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Israel made concessions to Lebanon amid border dispute

Retired Israeli general and Executive Director of Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) Amos Yadlin attends a session at the Manama Dialogue security conference in the Bahraini capital on December 5, 2020. (Photo by Mazen Mahdi / AFP) (Photo by MAZEN MAHDI/AFP via Getty Images)
Retired Israeli general and Executive Director on December 5, 2020 [MAZEN MAHDI/AFP via Getty Images]

A former Israeli military official said, Tuesday, that Tel Aviv had made "concessions" to Lebanon for reaching an agreement to demarcate their maritime border to avoid an escalation, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Amos Yadlin, the former Head of the Israeli Military Intelligence Division, said Israel was showing flexibility regarding the disputed maritime border with its neighbour.

"We do not want Gaza in Lebanon, Israel does not want Lebanon to drown," he told Israeli radio 103FM.

He stressed that Israel has abandoned several points to help the Lebanese get out of the difficult situation they are in, without providing further details.

READ: Lebanon cites 'major progress' in demarcation talks with Israel

Yadlin noted that Israel should start producing gas from the Karish field.

"You can wait a few days, let's give the Americans several days, and I am ready to give them weeks, but not more than that," he said.

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister, Yair Lapid, said that production at the contested Karish gas field will begin soon.

Lebanon and Israel are locked in a dispute over a maritime area of 860 square kilometres (332 square miles), according to maps sent by both countries to the UN in 2011.

The area is rich in natural gas and oil. Starting in 2020, five sessions of indirect negotiations have been held on the issue under UN sponsorship and US mediation, with the latest round held in May 2021.

READ: Mediterranean gas fields: potential spark for regional conflicts

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