Greater Middle East (bbabo.net), - Tel Aviv's recent signing of a maritime agreement with Beirut was motivated by "the fear of the Israeli regime to enter into a new conflict with the resistance movement." This was reported by the news portal Tasnim on October 30, said the leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Seyed Hassan Nasrallah. At the same time, for Lebanon, he called this agreement a "historic victory."
"The resistance threatened to block gas production from the disputed Karish natural gas field in the Eastern Mediterranean until an agreement was reached that would satisfy Beirut's demands," Nasrallah said.
Emphasizing that threats from the resistance put the “Zionist regime” in front of the prospect of conflict with the movement and even regional war, Nasrallah added: “This happened (only) after the American and Israeli sides realized that the resistance was serious about what it says and witnessed our drones over Karish.”
Nasrallah's remarks came two days after Lebanon and Israel separately signed a US-brokered agreement to demarcate a maritime boundary in the Mediterranean, though the two sides remain formally at war.
Nasrallah also paid tribute to the "stubborn Palestinian resistance efforts in the occupied West Bank to reach an agreement", pointing out that "half of the regime's occupying army had been transferred to the West Bank and therefore could not go to war with Lebanon."
The head of Hezbollah stressed that "the occupation regime is not ready for a new war because of its internal problems, as well as a new uprising of indigenous Palestinians in the occupied West Bank."
Nasrallah went on to point out that even US energy envoy Amos Hochstein, who brokered the deal, had to admit that "fear of war" led Tel Aviv to agree to the deal.
He also expressed satisfaction that Lebanon had achieved everything it wanted in the negotiations, calling it a "historic victory": access to all of them,” Nasrallah said, noting that the deal marked a “great and historic victory” for the people of Lebanon as well as the “resistance movement.”
As reported by bbabo.net, on October 27, the leaders of Israel and Lebanon signed a US-brokered maritime border agreement, marking a diplomatic departure from decades of hostility and paving the way for offshore exploration.