Israel–Lebanon in maritime talks: Israel okays F-35s to UAE: Israel Update
October 30, 2020
Israel and Lebanon ended a second round of ‘productive’ maritime border talks on Thursday, and are expected to resume negotiations next month. These are the very first non-security talks between the two countries, which are technically at war. Israel confirmed plans to reconvene next month, and a Lebanese source said discussions would resume on November 11. Lebanon hopes that oil and gas discoveries in its territorial waters will help it overcome an historic economic and financial crisis. Israel already has a fully developed natural gas industry in its national waters—enough to produce all that is needed for domestic consumption, plus excess gas that is exported to Egypt and Jordan. Lebanon has insisted the negotiations are purely technical and do not involve any political normalization with Israel.