Israel Seeks Diplomatic Solution to Mediterranean Gas Row with Lebanon

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -

Israel seeks a foreign-mediated diplomatic resolution with Lebanon over a disputed Mediterranean gas field, the Israeli energy minister said on Wednesday, after a surge in hostile rhetoric between the two countries.

“We hope for, and are prepared to move forward on a diplomatic resolution to this matter,” Yuval Steinitz told the Ynet news site when asked about the Block 9 field, for which Lebanon has issued an oil and gas exploration tender, drawing condemnation from Israel’s defense minister last week.