an Arab state gets its rights without bowing down to the ‘Israeli’ blackmail, threats, or diktats.

But how did that take place?

The resistance in Lebanon spearheaded by Hezbollah has given another proof about its ability to bring the yet another country.

Supported by the people who put their trust and have a full unshakable conviction about the resistance. Hezbollah leadership took a courageous step by setting a new formula against the enemy which states the following: If Lebanon cannot explore, exploit, and extract its gas resources, the enemy is not allowed to do so.

Hezbollah put its threat into effect by sending its drones over Karish platform to reflect the seriousness of its warning.

In addition to this, and in a harmonious and coordinated way with the state officials, namely President of the Republic General Michel Aoun, House Speaker Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, and their respective teams, the resistance represented by Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has been able to give Lebanon another remarkable victory which brought the ‘Israeli’ enemy to its knees.

This event has given an exemplary model about the defensive strategy that Lebanon could reach and adopt to defend the country and act as a deterrent force against any ‘Israeli’ aggression.

This defensive strategy has long been under the light, and is always under focus. Many parties in Lebanon have called for an open discussion to deliberate over this matter. Now we have a real embodiment and a vivid example that no one can deny about the result of coordination that can take place to ensure not only Lebanon’s protection and liberation, but also its full sovereignty over its land, sea, and all its natural resources.

Needless to say, this kind of coordination will definitely act as a safety valve and as a guarantee for Lebanon and the Lebanese against any foreign threat, aggression, or intimidation, especially from the ‘Israeli’ enemy side which has a lengthy history of aggressions.

It is the duty of the Lebanese from every sect and confession to perceive this new lesson. To understand the importance of this achievement, they should all learn how to appreciate it, value it and do everything possible to support and preserve it.

This is a successful golden formula that has no otherwise so far. It proved its efficiency in the past and present, and will definitely protect Lebanon and its people in the future.

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Maritime Deal: How Hochstein’s ‘Nothing’ Turns into Lebanon’s Everything

 October 17, 2022

Marwa Haidar

“Lebanon right now has nothing”

In an interview with Al-Hurra in mid-June, US Energy Envoy Amos Hochstein hinted out that Lebanon has to “stop thinking” about being right regarding the indirect maritime border talks with the Zionist entity.

The US mediator called on both sides, Lebanon and ‘Israel’, to present “creative ideas” and approach the maritime dispute in a way that regards “getting more than I have” rather than “getting everything.”

In this context, the Israeli-born ‘mediator’ openly said that Lebanon has “nothing,” in a clear message to Lebanese negotiators to accept the US-Israeli provisions.

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“I think the solution that will work is to stop thinking about do I have the most legal case… Do I want to be the most right? Because sometimes when you are right you have nothing to show for it,” Hochstein told Al-Hurra last June.

“The thinking instead should be as much energy should be placed in the thinking what is a creative idea that we can all compromise around that both sides all feel that I may not have gotten everything I want but I got a lot more than I have right now, which really in the case of Lebanon right now is nothing,” the UN envoy said with a contempt look.

Four months after Hochstein’s remarks, how things are going now? And how the “nothing” ended up according to Lebanon?

Lebanon’s Firm Stance

The “nothing” remarks came nearly ten days after the Israeli regime moved a production vessel, Greek firm Energean’s FPSO, to Karish field, with Zionist media reporting that gas extracting would take place in September.

Commenting on the arrival of the FPSO, Lebanese President Michel Aoun and caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati issued a joint statement on June 6, in which they warned that any exploration or drilling activity Israel might undertake in the disputed zones “constitutes a provocative and hostile act that threatens the international peace and security, and impedes the negotiations over the maritime border.”

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri and PM Najib Mikati .

Later on June 13, a day before Hochstein arrived in Lebanon and made the “nothing” remarks, President Aoun stressed that it is out of the question to waive Lebanon’s rights to invest its gas and oil wealth, affirming firm rejection to Israeli threats.

The Lebanese president then emphasized Lebanon’s sovereign rights to water and natural resources on June 14, as he handed over Lebanon’s response on the US proposal to Hochstein during his visit to Beirut.

In the same day, Speaker Nabih Berri met Hochstein and also affirmed Lebanon’s rights to invest in its oil wealth, noting that this right is unanimously agreed upon by all the Lebanese.

Moreover, the three senior presidents were on direct contact to follow up on the details of talks which took place later in August and September between Lebanese chief negotiator Elias Bou Saab and the US side. They spared no occasion to stress that Lebanon is keen to secure his rights in maritime wealth in a way that preserves stability.

Hezbollah Behind Lebanese State

Throughout months of indirect talks, Hezbollah has firmly stated it has nothing to do with the negotiations process, with Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah reiterating that the Lebanese state is the only side that decides which maritime line will be agreed on and that Hezbollah wants to provide the Lebanese authorities with points of strength during the talks.

Though the Lebanese resistance movement affirmed it “stands behind the Lebanese State,” it was clear regarding defending what Lebanon considers its right.

On June 9, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah is committed to defend Lebanon’s maritime wealth, warning that all options were on table.

On July 2, Hezbollah launched three drones towards Karish field, in a clear message Tel Aviv has received over the Lebanese resistance movement’s seriousness in dealing with the maritime issue.

On July 13, Sayyed Nasrallah warned the Israeli enemy it will be prevented from extracting gas and oil if Lebanon is not allowed to do so. In the same address, the resistance leader issued his well-known equation: “Karish and Beyond Karish”.

His eminence then delivered a speech on July 26, stating that no Israeli target is out of Hezbollah’s precision missiles reach.

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On July 31, Hezbollah’s Military Media Department released video showing coordinates of the Israeli platforms operating in the Mediterranean. The video, dubbed “Within Our Reach”, warned the Zionist enemy that procrastination and playing for time during the negotiations are fruitless and that Hezbollah’s finger is on the trigger if the Israeli regime takes any action aimed at plundering Lebanon’s gas and oil fields.

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Sayyed Nasrallah, later on August 19, said that Hochstein was wasting time, stressing that an escalation with the Israeli enemy is “inevitable if ‘Israel’ denies Lebanon’s maritime rights.”

Finalizing Maritime Deal

Lebanon and the Zionist entity were on September venues for accelerated diplomatic activity by Hochstein. US President Joe Biden announced in mid-September that a maritime deal is important, warning on the other hand that not reaching a deal has harmful repercussions on the region.

Israeli media also reported at the time that gas extraction started at Karish field. Israeli Ministry of Energy on September 17 clarified, at the request of the occupation military, that the activity in Karish was just for experimental purposes.

Things turned on October to be more optimistic but with caution. On October 1, Hochstein handed over his final proposal on the impending maritime deal.

US ambassador Dorothy Shea hands over Hochstein’s  proposal to President  Michel Aoun (October 1, 2022).

Later on October 4, Lebanon requested modifications on Hochstein’s proposal in a text presented by Bou Saab to the US Embassy in Beirut.

Hochstein then handed over, on October 10, an updated version of his proposal. Media outlets announced a day later that Lebanon and the Zionist entity reached a US-brokered deal on the demarcation of the maritime borders.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid described the deal as “historic”, while the Lebanese Presidency said that items of Hochstein’s proposal were satisfying for Lebanon.

Maritime Deal in Israeli Eyes

Shortly after it was announced that a deal was reached, Israeli opposition lambasted the government of Yair Lapid, with former PM Benjamin Netanyahu considering the settlement a “historic surrender to Hezbollah”.

Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz “gave Hezbollah our territorial waters, our sovereign territory, our gas, and in the end, they succumbed to another Hezbollah demand to allow Iran to drill gas off the coast of Israel,” Netanyahu said, as quoted by Israeli media.

A screen shot from an Israeli military video showing Hezbollah drone flying over Karish field (July 2, 2022).

Lapid, on his part, defended the deal insisting that it was “a boon to Israel’s security and staves off war with Hezbollah.”

Away from the heated political debate between the government and the opposition in the Zionist entity, which many commentators and analysts eye as based on electoral considerations (Israeli parliamentary elections to be held next November), remarks made by Israeli military officials say it all.

Amos Yadlin, former head of Israeli military intelligence, said on October 2, that the “assumption which is closer to reality is that (Sayyed) Nasrallah had all what he wanted, and for that he feels good.”

For his part, retired Israeli general who served as a Brigade commander Amir Avivi slammed the deal, saying that Hezbollah subdued ‘Israel’ and forced it to kneel down.

‘Israel is witnessing a dangerous precedent as Hezbollah is threatening us, and we back off quickly,” Avivi told the Israeli Radio on October 11.

100% of Lebanon Demands Met

Going back to the US, whose energy envoy made the “nothing” remarks, some officials had something different to say regarding the maritime deal.

“100% to Lebanon and 0% to Israel”

David Friedman, the former American ambassador to the Zionist entity said that no one imagined 100% to Lebanon and 0% to ‘Israel’, in a tweet on October 3.

Hadn’t It Been for Hezbollah, ‘Israel’ Would’ve Delayed Maritime Border Demarcation with Lebanon for 200 Years: Zionist Analysts

 October 13, 2022

The Zionist circles and media outlets continued on Thursday following up the repercussions of the indirect maritime border demarcation deal with Lebanon, concentrating on the conflict with Hezbollah.

The Israeli circles considered that the Israeli military deterrence is being smashed by Hezbollah, adding that the Resistance Party Leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah’s satisfaction with the deal is a dangerous indicator in this regard.

The Zionist media outlets rejected the officials’ claims that ‘Israel’ did not approve the deal for fear of Hezbollah, stressing that Hezbollah drones forced ‘Israel’ to make concessions.

The Israeli political analyst, Rafif Droker, stressed that ‘Israel’ would have delayed the maritime deal with Lebanon for 200 years had not it been for Hezbollah military power.

Mawaf Fardy, a political analyst, said that ‘Israel’ made concessions after Hezbollah flew drones over Karish gas rig which confirms that ‘Israel’ does not understand except the language of power.

President Michel Aoun announced on Thursday Lebanon’s approval of US mediator’s final draft of southern maritime border demarcation proposal. The Zionist government approved on Wednesday a US-brokered maritime deal with Lebanon, surrendering to Lebanon’s insistence on its rights.

During the recent months, Hezbollah played a central role in forcing the Zionist enemy to abandon its schemes to infringe on the Lebanese rights. On July 3, 2022, Hezbollah flew three drones over the Israeli platforms in Karish gas field which lies in the disputable zone, sending a powerful message that warns the enemy against any infringement.

On July 13, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah warned on the Israeli enemy and the United States that if Lebanon is prevented from extracting its maritime resources, ‘Israel’ will not be able to extract or sell gas and oil.

On July 31, Hezbollah military media released a video which shows the Israeli platforms operating in the Mediterranean, warning the Zionist enemy of its attempts to plunder Lebanon’s gas and oil fields.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Hezbollah Forced Maritime Deal after Israel’s Unabated Procrastination: Journalist

 October 13, 2022

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Prominent Lebanese journalist Ibrahim Al-Amin told Al-Manar that the deal on the maritime dispute between Lebanon and the Zionist entity is neither an agreement between two states nor an accord.

In an interview with Al-Manar’s Panorama Today on Wednesday night, the CEO and editor-in-chief of Al-Akhbar Lebanese newspaper described the maritime deal as “an understanding between two hostile parties in a bid to organize affairs of economic interests.”

“The talks which started twelve years ago was aimed at reaching a full agreement on border demarcation, but there has been a US and Western decision to prevent Lebanon from utilizing from its resources due to influence on international firms and Lebanon internal problems,” Al-Amin told Panorama Today’s Manar Sabbagh.

“The resistance stance shifted the talks from phase of procrastination to phase of deal,” Al-Amin said.

The resistance didn’t press the Lebanese State, but rather directly addressed the Israeli enemy through clear threats.

“The enemy needed practical measures to extract gas in a bid to meet it internal demands and to utilize from the international and regional situation,” Al-Amin said, referring to energy shortage across the world.

“The resistance imposed a very clear equation that was simple in the form but dangerous in the content.”

He noted, meanwhile, that the US has great influence in Lebanon, stating: “Washington is capable of exerting different forms of pressure on Lebanon and it did so regarding the maritime talks, but Israel told the US that it knows Hezbollah very well and that the resistance group’s threats are serious.”

The Lebanese journalist also echoed Hezbollah S.G. Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah’s remarks during Tuesday’s speech on the resistance readiness.

“Though residents of southern border towns haven’t witnessed military activity in the area, they know that there are thousands of fighters who have been on full alert.”

“The Israeli enemy knows that the resistance has instant reconnaissance of activity in Karish and other fields as well as many other details.”

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Hezbollah Awaits Official Stance, to Maintain Readiness

October 12, 2022

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivering a speech on the occasion of Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday on October 11, 2022 Click

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Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah announced on Tuesday that Lebanon is before decisive hours with regards to the maritime demarcation deal, saying Hezbollah will await the official stances by the Lebanese President General Michel Aoun.

“Only after the agreement is signed we can say that we have a deal,” Sayyed Nasrallah said in a televised speech delivered during the celebration that was held this evening on the occasion of Prophet Mohammad’s birthday (PBUH) along with his grandson Imam Jaafar al-Sadiq (PBUH) and the Islamic Unity Week.

Lebanon received the updated proposal by US Energy Envoy Amos Hocshtein on an impending deal on the maritime dispute with the Zionist entity. The Lebanese Presidency Press Office announced on Tuesday that Deputy Speaker Elias Bou Saab handed over President Michel Aoun the proposal finalized by Hochstein.

“With regard to the demarcation file, we are before decisive hours, and we, as Lebanese, are waiting for the official stance to be announced by the President,” Hezbollah leader announced, adding “We will await the official stances and only after the agreement is signed we can say that we have a deal.”

Sayyed Nasrallah said ‘Israel’ is sharply divided on the deal, even within the “same parties and ministers in the government,” and that not all Israeli sides are satisfied with the agreement. “We are waiting for the official position of the enemy’s government and what’s important is what will happen tomorrow in the meeting of the Israeli cabinet. We all witnessed the contradictory statements in the Zionist entity over the past months and there is a rift there.”

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Tuesday that a “historic agreement” has been reached on the maritime dispute. He called a Security Cabinet meeting, followed by a general cabinet meeting for Wednesday to approve the deal, and that the deal is expected to be submitted to the Knesset for review.

“The moment the Lebanese see the delegations going to Naqoura on TV, we must remain cautious,” his eminence warned, “When the Lebanese side announces the approval of the deal, then we consider that things are done and until then we must remain vigilant.”

Sayyed Nasrallah called for attentiveness as there are those who can change their minds at every moment. He described the negotiations as difficult, “Reaching a deal was not an easy task.”

Bou Saab, Lebanon’s lead negotiator in the issue of maritime deal, said: “For Lebanon, the maritime deal has been finalized,” noting that the US mediator is waiting for the official response by Lebanon. He stressed, in remarks carried by Al-Manar, that Lebanon will have a united stance towards Hochstein’s updated proposal, noting that “no modifications have been made so far on the updated proposal.”

Hezbollah’s leader pointed that Hezbollah only cares about the extraction of oil and gas from Lebanese waters and its stance on demarcation is known. “Since the very beginning we said we stand behind the state on the issue of Lebanese demands, and I always said we want to ‘eat grapes’ and extract oil,” Hezbollah’s S.G. said.

“We have no problem when the Lebanese officials say that the agreement meets the Lebanese demands. My call is that after publishing the final text, this understanding should be approached in the spirit of national responsibility required to judge it positively or negatively away from settling accounts,” Sayyed Nasrallah indicated, hailing the cooperation spirit witnessed in Lebanon. “We are before a new experience of cooperation between state officials that was met with popular support. Lebanon will be able to achieve this great accomplishment at time when no one is concerned about its rights.”

“Where is our sea? I tell you: To us, our sea extends to Gaza, and when Palestine is liberated, we will not disagree with our Palestinian brothers on maritime borders demarcation,” his eminence said.

Sayyed Nasrallah said Hezbollah had no need to send more drones than the ones previously sent toward the Karish field on July 5, as “the objective was for the enemy to understand that we are serious.”

In this context, the Hezbollah leader hailed the resistance fighters “whose sacrifices and efforts exerted for years bore fruit within few months,” stressing that the resistance will maintain its readiness until the agreement is signed. “To resistance fighters I say: You’ll remain on your readiness, vigilance and measures until we see with our very eyes that the deal is signed, and after that is another day,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that “this is a national wealth that is not owned by a particular sect, political party or region; it belongs to the entire Lebanese people, so it must be approached with a spirit of responsibility,” and continued, “I promise you to cooperate with all the pillars of the state.” “We must benefit from the experiences of the countries that have sovereign funds,” his eminence said, adding “we must all immunize the funds that will come from the gas resources.”

Hezbollah S.G. ended up the issue of maritime borders demarcation deal by saying: Tonight, we will not issue threats. Tonight, there will only be joy and clapping.

On the internal Lebanese issue, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “On the presidential file, I have nothing new to add regarding the issue of the presidency and we call for the formation of a government.” He regretted that officials are “blowing hot and cold”” in this regard, oscillating between optimism and stagnation in the negotiations.

As for Yemen, the Hezbollah leader praised Yemenis for the huge celebrations held across the various provinces that had been plagued by eight years of war. “This people, who suffered from an eight years war and suffers from many life crises, is gathering in a scene like no other, we bow in respect.”

Turning to the Palestinian cause, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the latest resistance might in the West Bank, saying: “What’s going on in the West Bank is percussive to the Zionist entity and all its political forces. The resistance today in West Bank needs all ways of political, media and popular solidarity. The resistance in West Bank is able to change equations, hopes are pinned on it.”

West Bank cities have witnessed a significant escalation of resistance operations lately, especially in Jenin and Nablus, at the level of shooting at the Occupation army’s checkpoints and settlers and throwing explosive and incendiary devices, in response to the Israeli crimes in occupied territories.

Sayyed Nasrallah also lauded Hamas’ decision on strengthening the relations with Syria as a courageous, wise and sound decision.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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    لبنان ينتظر “الصيغة النهائية” من هوكشتين خلال ساعات

     الأحد 9 تشرين الأول 2022  20:16

    عقد هوكشتين والجانب اللبناني نقاشاً عبر الفيديو عصر اليوم (هيثم الموسوي)

    انتهت جولة جديدة من المفاوضات غير المباشرة حول ترسيم الحدود البحرية، بين لبنان وإسرائيل، بعد جولة اتصالات مكثفة قادها الوسيط الأميركي، عاموس هوكشتين، في محاولة لحلحلة التفاصيل العالقة في آخر نسخة من الاتفاق المعدّل بين الطرفين.


    الرفض الإسرائيلي للتعديلات اللبنانية قبل أيام، تلاه تصعيد إعلامي من العدو، عبر تخويف باستنفار عسكري على الحدود بين لبنان وفلسطين المحتلة، ولاحقاً عبر تصريحات حملت تهديدات إلى لبنان، في حال استهدف حزب الله “أهدافاً إسرائيلية”.

    واليوم، جاء الإعلان عن انطلاق تجارب اختبار لأنابيب نقل الغاز بين حقل كاريش والمحطات على شواطئ فلسطين المحتلة، وسط حرص إسرائيلي ـــ أميركي مشترك، على التأكيد للجانب اللبناني أن الاختبار لا يعني بدأ استخراج الغاز، وأن الضخ سيتم من المحطات الساحلية نحو الحقل، لا بالعكس.

    الإعلان لم يلق بثقله على مسار التفاوض، إذ أعلنت الرئاسة اللبنانية أن الرئيس ميشال عون تلقى إحاطة من هوكشتين ونائب رئيس مجلس النواب الياس بوصعب، حول نتائج جولة الاتصالات التي انتهت عصر اليوم واستمرت ثلاثة أيام.

    وتم وفق ما نقل الإعلان عن الوسيط الأميركي “تحديد الملاحظات” على أن “ترسل الصيغة النهائية للاقتراح خلال الساعات القليلة المقبلة”، ليدرسها الجانب اللبناني “بشكل دقيق تمهيداً لاتخاذ القرار المناسب”.

    ورقة الاختبار

    حاول الجانب الإسرائيلي عبر الدفع بورقة اختبار نقل الغاز، توازياً مع التفاوض، الإيحاء بأنه مستمر في خطط الاستخراج، بمعزل عن نتيجة المسار المرعيّ أميركياً.

    فأعلنت شركة “إنرجيان” التي منحت رخصة تشغيل حقل كاريش، أنه “بعد الحصول على موافقة من وزارة الطاقة الإسرائيلية لبدء إجراء اختبارات معينة، بدأ تدفق الغاز من الشاطئ” إلى منصة تفريغ تخزين الإنتاج العائم في كاريش.

    وبحسب “إنرجيان” فإن الاختبارات التي تستغرق عدة أسابيع هي “خطوة مهمة” نحو استخراج الغاز.

    وكان هوكشتين أبلغ السلطات اللبنانية بأن ما يجري هو “اختبار عكسي”.

    التهديد حاضر

    وكانت إسرائيل رفضت التعديلات اللبنانية لمشروع الاتفاق الذي هاجمه زعيم المعارضة بينامين نتانياهو، مهدداً بعدم احترام أي اتفاق محتمل في حال عاد رئيساً للوزراء إثر الانتخابات التشريعية المقررة في الأول من تشرين الثاني.

    وعلّق وزير الحرب الإسرائيلي بيني غانتس، اليوم، على معارضة نتانياهو قائلا “أعرف نتانياهو منذ سنوات، سيوقع على هذه الاتفاقية (المقترحة) من منطلق أمني واستراتيجي”.

    ووصف غانتس ما يفعله زعيم المعارضة بأنه “تلاعب”، مضيفاً “هذا اتفاق جيد لكلا الجانبين”.

    وقال غانتس إن “الجيش الإسرائيلي مستعد لتصعيد محتمل (…) وإذا ارتكب حزب الله هذا الخطأ وهاجم إسرائيل بأي طريقة فسنستفرد بلبنان”.

    أما حزب الله، فكان حذّر في وقت سابق إسرائيل من الإقدام على أي نشاط في كاريش قبل التوصل إلى اتفاق على ترسيم الحدود البحرية.

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    Lebanon responds to ‘Israel’ rebuff of maritime demands

    6 Oct 202218:20 

    Source: Agencies

    By Al Mayadeen English 

    Several Lebanese officials respond to the Israeli occupation’s rejection of Beirut’s proposals to change the maritime borders.

    Lebanese President Michel Aoun

    Lebanese President Michel Aoun responded on Thursday to the Israeli occupation’s rejection of Beirut’s proposed changes to the Lebanese-Israeli maritime borders. He underlined that Lebanon had proposed the changes to the US-mediated deal with its rights to extract oil in its exclusive economic zone in mind.

    “The remarks prevent any explanations that do not fall into the framework detailed by Lebanon for the demarcation process and during the negotiations,” President Aoun said.

    An Israeli official said Thursday that the Israeli occupation rejected revisions requested by Lebanon to the US-mediated border demarcation proposal.

    The official, announcing Israeli occupation Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s decision to reject the revision requests, warned that any further negotiations would cease should Hezbollah threaten the Karish gas rig.

    According to the Israeli official, “Israel will begin production of natural gas from its Karish field as soon as that is possible,” and he warned the Lebanese resistance against taking any retaliatory action against the occupation.

    Maritime deal ‘make or break’

    The US-brokered talks between Beirut and “Tel Aviv” were at a “make or break” point after the latter rejected the negotiations, top Lebanese negotiator Elias Bou Saab told Reuters.

    Earlier, Israeli occupation Security Minister Benny Gantz said “Israel” is prepared to defend its infrastructure whether a deal with Lebanon is signed or not.

    Gantz warned that the military cost to Lebanon and Hezbollah “will be very grave” in case the Lebanese Resistance party attacked the Israeli occupation, claiming that “we are not eager for war but are prepared for one.”

    The deal “is 90% done, but the remaining 10% could make it or break it,” Bou Saab added, dealing that he had been in constant contact with US mediator Amos Hochstein.

    This comes after Lebanon received the written proposal from the US mediator Amos Hochstein through US Ambassador Dorothy Shea regarding the demarcation of maritime borders.

    The United States made an offer to the Israeli occupation and Lebanon to resolve the maritime border issue, Israeli media claimed in late September. The proposal is reportedly linked to the path the Lebanese-Israeli maritime borders will follow.

    The settlement proposal, according to Israeli news outlet Haaretz, asked to change and adjust line 23 toward Lebanon instead of near the coast in order to allow for a “bigger defensive area against possible threats from the sea, near the coastline.”

    In turn, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, stressed in a speech that “the importance of what is happening today is there being a written text from the mediating party that the President, Parliament Speaker, and the Prime Minister have received.”

    It is noteworthy that the Lebanese Resistance, Hezbollah, has been a very effective factor in bringing the Israelis to the indirect negotiations table after it announced from day one that it has the Lebanese government’s back in its righteous and sovereign claims.

    Extraction of gas from Karish without guarantees to Lebanon that it will be able to explore and extract its maritime resources has been declared a red-line by Hezbollah since the negotiations kicked off, with the Israeli military receiving the threats loud and clear and increasing preparation to anticipate operations against the gas platform by the Resistance.

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    أما وقد فكرتم بنسف الاتفاق…

    الجمعة 7 تشرين الأول 2022

    ابراهيم الأمين  

    أمس، استفاق الجميع على صراخ مرتفع في إسرائيل. قرر يائير لابيد رفض التعديلات اللبنانية على مسوّدة الاتفاق البحري. وعشنا ساعات طويلة من التهديد والوعيد، قبل أن ينتهي المجلس الوزاري المصغر مساء إلى موقف ملتبس لا يحمل رفضاً للاتفاق، بل يحصر مشكلته مع بعض التعديلات التي طلبها لبنان. وتصرّف الجدّيون، من كل الأطراف المعنية بالملف، على أساس أن ما يجري في إسرائيل لا يتجاوز العمل تحت الضغط الانتخابي، وأن «لابيد يحاول أن يعمل أبو علي على حسن نصرالله» على حد تعبير الأكاديمي الإسرائيلي يوني بن مناحيم.

    لكن، لنفترض أن إسرائيل تريد، من خلال رفض التعديلات اللبنانية، خوض مغامرة تهدّد بنسف الاتفاق، أو أنها تريد كسب مزيد من الوقت والمماطلة والتسويف سعياً إلى ظرف أفضل لها على صعيد طبيعة الاتفاق، فما الذي يعنيه ذلك؟
    بعد جولات التفاوض الأخيرة، تعرّف العدو إلى تفاصيل لم يعتدها سابقاً من السياسيين اللبنانيين. وأدرك العدو، أيضاً، أن موقف المقاومة شكّل عامل كبح لأي تنازل إضافي يمكن أن يقدم عليه أحد في لبنان. لكن المقاومة لم تكن لتقف عند هذا الحد، خصوصاً عندما أعلمت العدو، بالخطاب وفي الميدان، أنها جاهزة لما هو أبعد بكثير من ضربة تذكيرية على غرار ما حصل يوم أرسلت المسيّرات فوق حقل «كاريش».
    يقول لنا العدو، اليوم، إنه مستعد لنسف الاتفاق، وإنه في هذه الحالة يهدّد لبنان بحرمانه من الغاز والنفط وبتهديد أمنه وما تبقى لديه في حال حصول مواجهة عسكرية.
    وما يهم العدو اليوم ليس موقف الحكومة اللبنانية فقط، بل ضمان تكبيل المقاومة من جهة، ومنع لبنان من البحث في أي واقع على الحدود البحرية أو البرية لاحقاً. وفي هذه الحالة، يُستحسن بالعدو أن يقرأ الموقف اللبناني بطريقة أخرى. ولمساعدته على ذلك، على العدو أن يعلم جيداً أن تعنّته سيقود إلى واقع مختلف تماماً:
    – إن نسف الاتفاق يعني نسف المسار التفاوضي الذي عرفناه خلال الأشهر الماضية، والعودة إلى النقطة الصفر تعني العودة إلى سقف لبناني مختلف عما جرى التداول به. وهناك بحث جدي وجوهري بأنه في حال إصرار العدو على رفض الاتفاق، فإن السقف الجديد سيكون انطلاقاً من الخط 30+، وليس الوقوف عند الخط 23.
    – إن نسف الاتفاق بحجة أن لبنان يرفض ترسيم الحدود البحرية والدولية الآن لا يُقلق المقاومة التي لا تعترف أساساً لا بالحدود القائمة الآن كأمر واقع ولا بالحدود كما رسمها الاستعمار. بالتالي فإن العدو سيكون معنياً بالجواب على سؤال يسبق كل هذا الكلام: هل يريد استخراج الغاز أم لا؟

    تأخير الاتفاق إلى ما بعد عهد عون يجعل المقاومة الواثقة بالرئيس تستعيد الهامش الذي أعطته إياه


    يعتقد العدو بأن تأخير العمل في حقل «كاريش»، مع مناورة تأخير الاتفاق، سيمنع المقاومة من التحرك، مفترضاً أن المسالة مرتبطة بـ«كاريش» فقط، ومتجاهلاً أن السبب الرئيسي لتحرك المقاومة هو القرار بفكّ الحصار الغربي عن لبنان وتحصيل الحقوق البحرية التي تساعد على مواجهة الأزمة. وسيكون مفيداً للعدو أن يطرح على نفسه سؤالاً عما إذا كانت المقاومة (في لبنان وفي فلسطين أيضاً) ستتركه يعمل بحرّية في بقية الحقول، وفق معادلة «ما بعد كاريش».
    إذا كان في إسرائيل، أو في الولايات المتحدة، من يراهن على أن تأخير الاتفاق إلى ما بعد الانتخابات، سيسهّل الأمر في ظل تغييرات يتوقع الغرب حصولها لبنانياً على صعيد الرئاسة والحكومة، فإن هؤلاء لا يفهمون أهمية ثقة المقاومة بالرئيس ميشال عون على وجه الخصوص، وأنه في حال الشغور الرئاسي، أو في ظل الانقسام السياسي الجديد، فإن المقاومة ستستعيد هامشها الأكبر الذي قلّصته بنفسها لثقتها بالرئيس عون. بالتالي، فإن الرهان على تغييرات تقود لبنان إلى تنازلات في مرحلة لاحقة ينمّ عن عدم فهم جدي لاستراتيجية المقاومة وآلية تفكيرها.
    أما الكلام المرتفع السقف الذي ضجّت به وسائل إعلام العدو أمس عن استنفار عسكري وعن تهديدات بتدمير لبنان وعن استعدادات للقيام بعملية عسكرية ضد المقاومة، فيدعو إلى السؤال عما إذا كان في إسرائيل من يصدّق أن هذا الأمر ممكن. وإذا ما غامر أحدهم، فعليه أن يستعدّ جيداً، لأن في قيادة المقاومة من لديه القدرة والإرادة على اتخاذ قرارات لا تترك معنى لأي اتفاق لترسيم الحدود البرية أو البحرية على حد سواء. أما الاعتقاد بأن التهديدات ستردع المقاومة، فالرد عليها يأتي من كلام رئيس الموساد الإسرائيلي ديدي بارنياع الذي قال أمس: «لقد تعهد نصرالله علناً ​​بمنع إنتاج الغاز من كاريش إذا لم يكن هناك اتفاق… وهناك خوف من أنه سيضطر لإظهار أنه يفي بكلمته».

    من ملف : الاتفاق الآن… أو؟

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    Hezbollah Emerging as Winner from ‘Israel’-Lebanon Maritime Talks

    September 24, 2022 

    By Tony Badran | FDD.org

    ‘Israel’ and Lebanon are apparently close to a final agreement delineating their maritime border after a Lebanese government delegation met with the Biden administration’s energy envoy, Amos Hochstein, this week in New York. If the deal goes through, the Biden administration will have turned Hezbollah into a significant player in the Eastern Mediterranean energy industry, a development that will both enrich the group and expand its regional influence.

    While the Lebanese delegation consisted of government officials, the real, if indirect, interlocutor for the Biden administration was always Hezbollah. The group’s chief, [Sayyed] Hassan Nasrallah, set the parameters and the tempo of the negotiations and has found an eager and cooperative partner in the Biden team. In fact, Hochstein leveraged Hezbollah’s threats to obtain major ‘Israeli’ concessions.

    With talks apparently headed toward the finish line, Nasrallah reiterated last week the ultimatum that has framed the talks. As before, Nasrallah threatened to ‘attack’ ‘Israel’s’ Karish offshore gas rig, unless the US and ‘Israel’ agreed to his conditions before starting to pump gas from Karish. The Hezbollah leader said, “our red line is the start of extraction at Karish. … We cannot allow for oil and gas extraction from Karish before Lebanon obtains its rights.” Nasrallah added, “our eyes and our missiles are [fixed] on Karish.”

    Nasrallah’s threats are cost-free, especially as he knows the Biden administration has leveraged them to impose a sense of urgency on ‘Israel’s’ caretaker government to concede Lebanon’s demands and conclude the agreement without any escalation.

    Based on official Lebanese statements and reports in pro-Hezbollah media, the talks are in their final stage and Hochstein is supposed to submit a formal draft agreement shortly. While the details of a final agreement have not been made public, the satisfied assessments from the Lebanese side indicate that Washington has managed to extract critical concessions from ‘Israel’ that meet Hezbollah’s demands. First, ‘Israel’ will cede the entire disputed area of 854 square kilometers of Mediterranean waters. It will also cede the whole of a prospective gas field that protrudes into ‘Israeli’ waters beyond Line 23, which Lebanon has filed as its border.

    ‘Israel’ has reportedly requested a buffer area extending a few kilometers out to sea from its land border with Lebanon. UN peacekeepers would presumably monitor the area, although ‘Israel’ would still cede sovereignty to Lebanon. The details of this buffer area and its coordinates were reportedly the final item to be determined. Once the agreement is finalized, French energy giant TotalEnergies would begin operations in Lebanon’s Block 9.

    Despite concerns of a conflagration before the end of September, given Hezbollah’s threats against Karish, Nasrallah’s speech affirmed the likelihood of that scenario was small. He was clear that an ‘Israeli’ test of the gas transport system from the Karish platform to the shore and back would not cross Hezbollah’s red line.

    The key Hezbollah condition was for production at Karish to be frozen until the consortium led by TotalEnergies had agreed it would begin drilling for gas in Block 9 of Lebanon’s Exclusive Economic Zone, which ‘Israel’ now will have conceded in full. The Biden administration sought to satisfy that condition, meeting with French officials and TotalEnergies executives to discuss the start of operations.

    If a border agreement is finalized, the Biden administration will have set a terrible precedent by leveraging Hezbollah threats to secure ‘Israeli’ concessions that enrich and empower the group. The administration will also have turned Hezbollah into a significant player in Eastern Mediterranean energy, enshrining the group’s partnership with France and its investments in Lebanon. The precedent might even extend beyond Lebanon as now Hezbollah is encouraging Hamas to follow its lead with gas fields off the coast of Gaza.

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    ‘Israeli’ Navy Checks Efficiency of New of Anti-ship Missiles Amid Fears of Hezbollah Action

    22 Sep 2022

    By Staff, Agencies

    As the ‘Israeli’ military is worried about a possible action by the Lebanese resistance group, Hezbollah, over the dispute on the Karish gas field, the ‘Israeli’ Navy double-checked the efficiency of its latest generation of anti-ship missiles last month.

    The Gabriel V is the fifth generation of the anti-ship missile developed by the ‘Israeli’ Aerospace Industries and the War Ministry’s research and development division, known by the Hebrew acronym MAFAT.

    The “complex” trial in August witnessed a Saar 6-class corvette INS Oz launching a missile at a mock ship.

    The Gabriel V missiles are being deployed on the navy’s Saar 6-class corvettes, replacing the Gabriel IV, developed in the 1990s.

    The ‘Israeli’ announcement came amid fears of Hezbollah’s threats regarding the Zionist regime’s gas installations at the Karish Field before the US-mediated talks over a maritime dispute reach a solution.

    The maritime dispute escalated in early July after the Zionist regime moved vessels into the Karish Gas Field, which lies in in the disputed territorial waters between the ‘Israeli’-occupied Palestine and Lebanon.

    The Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah does not rule out going to war with the ‘Israeli’ occupation regime over the its attempts at impinging on Lebanon’s natural resources.

    Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned earlier that the resistance’s attitude and behavior towards the ‘Israeli’ regime in the case depend on the results of ongoing indirect negotiations between Beirut and Tel Aviv over the disputed maritime area.

    The Zionist regime launched two wars against Lebanon. In both cases, it was forced to retreat after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of Hezbollah.

    ‘Israel’ Surrenders to Hezbollah: Zionist Media

    September 20, 2022

    The various Zionist media outlets and political analysts mocked the statement of the Israeli government which announced that gas extraction from Karish field will start regardless of the indirect agreement with Lebanon on the maritime border demarcation.

    The Israeli circles confirmed that Hezbollah managed to impose its formulas on the Zionist side regarding the maritime dispute, adding that Sayyed Nasrallah’s threats are the main factor taken into consideration by the decision makers in Tel Aviv.

    The Arab affairs expert Zvi Yehezkeli said that the postponement of the gas extraction from Karish is not technical, as announced, adding that Nasrallah’s threats affect ‘Israel’.

    The Israeli security institution is concerned about facing more of Hezbollah provocative acts, such as flying drones over Karish rig, according to the Zionist military expert, Roi Sharon.

    According to media reports, the Lebanese Deputy House Speaker Elias Abou Saab met with the US energy envoy, Amos Hochstein, in the margins of the UN General assembly in New York.

    Meanwhile, the Zionist media concentrated on the scene of the direct confrontation between Al-Manar reporter Ali Shoeib and the Zionist soldiers on Lebanon’s southern borders, considering that this comes in the context of the upcoming war between the two sides.

    Source: Al-Manar English Website

    Netanyahu ‘blows a fuse’ over Lapid’s Karish concessions to Hezbollah

    21 Sep 2022

    Source: Al Mayadeen Net

    By Al Mayadeen English 

    Former Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Yair Lapid panicked and retreated following Sayyed Nasrallah’s threats, thus yielding to Lebanese demands.

    Former Israeli occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival, Israeli PM Yair Lapid

      Former Israeli occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Tuesday his political rival, Israeli PM Yair Lapid, saying that the latter retreated following Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s threats.

      In a video message posted on his Twitter account, Netanyahu said Sayyed Nasrallah threatened Lapid that Hezbollah will attack “Israel” in the event of operating the Karish field before signing an indirect gas agreement with Lebanon.

      The former Israeli Prime Minister considered that Lapid panicked and failed to operate Karish, noting that now, he [Lapid] wants to give Lebanon – without any Israeli supervision – a gas field worth billions of dollars that would help Hezbollah possess thousands of missiles and shells that will be target “Israel”.

      Addressing Israelis, Netanyahu said that on November 1, the Likud party, under his presidency, will replace Lapid’s weak and dangerous Israeli government with a stable right-wing government for the next four years; a government, according to Netanyahu, that will restore security and the dignity of “Israel”.

      “Israel” made concessions to avoid escalation in Karish: IOF official

      Earlier, the Israeli Maariv newspaper quoted Amos Yadlin, former IOF Military Intelligence Directorate as saying that “Israel has made concessions in favor of Lebanon to demarcate the border to ward off the danger of escalation.”

      “Israel is showing leniency in the demarcation of the maritime borders,” Yadlin said, threatening Lebanon that the IOF does not want it to turn into Gaza.

      He highlighted the prominent role played by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah in this case, “which is indicative of the fact that he controls what is happening in Lebanon politically and militarily, which may push the Lebanese and the Israelis to a place that the two do not want,” as he put it.

      The former IOF official claimed that “Israel today has accepted the Lebanese line, and therefore, there is no place for Nasrallah’s demands concerning the Ras Al-Naqoura area.”

      Read more: Lebanese-Israeli maritime talks to end in few days: official

      Referring to the area adjacent to an area the IOF usurped from the Palestinians and consequently occupied, Yadlin insolently demanded “compensation for ceding the maritime economic zone in Ras Al-Naqoura and all the region to the south Qana field.”

      “We insist on these points,” he said, claiming that Sayyed Nasrallah “here has been trying to cause distortion.”

      Furthermore, Yadlin claimed that Karish is “purely Israeli” and that “we have to pump gas from there,” continuing to say, “The moment you concede to Nasrallah just once, you have to follow it with setting limits, because if the situation deteriorates toward an inevitable war, we know that we have done everything we can to prevent it.”

      This comes as Israeli media reported Monday that the signing between “Israel” and Lebanon of the agreement “on the maritime borders” is very close, stressing that what remains are “some technical details.”

      Similarly, Lebanese President Michel Aoun confirmed that negotiations related to the demarcation of the maritime border with “Israel” are in their final stages.

      Read next: US mediator made new proposal to Lebanese-Israeli maritime issue

      Fearing escalation, IOF request clarification on Karish statement

      Last week, Israeli media said that “it was the Israeli army that requested that clarification be issued regarding [an Israeli statement regarding] the Karish field, in order not to provoke tensions against Hezbollah.”

      Israeli Channel 13 stated that “the fear of a confrontation with Hezbollah has increased in recent weeks regarding the Karish gas platform. Despite Israel’s announcement that the next stage regarding the activation of the platform will begin soon, it has indicated, exceptionally, that the talk is not about extracting gas from it.”

      Channel 13 political affairs correspondent, Moriah Wahlberg, pointed out that “this clarification was not made in vain, but is rather aimed primarily at the ears of Hezbollah, as they in Israel do not want to create, provoke, and increase tensions, especially since these tensions already exist on this issue.”

      Wahlberg pointed out that “there is a disagreement in the Israeli leadership regarding the text of this statement, which was issued by the Ministry of Energy,” stressing that “some parties believed that this clarification should not be given in the matter of natural gas extraction, but parties in the army requested that this clarification be issued in order to avoid tensions with Hezbollah.”

      Read more: “Israel” fears military escalation against the Karish platform

      It is noteworthy that a source familiar with the matter revealed to Al Mayadeen, on September 11, that the US envoy for the demarcation of the maritime border, Amos Hochstein, handed Lebanon the coordinates of the line of maritime buoys, explaining that these coordinates constitute the “last point that is being negotiated,” in preparation for sending his [Hochstein’s] “full offer” next week.

      اسرائيل تقرّ بمعادلة المقاومة: الاستخراج بعد الاتفاق

      ما هي الرسالة التي بعث بها حزب الله؟ خلافات إسرائيلية يحسمها قرار رفيع بإعلان تأجيل الاستخراج

      الإثنين 19 أيلول 2022

      علي حيدر  

      أحدثت رسائل حزب الله شرخاً في التقدير والموقف لدى قيادة العدو وجيشه حول كيفية التعامل معها، في ضوء المخاطر الكامنة في كل من الخيارات الماثلة أمامهم. وفرضت مواقف السيد حسن نصر الله نفسها على المشهد في كيان الاحتلال، وخصوصاً إعلانه الأخير، السبت الماضي، عن رسالة بعثت بها المقاومة الى العدوّ تحذّر من بدء الاستخراج من حقل «كاريش» قبل الاتفاق مع لبنان. فيما استكمل الفريق التقني اللبناني الدراسة الأولية حول واقع الخطوط الحدودية، على ضوء مقترحات عاموس هوكشتين الأخيرة، مع تقديرات تشير الى احتمال الوصول الى حل لـ«المنطقة الأمنية» بما يرضي الجانبين

      شكّلت الرسالة التي أعلن الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصر الله أن المقاومة وجّهتها إلى العدو والأميركيين، بعيداً من الإعلام، ومفادها أنه «سيكون هناك مشكل في حال بدء الاستخراج من حقل كاريش قبل الاتفاق مع لبنان»، إطاراً كاشفاً لخلفية البيان التوضيحي الذي أصدرته وزارة الطاقة الإسرائيلية وأكدت فيه أن ما ستقوم به في الأيام المقبلة ليس سوى إجراء اختباري لنظام الضخ. ومنعاً لأيّ التباس، سمحت الأجهزة الأمنية لوسائل الإعلام بالكشف عن أن الجيش هو الذي طلب من وزارة الطاقة إصدار البيان وأنه هو من أملى صياغته أيضاً. في غضون ذلك، أملت ‏وزيرة الطاقة الإسرائيلية كارين الهرار، أمس، « بصدق أن نتمكن من التوصل إلى اتفاق. لدينا التزامات تجاه السوق المحلي والدولي، لذلك يجب أن يتدفق الغاز في أقرب وقت ممكن».

      وكشفت القناة 13 العبرية عن خلافات داخل المنظومتين القيادية والأمنية، بين مؤيد ومعارض لإصدار البيان التوضيحي. وبلغ الخلاف حدّ رفعه إلى رئيس مجلس الأمن القومي إيال حولاتا الذي حسم الموقف لمصلحة إصدار البيان. فيما لم يجر تناول طبيعة الرسالة التي بعث بها حزب الله.
      ويبدو أن معارضي الرد على رسالة نصر الله، بإصدار بيان توضيحي، ينطلقون من تقدير أن هذه الخطوة ستُقدِّم إسرائيل كمن يخشى المواجهة العسكرية مع حزب الله، وتؤشر الى تسليم عملي بالمعادلة التي أرساها الحزب. كما ستؤدي الى تعزيز موقف لبنان الذي سيلمس مسؤولوه بشكل لا لبس فيه حجم حضور المقاومة وفعاليتها، ما يؤثّر سلباً على الموقف التفاوضي الإسرائيلي.

      على أن مؤيدي إصدار البيان التوضيحي لا يمكنهم إنكار هذه الدلالات. لكنهم تصرّفوا بواقعية وتعاملوا وفق مبدأ الخشية من أن يدفع الامتناع عن التوضيح حزب الله الى خطوات تؤدي الى تطورات دراماتيكية، وتضع إسرائيل أمام اختبار ميداني مفصلي، وهو ما تسعى حتى الآن الى تجنّبه. ويعكس موقف هؤلاء أيضاً حقيقة أنهم يأخذون تهديدات حزب الله بكامل الجدية، ويحرصون على ضرورة إفساح المجال للمفاوضات من أجل بلورة اتفاق يحول دون المواجهة. أضف الى ذلك أن هذا الموقف يتلاءم مع التوجه الأميركي الذي عبَّر عنه الرئيس الأميركي جو بايدن في اتصاله الأخير برئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي يائير لابيد، وأكد فيه ضرورة التوصل الى اتفاق مع لبنان خلال الأسابيع المقبلة.

      نصرالله أهم تهديد لإسرائيل

      نقلت القناة 12 العبرية، أمس، عن قائد شعبة العمليات السابق في أركان جيش العدو اللواء إسرائيل زيف أن الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله «يشكل بالنسبة للجيش والمؤسسة الأمنية، أهم تهديد منذ انهيار الجيوش النظامية في محيطنا»، داعياً إلى «مراقبة شخصيته وطريقة تفكيره. وهذا دائماً ما كان على رأس جدول أعمال ضباط كبار، وبالتأكيد بالنسبة لي شخصياً».

      مع ذلك، فإن الخلاف داخل المنظومة المهنية – الاستخبارية يعكس أيضاً عمق هذا الخلاف وعدم استعداد أيّ من الطرفين للتنازل عن موقفه. وهو أمر مفهوم وغير مفاجئ في ضوء المعادلة الحادّة التي فرضها حزب الله: إما استخراج لبنان وكيان العدو للغاز، أو لا استخراج للطرفين مهما كانت الأثمان والتداعيات، وخصوصاً أن قيادة العدو وجدت نفسها أمام خيارين (الاتفاق أو فشل المفاوضات)، ستكون لهما تداعياتهما التي تتعلّق بموقع المقاومة في معادلة الردع، وبصورتها كضرورة وطنية لانتزاع ثروات لبنان وحمايتها، وهو ما يتعارض مع الجهود التي تبذلها واشنطن وتل أبيب بهدف إظهارها كعبء على لبنان والمنطقة.

      ‘Israel’ Denies Starting Gas Extraction from Karish, Hopes Lebanon Accepts Hochstein’s Final Proposal

       September 17, 2022

      The Israeli circles denied the media reports about starting gas extraction from Karish field, noting that pumping gas through the platform’s pipes will be experimental.

      Zionist Channel 13 noted that denying those reports aimed at preventing any escalation with Hezbollah, knowing that the Resistance had threatened to strike the platform if ‘Israel’ operates it before Lebanon obtains its rights.

      According to the Israeli Channel, the US energy envoy Amos Hochstein will submit his final proposal during his upcoming visit to Beirut, hoping that the Lebanese officials accept it.

      In a speech delivered Saturday on Arbaeen, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah reiterated that extracting the oil and gas off Lebanese shore is a golden chance to cope with the current economic crisis.

      “We won’t allow the Israeli enemy to extract oil and gas from Karish before restoring Lebanon’s legitimate rights.”

      The Israeli officials said that the extraction will take place in September but they delayed the process, the Lebanese resistance leader stated.

      “Hezbollah’s red line is the start of the Israeli extraction of gas in Karish.” His eminence revealed here that Hezbollah has recently delivered a strong message to the Zionist entity, warning behind the scenes that the Tel Aviv Regime will be facing a real trouble in case it started gas extraction in the disputed field.

      “Our aim is to enable the Lebanese government from investing in its maritime wealth, and this issue is not related to any affair,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, responding to accusations that Hezbollah has been trying to relate the maritime border talks to Iran nuclear deal talks.

      His eminence then affirmed that all threats made by Israeli officials “won’t turn a hair” of Hezbollah, saying that both ‘Israel’ and US knows very well that the Lebanese resistance is adamant regarding threats he made on the maritime border affair.

      Sayyed Nasrallah noted that Hezbollah has been calm in the latest weeks in a bid to give opportunity for talks, but stressed that the “eyes and missiles are on Karish.”

      Source: Al-Manar English Website

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      Sayyed Nasrallah: Hezbollah’s Eyes & Missiles Are on Karish, We Do Not Fear Any Imposed Confrontation

      September 17, 2022

      By Al-Ahed News, Live Coverage

      Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech at the end of the Arbaeen procession that headed towards the shrine of Sayyeda Khawal [AS] in Baalbek on September 17, 2022.

      Sayyed Nasrallah began his speech by condoling Muslims on the Arbaeen of Imam Hussein [AS] and thanks the participants in the Arbaeen March who walked to the holy shrine of Imam Hussein daughter, Sayyeda Khawla in Baalbek.

      In his speech, the Secretary General talked about the most important lessons of the Arbaeen saying, “Looking back at the stances of Imam al-Sajjad and Sayyeda Zeinab [AS] in Yazid’s palace, a believer could never show weakness or despair no matter how hard the calamities and the circumstances are.”

      In the light of this, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted that “The remembrance of Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] and his household is eternal until the Day of Resurrection.”

      The Resistance Leader affirmed, “There is no place for humiliation, but rather for moving on based on the long history of faith in the future and the divine promise.”

      Also, in his speech, His Eminence addressed the Iraqi people thanking them for their great generosity, hospitality, and love they have been showing for the visitors of Imam Hussein [AS].

      “We must thank our brothers and sisters in Iraq, the authorities and the people, for their immense generosity, time, effort, and management of this grand event,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

      His Eminence highlighted that “The Arbaeen Walk in Iraq, in which 20 million visitors took part, is unprecedented in history on the level of the participating masses.”

       “At least hundreds of thousands of those walked the road leading from Najaf to Karbala. Those visitors went there with their own money; states do not fund this ziyara. Those 20 million visitors are 20 million hearts beating in the love of Imam Hussein [AS]. The poor and the needy are the first we see there,” Sayyed Nasrallah clarified.

      Elsewhere in his speech, the Hezbollah SG recalled the Sabra and Shatila Massacre which was carried out from the 16th of September, 1982, and until the 18th of the same month.

      Sayyed Nasrallah explained, “The ‘Israeli’ enemy sponsored the Sabra and Shatila Massacre, but it was mainly perpetrated by certain Lebanese sides that are known and that were allied with ‘Israel’ militarily in the invasion of 1982.”

      “The Sabra and Shatila Massacre could amount to the biggest and most heinous massacre that was committed in the history of the Arab-‘Israeli’ conflict,” the Resistance Leader added, remembering that “Around 1900 Lebanese martyrs and some 3000 Palestinian martyrs were the victims of the Sabra and Shatila Massacre.”

      His Eminence said that the Sabra and Shatila Massacre remains “The most horrific to have been carried out by ‘Israel’s’ tools in Lebanon, and the ones responsible for it were never held accountable for it.”

      Sayyed Nasrallah slammed those who have been sowing strife in Lebanon saying, “We’ve been hearing phrases comparing ‘our Lebanon’ and ‘your Lebanon’, telling us we do not belong to ‘their’ Lebanon. I tell them that the Sabra and Shatila Massacre is one of the faces of ‘their’ Lebanon! The liberation of the South is the face of our Lebanon!”

      “The culture of death belongs to those who committed the Sabra and Shatila Massacre, while the culture of life belongs to those who liberated South Lebanon without even killing a chicken! They say the massacre was carried out to avenge Bachir Gemayel. They took revenge from who? From innocent civilians! Whereas during our fight, we did not even kill a chicken! Who are the ones of a death culture?!” the Hezbollah SG exclaimed.

      Elsewhere in his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah said, “The American guarantees neither protected the Lebanese and the Palestinians in Sabra and Shatila nor elsewhere. Anyone who trusts the Americans in this sense is offering their men, women, children, and even the unborn to be slaughtered.”

      The Resistance chief hailed the Palestinian youths, particularly those in the occupied West Bank, for their active presence in the field of resistance.

      “The enemy now is frightened by the resistance of the West Bank as it is fighting its young generation,” His Eminence said.

      Relatedly, Sayyed Nasrallah praised Hamas’ latest statement on resuming ties with Syria as a respected choice, saying, “Palestine’s priority lies in fighting the ‘Israeli’ enemy and the confrontation with the ‘Israeli’ enemy will prevail all stances as per the statement issued by Hamas.”

      His Eminence went on to say, “The Syrian leadership and people will remain the true supported of the Palestinian people and are bearing the sacrifices for their sake,” adding, “Resistance, and not begging, is the sole way to reclaim the rights.”

      Regarding the extraction of gas from the Karish platform, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted that “Lebanon is in front of a golden opportunity that might not be repeated, which is extracting gas to solve its crisis.”

      “We sent a powerful message warning that the enemy not to extract from the Karish field until Lebanon is given its rights, as this would be crossing a red line,” the Resistance Leader said.

      “We offered the negotiations a true opportunity in which Lebanon extracts gas and we were not after any trouble,” His Eminence explained, saying, “We are not part of the maritime border demarcation negotiations, but our eyes are on Karish, as are our missiles.”

      Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say, “I believe that the ‘Israelis’, the Americans, and others have enough info for them to know that the Resistance is very serious in its warnings, and that we don’t fear any confrontation if it was forced upon us.”

      Another issue His Eminence addressed during his speech was the UNIFIL’s mandate in Lebanon.

      “The most recent development regarding the UNIFIL is an act of aggression and a violation of the Lebanese sovereignty; it reflects the absence of the aging state and the one behind this ‘Israeli’ trap is either ignorant or traitor,” Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out.

      His Eminence added, “The latest decision regarding the UNIFIL would have exposed Lebanon to grave dangers, but the stance of the Lebanese state was a good one.”

      Concerning the issue of the government formation, Sayyed Nasrallah said that hopes are high, warning that the country must not enter a presidential void.

      “Everybody should offer compromises so that electing a president would take place in its due constitutional time,” the Resistance chief said, saying, “Threats are futile and we support calls for agreeing on a president with meetings being held away from tensions and vetoes.”

      Sayyed Nasrallah focused on the issue that “The President of the Republic must enjoy a wide popular and political base to assume his legal and constitutional duties.”

      In his comments about the events surrounding the banking sector, the Hezbollah Secretary General said, “Dealing with the security level is insufficient and officials must form a crisis and emergency cell to finds real solutions.”

      The Resistance leader summed up his address by stressing the importance of the popular support base that the coming president should have in order to be able to fulfill his duties adequately.

      “No matter how hard the difficulties in Lebanon and the region are, we will definitely emerge victorious and our people will be able to enforce their will,” Sayyed Nasrallah concluded.

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      إسرائيل تميل إلى الاتفاق لكنها تخشى منح المقاومة صورة انتصار

       الأربعاء 14 أيلول 2022

      كاريش.. هامش المماطلة ضيق

      يحيى دبوق

      فاوض لبنان الرسمي أكثر من 12 عاماً على الحدّ البحري الاقتصادي مع العدو، اتّسمت المقاربة الإسرائيلية خلالها بالتناقض واتّباع الخيارات المفعّلة لمواجهة حزب الله، وبمحاولة فرض الإرادة على لبنان وتحصيل ما أمكن منه، سياسياً واقتصادياً وأمنياً.

      كانت إسرائيل معنية بالتوصل إلى تسوية، لكن بشروطها وخدمة لأهدافها. لكن ميزان القوى في لبنان، وموقف الرئيسين ميشال عون ونبيه بري، منعاها من تحصيل المكاسب التي أرادتها عبر التسوية البحرية. فكان القرار الأميركي – الإسرائيلي: لا استخراج غاز في لبنان قبل الخضوع للشروط الإسرائيلية – الأميركية.
      إلا أن هذه الشروط فاضت عن حدّها، وباتت جزءاً لا يتجزأ من المقاربة العدائية للبنان وفي خدمة المعركة الكبرى التي تقودها واشنطن وحليفتها لإخضاعه عبر استغلال الأزمة الاقتصادية وتسعيرها، من أجل التوصل إلى اتفاق، ومن ثم رفع الفيتو عن استخراج الغاز، مقابل سلّة فوائد لإسرائيل وأميركا، من بينها إمكان تقييد حزب الله ودوره الحمائي، والتطلع إلى «نزع» سلاحه.
      في المقابلة التي أجرتها قناة «الحرة»، منتصف حزيران الماضي، مع «الوسيط» الأميركي عاموس هوكشتين، كان لسان حال الأخير يقول: ارضوا بما يعطى لكم، وكفى عناداً. لا يوجد حق وحقوق، ليس لديكم شيء، وأي اتفاق أفضل لكم من لا شيء.
      انتظرت تل أبيب وواشنطن الخضوع اللبناني تحت وطأة الأزمة الاقتصادية التي كانت تتفاقم يوماً بعد يوم، ومعها تفاقم الضغط على اللبنانيين.
      وكما هو معلوم، الضغط المدروس والحكيم والهادف لا يطلق على عنانه، وإذا زاد عن حدّه المعقول، فسيستسهل من يتعرّض للضغط أي خيار مهما كانت نتائجه، في محاولة لإزالة الضغط. وهو ما حصل فعلاً: إن كان الموت جوعاً أمراً محتوماً، فليكن الموت عبر الحرب، إذ في الخيار الثاني احتمال أن يعقب الحرب أو ربما يسبقها خروج من الجوع ومن الموت نفسه.
      على خلفية هذا الواقع، جاءت تهديدات الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصر الله لتقلب التموضعات رأساً على عقب: لا استخراج للغاز من حقل «كاريش» ما لم يتمكن لبنان من استخراج غازه. المعادلة واضحة. وأُتبعت لاحقاً بجرعات تأكيد للجدية، عبر المسيّرات وغيرها من العمليات، التي أعلن عنها أو لم يعلن.
      لم يكن في إمكان إسرائيل أن تهضم التهديدات، وخصوصاً أنها عبّرت عن قرار اتخذ بالمبادرة، ولو أدى إلى حرب. مع التقدير المسبق لدى تل أبيب بأن أي مواجهة، على خلفية المنشآت الغازية وبنيتها التحتية وصولا إلى استهدافها هي نفسها، هو واقع لا يمكن للدولة العبرية أن تتعايش معه، وستكون تبعاته السلبية عالية المستوى، مهما كانت التبعات على الطرف المقابل.
      ورغم الإرباك وتجاذب المواقف المجبولة صمتاً وصراخاً، وطلب التهدئة مع إطلاق التهديدات، والتشديد على ضرورة الحل التسووي في سياق التهديد العسكري، كانت المحصّلة على الشكل الآتي:
      أولاً، إعطاء لبنان كل المنطقة الاقتصادية المتنازع عليها وفقاً للخط 23 الذي فاوض عليه العدو ما يزيد على 12 عاماً.
      ثانياً، إعطاء لبنان حقل قانا كاملاً مهما توغّل حدّه الجنوبي ضمن المياه الاقتصادية لفلسطين المحتلة.
      ثالثاً، تمكين شركات التنقيب من العمل في الحقول اللبنانية بعد رفع الفيتو الأميركي عنها.
      والى حين الاتفاق والتوقيع عليه، فهم وإدراك ضمنيان لدى الأطراف الثلاثة، لبنان وإسرائيل والولايات المتحدة، بأن المبادرة الميدانية وإمكانات التصعيد والمواجهة مرتبطة باستخراج الغاز من كاريش.
      تداعيات الخضوع الإسرائيلي متداخلة ومتشعبة وهو ما تعمل حكومة العدو حالياً على الحؤول دونه. إذ إن دفع إسرائيل للتنازل والتراجع، تحت تهديد حزب الله، يعني أن إسرائيل تخشى المواجهة مع الحزب وأن ردعه لها أكثر بكثير مما كان ظاهراً. وبالتالي، فإن الخشية لدى العدو في أن يكون حزب الله، لاحقاً، أكثر ثقة وإقداماً ومبادرة في كل ما يتعلق بالرد على الاعتداءات، وأن تقوده الثقة الى المبادرة الميدانية الابتدائية. ومن شأن خضوع إسرائيل أن ينهي أو يحدّ من استراتيجية الضغط الأميركية بحصار لبنان ومفاقمة أزماته.
      إلا أن أهم التداعيات هو إدراك إسرائيل، وكذلك حزب الله، أن الوافد الجديد على المعادلة الردعية بين الجانبين، وهو المنشآت الغازية وبنيتها التحتية، من شأنه إبعاد تل أبيب أكثر مما هي عليه الآن، عدائياً عن الساحة اللبنانية، في موازاة رفع مستوى الردع لدى حزب الله. وهذا «السلاح» (المنشآت) يوازي في كثير من أوجهه فاعلية وتأثير السلاح النوعي الدقيق.

      إذا ما تلمّست تل أبيب تراجعاً في إرادة استخدام السلاح فستتراجع من الغد عن خضوعها البحري – الغازي


      وإلى حين الإعلان عن الاتفاق وفقاً لما تبلور إلى الآن، يسعى العدو إلى محاربة شكل الاتفاق وصورته فيه، عبر منع ما أمكن عن الوعي الجمعي لدى جمهور الطرفين: إسرائيل لن تتراجع على خلفية تهديدات نصر الله، وهي أرادت فقط مساعدة اللبنانيين للخروج من أزمتهم عبر تنازلها (أنسنة الخضوع الإسرائيلي)؛ تأجيل استخراج الغاز من كاريش غير مرتبط بالتهديدات وهو نتيجة أعطال تقنية (يبدو أنها لا تنتهي إلا مع الاتفاق)؛ وإطلاق التهديدات وتسعير نبرتها ووتيرتها، كي تلطف من خضوعها، في سياق خدمة مصلحتها بأن لا يقدم حزب الله على جرعات تذكيرية خلال عملية التفاوض. وهي مقاربة لا تلغي أهمية إدراك حزب الله موقع المنشآت الغازية الإسرائيلية في معادلة الصراع مع الدولة العبرية.
      قد يُظنّ نتيجة هذه المقاربة أن الحل، وفقاً للإرادة اللبنانية، بات قريباً. الظن، هنا، لا يخلو من وجه صحة، بل هو الأقرب على خلفية أرجح التقديرات، لكن ما قد يعترض هذه النتيجة أنها مرتبطة دائماً بوجود السبب الذي دفع إسرائيل إلى الخضوع. فإن تلمّست تل أبيب تراجعاً في السبب (سلاح حزب الله) وإرادة استخدامه، ستعمد من الغد إلى التراجع عن خضوعها البحري – الغازي، قبل الاتفاق وخلاله وبعده. فالعلاقة السببية لا تنفك بين السلاح والغاز.


      الاتفاق «استسلام لنصر الله»
      «ما يتبلور بين لبنان وإسرائيل بوساطة أميركية، هو خطأ استراتيجي كبير ستدفع إسرائيل ثمنه غالياً، وهو استسلام كامل لنصر الله». التوصيف يعود للوزير الإسرائيلي السابق، رئيس حزب الليكود العالمي، داني دانون، الذي أكد أمس أن إسرائيل ولبنان على وشك توقيع اتفاق على الحد البحري، يعدّ استسلاماً لجميع المطالب اللبنانية، ويتضمّن تمكين لبنان من حقل قانا حصراً، وقال إن «لبنان تنازل عن الخط 29 بعد تقديرات الخبراء بأن هناك حقلاً ضخماً للغاز في المنطقة المتنازع عليها، أي حقل قانا، يمتد حتى حقل كاريش»، إلى الجنوب منه. ووفقاً لدانون الذي تولّى طويلاً منصب سفير إسرائيل الدائم لدى الأمم المتحدة، فإن الاتفاق مع لبنان سيّئ لعدة أسباب:
      – تخلّت إسرائيل عن حقل غازي ضخم يقدّر عائده بمئات المليارات من الشواقل (3.4 للدولار الواحد)، وهو عائد مالي كبير يعطى للبنان، ومن شأنه أن يعزز حزب الله.
      – يشكل الاتفاق سابقة يبنى عليها في المفاوضات على الحد البحري مع الجانب القبرصي (حقل أفروديت – يشاي) وغيره من حقول الغاز التي تكتشف لاحقاً بين إسرائيل ودول أخرى في المنطقة، وربما على الحدود مع مصر.
      – الاتفاق يعني استسلاما كاملاً لتهديدات حزب الله الذي سيدرك أن إسرائيل ترضخ للتهديدات.
      من جهته، دافع رئيس شعبة الاستخبارات العسكرية في الجيش الإسرائيلي، أهارون حاليفا، عن الاتفاق البحري، عبر التأكيد على وجود مصلحة لإسرائيل بأن تكون للبنان منصة بحرية يستخرج منها الغاز، مضيفاً أنه لولا «خطف» لبنان من قبل إيران، لكان انضم إلى ركب التطبيع مع إسرائيل.
      وأضاف حاليفا في كلمة أمس في مؤتمر «معهد سياسات مكافحة الإرهاب» في هرتسيليا، أن لحزب الله ثلاث هويات: المدافع عن الطائفة الشيعية، ووكيل إيران، والمدافع عن لبنان الذي خطف الشعب اللبناني. وقال «إن نصرالله يحظى بتقدير كبير في إيران، وفرضية العمل لديّ ولدى الجيش الإسرائيلي أنه ليس تابعاً بل شريك في اتخاذ القرارات مع الإيرانيين»، لافتاً إلى أن هناك احتمالاً في بعض الأحداث أن ينضم حزب الله، ونصرالله على رأسه، إلى دائرة العنف الإيرانية.
      وإزاء التهديدات التي أطلقها نصرالله ضد منشآت الغاز في إسرائيل، قال حاليفا: «رفعنا إلى متخذي القرارات (في تل أبيب) تقديراتنا عن احتمالات التصعيد في الساحة الشمالية، وآمل في أن لا يستهين نصرالله بالرد الإسرائيلي إذا قرر التحرك. وأنا أذكر أننا أسقطنا الطائرات المسيرة التي أطلقها نصرالله باتجاه المنصة (سفينة الإنتاج في كاريش) إلا أنه لم يكن هناك أي رد فعل من حزب الله، رداً على المسيرات»، في إشارة منه إلى ما قال إنها «القوة الإسرائيلية العظيمة جداً»، في محاولة لقلب التموضعات بين فعل حزب الله الابتدائي، وانكفاء إسرائيل عن الرد.

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      Mathew Levitt: You Have to Take Hezbollah’s Radwan Forces Seriously

      September 13, 2022

      By Staff, Jpost

      While no one wants to drag the region into a war, the “Israelis” are more cautious to prevent the eruption of a full-fledged war with the Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah in the light of the worsening security situation in the “Israeli”-occupied Palestinian territories.

      In recent month, the apartheid “Israeli” regime has been preoccupied with the Iran nuclear deal, in addition to constantly delaying natural gas extraction from the Karish field after warnings by the resistance group. Thus, for “Israel”, going to war means that there is much at stake.

      For its part, Hezbollah, which launched drones toward the Karish gas field in July, has warned the “Israeli” entity of a military action against it if it proceeds with gas extraction from the gas rig.

      Referring to Karish, Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned in early August that “the hand that reaches for any of this wealth will be severed.”

      But Hezbollah’s warning to the “Israelis” do not come from void.  

      According to Matthew Levitt, director of the Jeanette and Eli Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Hezbollah has grown “with an estimated 150,000 rockets and munitions that can hit anywhere” in occupied Palestine.

      Levitt believed that “in the next war, Hezbollah will try to fire close to 4,000 rockets per day to start, followed by some 2,000 per day until the last day of the conflict.”

      In a recent interview with Walla, the “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF]’s Northern Command, Maj.-Gen. Uri Gordin said the IOF will prioritize the northern part of the entity, “since 50% of Hezbollah’s arsenal is aimed at cities 15 km from the border with Lebanon, including Nahariya, Acre, Safed and Kiryat Shmona.”

      “Another 40% of Hezbollah’s missiles can reach Haifa and surrounding areas. Only 5% can reach targets further to the south,” he added.

      “Hezbollah has not given up on work on its precision munition project,” Levitt said. He believes that the majority of the “Israeli” airstrikes in Syria are part of the “Israeli” entity’s so-called “war between the wars” campaign and that these airstrikes have been targeting components for the project.

      Levitt adds that Hezbollah has sophisticated drones that can be used for reconnaissance missions or carry munitions to hit targets.

      To add salt to the wound, former “Israel” Air Force [IAF] Commander Maj.-Gen Amikam Norkin has said the IAF lost its aerial superiority over Lebanon.

      Nonetheless, Hezbollah is believed to have gained significant battlefield e experience throughout its involvement in Syria.

      Hezbollah’s elite Radwan forces are a force to be feared and are spread across southern Lebanon waiting for the order to wage a military action in the “Israeli”-occupied Palestinian territories.

      “You have to take the Radwan forces seriously,” said Levitt.

      In addition to the on-the-job training and weapons [including American-made AR-15s], the Radwan forces “are disciplined,” Levitt noted.

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      Israeli Media: No one can get into Nasrallah’s head

      12 Sep 2022

      Source: Israeli Media

      By Al Mayadeen English 

      Israeli media points out that “in the security and military establishment they understand that no one can really know what the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, thinks.”

      Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

      Israeli media said on Sunday that in the security and military establishment they understand that no one can really know what Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah thinks.

      The media pointed out that “in the security and military establishment, they understand that no one can really get into Nasrallah’s head. The Israeli intelligence’s attempts to do so have failed and were disappointing.”

      The Israeli Kan channel stated that “amid tension against Hezbollah and weeks away from the start of the work to extract gas at the Karish platform, in addition to Nasrallah’s threats, IOF chief Aviv Kochavi issued a warning.”

      Kochavi claimed, “Rockets, rocket-propelled grenades, anti-armor missile sites, command, and control rooms are scattered in large areas of Lebanon,” according to the channel.

      Israeli media pointed out that “‘Israel’ is optimistic about the possibility of reaching an agreement with Lebanon” since the two parties understand that stopping the escalation comes in the best of Israeli and Lebanese interests.

      “Therefore, they have also been strengthening the alertness of the Israeli forces since July, when Nasrallah sent drones to the Karish rig, in addition to this evening’s message from the Chief of Staff to Nasrallah,” the media added.

      The escalation between the occupation and Lebanon has entered a new phase ever since the Israeli occupation government announced the start of drilling to extract gas from the Karish field, and since the entry of the Energean Power vessel last June.

      The escalation reached its peak with Sayyed Nasrallah’s threats that the extraction of gas by Israelis is prohibited without reaching a demarcation agreement that guarantees Lebanon’s getting its rights and wealth, which will contribute to improving its economic situation.

      Lebanese Resistance: Lebanon’s rights or escalation

      On August 19, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah rejected any link between the Lebanese border demarcation file and other files and noted that “If Lebanon does not obtain the rights demanded by the Lebanese state, we are heading toward an escalation whether or not the nuclear agreement is signed.”

      Last month, Nasrallah threatened the Israeli occupation over its attempts to forcibly extract gas from the contested region, warning, “If Lebanon does not obtain the rights demanded by the Lebanese state, we are heading toward an escalation whether or not the nuclear agreement is signed.” 

      He called on the Lebanese state “to benefit from the strength of the resistance and not to delay in obtaining Lebanon’s rights to gas in the Mediterranean.”

      On July 31, the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon military media published a video that displayed the coordinates of the Israeli occupation’s gas rigs off the coasts of occupied Palestine in a clear message to “Tel Aviv”.

      In July, Hezbollah launched three UAVs in the direction of the disputed area at the Karish field, on reconnaissance missions, stressing that “the marches accomplished the required mission and delivered the message.”

      Hezbollah implements travel ban over tense regional issues

      August 26 2022

      Resistance fighters were asked to stay put in Lebanon over the maritime dispute with Israel and growing political instability in Iraq

      Members of Hezbollah take part in Ashura commemorations in a southern Beirut suburb. (Photo credit: Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images)

      ByNews Desk- 

      Hezbollah has implemented a travel ban on all its members due to growing tensions with Israel and the current political situation in Iraq.

      The ban is deemed unusual, as many pilgrims had already booked travel tickets and reserved seats to visit Iraq’s holy sites.

      The situation between Hezbollah and Israel remains tense as a result of a maritime dispute over oil and gas exploration rights in the Mediterranean sea.

      The row over the Karish gas field escalated in June and has since drawn international attention.

      Negotiations between Israel and Lebanon are mediated by the US state department, under the oversight of US senior advisor for energy security Amos Hochstein.

      Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has warned that a response would be imminent should Israel fail to respect the interests of the Lebanese people and that the group would stand up “in defense of our resources of oil and gas.”

      In addition, the current political situation in Iraq likely contributed to the decision, as large numbers of supporters travel to Iraq to commemorate the forty days of martyrdom of Imam Hussein in Karbala.

      Iraq has been experiencing a ten-month-long political deadlock with mass mobilizations in the country’s capital.

      Supporters of the Coordination Framework (CF) demand the formation of a new government by the current parliament, while Sadrist supporters call for a dissolution of the parliament and fresh elections.

      While the Sadrist movement was able to win 73 out of 329 seats in the October 2021 election, Muqtada al-Sadr failed to create a coalition government, leading to the resignation of his MPs.

      Iraq’s judicial court resumed its activities on Wednesday, following mobilizations of Al-Sadr supporters around its headquarters. The country’s top court has announced it would hold a session on dissolving Iraq’s parliament, despite previous statements that it is not within its jurisdiction.

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