Berri Says Lebanese National Defenses in Danger
Speaker Nabih Berri slammed some officials in the state without naming them, stressing that they don’t want to continue the establishment of Lebanon’s national defenses.
Berri statements came after Israeli press reported that their country began establishing a military strategy to secure the oil fields disputed over with Lebanon.
“They don’t want to restore the political, national and strategic awareness aimed at preserving the nation's rights and natural resources,” he said.
The speaker noted that Israel will not hesitate to violate Lebanon’s unity and hit its strength to halt any attempt by Lebanon to renew the dialogue among the Lebanese.
Israel has for months been moving to develop several large offshore natural gas fields, some which are shared with Cyprus, that it hopes could help it to become an energy exporter.
But its development plans have stirred controversy with Lebanon, which argues the gas fields lie inside its territorial waters.
Israel does not have officially demarcated maritime borders with Lebanon, and the two countries remain technically at war.