The cabinet is due to approve at today's meeting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' proposal for Israel' exclusive economic zone in the Mediterranean. The motion comes after Lebanon submitted to the UN maps, which mark maritime borders that infringe on Israel's special economic zone, and the natural gas and oil reserves that may exist there.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Army Radio Sunday he is confident the UN will accept Israel's position on its marine border with Lebanon. He said, "The dispute over the border with Lebanon was created by the Lebanese. It is incorrect that the Americans sided with Lebanon in this dispute. There are very objective and organized rules, and I think that Israel will have no problem proving its ownership of the maritime areas that are ostensibly in dispute."Ayalon added, "We've been in contact with Lebanon for a very long time. We have an interest in demarcating and setting all the borders, but they refuse. Even the current land border, which is recognized by the UN, is without Lebanese involvement or recognition. After the huge gas reserves were discovered, they suddenly woke up.
"Our position was that if the maritime borders are demarcated, the land border should be jointly demarcated as well. Now that they've suddenly sent maps, we have no choice but to set the borders ourselves."