Israel and Lebanon Hold Talks for First Time in 30 Years


In a tent 200 meters north of the Israel-Lebanon border, officials from both countries held talks Wednesday over a long-running dispute concerning their maritime border.

Israel says the disputed area is well within its sovereign area, while Lebanon disagrees.

The talks are especially significant because there could be large deposits of natural gas in those waters. Nearby are the huge natural gas fields of Leviathan, Tamar, and Dalit.

Officials from both countries played down the meeting, suggesting that their talks were nowhere close to a beginning of diplomatic relations. Lebanon is controlled by Hezbollah, which regularly denounces the Jewish state.

Still, the very fact that Israeli and Lebanese officials are sitting in the same room could be seen as a kind of breakthrough.

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