YNet News (Link) - Roee Nahmias (June 25, 2010)
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said Friday that his country plans to approve an oil law, which would maintain Lebanon’s gas rights in the Mediterranean. He was speaking in response to remarks made by Israel’s National Infrastructure Minister, who threatened to use force to defend the offshore gas reserves.
According to Berri, the gas reserves found in drillings off Israel’s coast are located within Lebanon’s territorial waters as well.
“Israel is ignoring the fact that, according to the maps, this field is included within Lebanon’s territorial waters,” he said.
Berri called on the Lebanese government to launch gas and oil drillings in its waters and warned that Israel would gain control of Lebanon’s gas rights in the Mediterranean.
“The best answer to Israel’s threats is to rush to approve the oil law,” he said. The Lebanese government is expected to discuss the matter on Monday.