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U.S. backs Lebanon's energy claims over Israel's in eastern Mediterranean

TEL AVIV — The United States is said to have sided with Lebanon's claim of sovereignty over energy-rich areas claimed by neighboring Israel.


Israeli diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama has approved maritime maps submitted by Lebanon of areas in the eastern Mediterranean claimed by Israel.

The sources said the Beirut government, pressed by Iran and Hizbullah, claimed areas believed to contain large deposits of natural gas.

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"The lines declared by Lebanon contradict both the maritime border agreement signed by Israel and Cyprus, as well as the border agreement signed between Lebanon itself and Cyprus," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on July 10.

Washington has authorized deputy U.S. special envoy Frederic Hof to mediate between Beirut and Jerusalem, the sources said. Hof has warned Israel that any maritime dispute could lead to attacks by the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah, which dominates Lebanon's new government.

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