'Lebanon has right to benefit from gas'

Beirut parliament speaker urges gov't to pass "oil exploration law."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 25, 2010 19:06
1 minute read.
A natural gas pipeline [illustrative].

A natural gas pipeline [illustrative].. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Beirut has the full right to benefit from gas finds, Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri suggested Friday amid disputes between the country's parliament and cabinet over a new draft law to develop oil and natural gas reserves in the Lebanon's territory and waters.

An-Nahar quoted Berri as saying Friday that the draft law "deals with a vital cause," namely Lebanon's sovereignty. He also cautioned against "procrastination" on the matter.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Leviathan gas find spurts optimism
Landau: New Ashkelon plant to run on gas
Report: Israeli spy arrested in Lebanon

Though the bill has been in development for years, Friday's statement by Berri came in reaction to a June 3 announcement by a consortium led by billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva that it had struck natural gas in a field called 'Leviathan' off the coast of Israel.

Berri claimed the find lay within Lebanon's territorial waters, but National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau denied the claim, saying Israel would "not hesitate to use our force and strength to protect not only the rule of law, but the international maritime law."

He continued, “Whatever we find, they will have something to say. That’s because they’re not challenging our findings and so-called occupation of the sea. Our very existence here is a matter of occupation for them. These areas are within the economic waters of Israel.”

In response to Landau's comments, Berri suggested that Lebanon "speed up adoption of the oil exploration draft law."



Bloomberg contributed to this report.

Related Content

July 16, 2018
Mass protests sweep Iraq, target pro-Iran militias and parties

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN