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Is the Israeli-Lebanese Maritime Boundary Agreement Replicable?

For the past decade, policymakers have argued that the Eastern Mediterranean’s offshore natural gas deposits could help support Europe’s efforts to wean itself off Russian hydrocarbons.

But maritime disputes between Eastern Mediterranean states over access to these resources — and questions about the feasibility of several grandiose projects — dampened commercial interest.

  • Gabriel Mitchell
  • War on the Rocks

These assumptions were momentarily suspended when Israel and Lebanon finalized a maritime boundary agreement after 12 years of sporadic and interrupted efforts.

With Washington’s mediation, the parties reached terms that would allow them both to exploit the…

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