Lebanon vows to block border wall, Israel eyes diplomacy on gas field



Lebanese leaders accuse Israel of threatening stability of border region


By Thomson Reuters Foundation – Feb 07,2018 -JORDAN TIMES


An Israeli army vehicle (right) drives along the border between Lebanon (left) and Israel as a Lebanese soldier stands in on his side of the border near the village of Kfar Kila (AFP photo)


BEIRUT/OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Lebanon vowed on Wednesday to prevent any territorial intrusion by a border wall which Israel is building, and Israel said it wanted foreign mediation to resolve a maritime energy dispute with its northern neighbour.

Lebanese leaders have accused Israel of threatening the stability of the border region. Arguments over the wall and Lebanon’s plans to explore for oil and gas in disputed Mediterranean waters have increased friction between the two enemy states. 

“This wall, if it is built, will be considered an assault on Lebanese land,” the secretary-general of Lebanon’s Higher Defence Council said in a statement after a meeting of senior government and military officials.

The council “has given its instructions to confront this aggression to prevent Israel from building [the wall] on Lebanese territory”, it said, without elaborating.

The council includes Lebanon’s president, prime minister, other Cabinet ministers and the army commander.

Israel has said the wall is entirely within its territory.

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