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New Israeli Prime Minister Lapid flew to Macron for support in the dispute with Lebanon

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Yair Lapid, who took over as Prime Minister of Israel four days ago, flew to France, where he met with President Emmanuel Macron. According to the Israeli government, this meeting was a serious signal to the Lebanese Hezbollah, which Israel wants to warn against a possible escalation of actions.


The visit to France just a few days after Lapid took office cannot be called accidental. France has always played a special role in Middle East politics and has enjoyed great influence in Lebanon, once a French mandate. Now Lebanon has serious contradictions with Israel on the issue of the maritime border between the countries. Lapid expects Macron to use France's authority to influence Lebanon and, first of all, the pro-Iranian Lebanese organization Hezbollah.

Israel fears Hezbollah strikes on a gas platform in the sea, on the Lebanese-Israeli border, which could lead to very serious consequences. On July 2, the Israel Defense Forces had already intercepted three Hezbollah drones flying towards the Karish gas field off the Israeli coast.

The rise in tension around Karish followed after the arrival of a special gas production vessel in Israel to begin mining operations. This event met with a negative assessment from Lebanon. Beirut believes that at least part of the field rightfully belongs to Lebanon, while Israel claims that gas is produced in the Israeli exclusive economic zone recognized by the UN.

From Macron, the Israeli authorities want him to negotiate with Lebanon and convince Beirut to soften its position on the gas field. In addition, this visit, according to Lapid's entourage, should also reassure Hezbollah, which will receive a corresponding warning about the inadmissibility of terrorist attacks on the mining infrastructure.

Lapid also discussed with Macron Iran's nuclear program and the possibilities of Western countries to curb its development. For Israel, as you know, this is a sore subject, since the Israeli authorities see the nuclear program of the Islamic Republic as a huge threat to the national security of the Jewish state.

By the way, Lapid and Macron have known each other for a long time. At one time, Lapid supported Macron as a candidate for the presidency of France, and then the current owner of the Elysee Palace repaid the Israeli comrade in kind, supporting Lapid in the fight for the post of Israeli prime minister. Therefore, it is possible that at the current negotiations, the French president will listen to the arguments of the Israeli side and try to use his levers of influence, and even pressure, on Lebanon in order to achieve a more neutral position of the Lebanese authorities on the issue of the fate of the gas field.

However, the point is not only in the personal relationship between Macron and Lapid: the aggravation of the situation in another part of the Mediterranean is by no means necessary for France, therefore, even for reasons of Mediterranean security, Paris will be interested in changing Beirut's attitude to the dispute over the gas field.
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  1. mitroha
    mitroha 6 July 2022 07: 40
    +5
    He threw a little at Macron so that he would explain to the Lebanese that there is only "I beg you, it's just business", the guys extract gas for themselves, and not at all a brazen seizure ....
    1. Shurik70
      Shurik70 6 July 2022 07: 54
      +3
      Lebanon has serious disagreements with Israel over the issue of the maritime border between the countries

      Probably, there is oil on the shelf near Lebanon, and Israel really wants to get this piece for its sole use.
      1. Cheshire
        Cheshire 6 July 2022 08: 18
        +2
        Quote: Shurik70
        Probably, there is oil on the shelf near Lebanon, and Israel really wants to get this piece for its sole use.

        So it is written:
        Beirut believes that at least part of the field rightfully belongs to Lebanon, while Israel claims that gas is produced in the Israeli exclusive economic zone recognized by the UN.

        hi
  2. Ross xnumx
    Ross xnumx 6 July 2022 07: 44
    +6
    For some reason, I immediately thought - the loot was not divided. Premonitions did not deceive me:
    The rise in tension around Karish followed after the arrival of a special gas production vessel in Israel to begin mining operations. This event met with a negative assessment from Lebanon. Beirut believes that at least part of the deposit rightfully belongs to Lebanon, while Israel claims that gas is produced in the UN-recognized Israeli exclusive economic zone.
    1. maksbazhin
      maksbazhin 6 July 2022 09: 04
      +1
      recognized by the UN

      Lately, it just doesn't sound authoritative. smile
  3. Cat Alexandrovich
    Cat Alexandrovich 6 July 2022 07: 48
    +2
    "At one time, Lapid supported Macron as a candidate for the presidency of France"...
    I remember there was another figure from Libya who supported another French candidate ... They tore the sick man to pieces. Now a Jew dreams of the same fate! laughing
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 6 July 2022 07: 54
      +1
      Quote: Cat Alexandrovich
      I remember there was another figure from Libya who supported another French candidate ... They tore the sick man to pieces.


      Lapid is playing a dangerous game with Macron, this is not the same guy.
      1. begemot20091
        begemot20091 6 July 2022 09: 27
        +3
        depending on which side to approach winked
    2. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 6 July 2022 14: 05
      +1
      Quote: Cat Alexandrovich
      The sick person was torn apart. Now a Jew dreams of the same fate!

      They did not grow a ripper of the required caliber.
  4. Egoza
    Egoza 6 July 2022 08: 04
    +1
    it is possible that at the current negotiations, the French president will listen to the arguments of the Israeli side and try to use his levers of influence, and even pressure, on Lebanon,

    Macron's authority is not right now to be listened to in Lebanon.
  5. Taimen
    Taimen 6 July 2022 08: 28
    0
    And Hezbollah was so scared of Macron that she once again fired rockets at God's chosen ones.
    1. Krasnodar
      Krasnodar 6 July 2022 10: 18
      +3
      Quote: Taimen
      And Hezbollah was so scared of Macron that she once again fired rockets at God's chosen ones.

      After 2006, it doesn’t shoot much.
  6. APASUS
    APASUS 6 July 2022 09: 10
    0
    Does Lebanon have an army or has Israel begun to pay attention to foreign borders?
  7. fiv
    fiv 6 July 2022 09: 15
    +1
    Macaron can only tell you how to shag your grandmother. Papa Carlo made a bad pinocchio.
  8. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 6 July 2022 09: 30
    0
    They’ll also raise the price of energy resources at the Israeli drilling rig. Lapid didn’t go there, you have to go to Iran. Here the Jews found themselves more hemorrhoids, having found oil and gas, that Moses brought them in vain into the desert where there is no oil and gas.
  9. nikvic46
    nikvic46 6 July 2022 09: 55
    -2
    Through its actions, Israel created Lebanon as it is. But there was a time when many dreamed of getting to a resort in the country of Cedar. And some dreamed of settling there. Israel did not need such a competitor.
    1. Krasnodar
      Krasnodar 6 July 2022 10: 16
      +3
      Quote: nikvic46
      Through its actions, Israel created Lebanon the way it is.

      And I thought that Syria, which sent Palestinians who fled from Jordan after an unsuccessful coup attempt))
      Quote: nikvic46
      But there was a time when many dreamed of getting to a resort in the country of Cedar. And some dreamed of settling there.

      The country was created at the insistence of the French as a refuge for the Khrtstian Arabs. yes The balance of the population was changed by Syrians and Palestinians.
      Quote: nikvic46
      Israel did not need such a competitor

      lol
      Have you heard much about Lebanese IT? military-industrial complex? Diamond processing? Chemical industry? Holy places of Lebanon? What, I'm sorry, Competition? In its prime, the country was a destination for tourism and banking (cashing, mostly) for Saudis and some Europeans.
    2. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 6 July 2022 14: 07
      +2
      Quote: nikvic46
      Through its actions, Israel created Lebanon the way it is.

      Nonsense. This was done by Arafat and his militants, with the support of the KGB of the USSR.
  10. Krasnodar
    Krasnodar 6 July 2022 10: 08
    +1
    There has never been a greater nonentity than Lapid in the post of Israeli prime minister. Nothing to do with the topic of the article.
    1. vova1910
      vova1910 6 July 2022 18: 10
      +1
      Quote: Krasnodar
      There has never been a greater nonentity than Lapid in the post of Israeli prime minister. Nothing to do with the topic of the article.

      we are waiting for "our control" to become prime minister - Lieberman
      1. Krasnodar
        Krasnodar 6 July 2022 21: 15
        0
        Most likely it won't. Hope laughing
        Our control is Sharansky.
        1. Shimshon
          Shimshon 6 July 2022 23: 33
          +1
          Liebermans do not attach importance to, and do not bother with such studies. By the way, when was the last time the NDIots had a Democratic primary?
          1. Krasnodar
            Krasnodar 7 July 2022 04: 06
            0
            No idea laughing
          2. vova1910
            vova1910 7 July 2022 08: 20
            +1
            Quote: Shimshon
            By the way, when was the last time the NDIots had a Democratic primary?

        2. vova1910
          vova1910 7 July 2022 08: 16
          +1
          Quote: Krasnodar
          Our control is Sharansky.

          Nobody remembers Sharansky anymore, and "our control" now means simply Russians in high government positions.
          1. Krasnodar
            Krasnodar 7 July 2022 12: 07
            0
            I know))
            Quote: vova1910
            Nobody remembers Sharansky anymore,

            Recently lit up with Gordon (Ukrainian) with the support of Nezalezhnaya. From the desident to the Western Mainstream - miserable