Hezbollah Gives the Israelis Something to Think About – by Richard Edmondson

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Recently Hezbollah released two videos, both within a space of about two weeks, depicting missile attacks upon an Israeli offshore oil/gas platform. This comes at a time when Israelis have been doing a lot of sabre rattling, as well as, likewise, laying claims to a gas field which lies off the Lebanese coast.

Here is the most recent video:

Hezbollah’s Central Military Media releases a video threatening Israel to strike its Oil and Gas facilities if it touches Lebanon’s Gas Block #9 within Lebanese Maritime Borders. pic.twitter.com/Wqz1eKoyB8

Hezbollah’s Central Military Media releases a video threatening Israel to strike its Oil and Gas facilities for the second time in less than two weeks, pinpointing the exact locations of Israel’s Tamar and Karish facilities. pic.twitter.com/HOjtsgdevL

And here is one which was released about 10 or 12 days prior to it:

Hezbollah’s Central Military Media releases a video threatening Israel to strike its Oil and Gas facilities if it touches Lebanon’s Gas Block #9 within Lebanese Maritime Borders.

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Here is a map of Lebanese offshore gas fields. The dispute between Israel and Lebanon is over block 9, to which Israel is laying claim, or at least laying claim to some portion of.

And here is a map of the gas fields off the coast of Israel…the Hezbollah videos appear to be threatening an attack upon the Tamar field unless the Israelis back off and quit trying to lay claim upon block 9…

“He who impinges on the future gas and oil facilities inside the Lebanese maritime borders–his facilities will be impinged on and he knows Lebanon is capable of this,” Nasrallah says in the video.

You’ll note of course the “disputed zone” in the above map. The word “disputed” is a word the Israelis are fond of applying to occupied Palestinian lands in the West Bank (this due to a finicky distaste for linguistic implications of the word “occupied.”) So what gives with the dispute over block 9? The Israelis seem to be employing the same philosophy here as in their settlement enterprise in the West Bank–grab as much as you can. Create facts on the ground (or in this case, in the sea).

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