Israel is ready to defend with force the recently decent discovered natural gas fields off its Mediterranean coast, said Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau in an interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday.
“We will not hesitate to use our force and strength to protect not only the rule of law but the international maritime law,” Landau was quoted by Bloomberg as saying.
Landau made his comments in reaction to the declaration of Lebanon's Speaker of Parliament, Nabih Berri, that the part of the gas field lies within Lebanon's territorial waters.
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.”