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US special energy envoy Amos Hochstein on May 8, 2015

US energy envoy Amos Hochstein made an unannounced stop in Israel late Monday following talks in Beirut on a proposal to end the dispute over the maritime border between the two countries.

Lebanon ‘Optimistic’ Over Chances for Maritime Border Deal with Israel


Hochstein reportedly met with Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid and other top officials to discuss the disputed location of Israel’s offshore Karish natural gas field.

Lebanon maintains that part of the gas field falls within its maritime territory.

The American envoy expressed optimism earlier in the day when speaking to reporters about his talks with Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

Drilling at Karish has already begun, providing additional impetus for Lebanon to reach a deal with the Jewish State.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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