Uzi Landau: We'll use force to protect gas

Infrastructures minister: These areas are within the economic waters of Israel.

Minister of National Infrastructures Uzi Landau told "Bloomberg" yesterday that Israel is even willing to use force to protect offshore natural gas finds after the speaker of Lebanons parliament said the fields extended into his nations waters.

We will not hesitate to use our force and strength to protect not only the rule of law but international maritime law, said Landau. Whatever we find, they will have something to say. Thats because theyre not challenging our findings and so-called occupation of the sea. Our very existence here is a matter of occupation for them. These areas are within the economic waters of Israel."

Ten days ago, Hizbullah warned Israel not to extract gas from the recently discovered fields, because they belong to Lebanon.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on June 24, 2010

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