Sen. Cruz ‘deeply troubled’ by perceived US pressure over Israel-Lebanon border deal

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, 2019

(JNS) — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday expressed concern over what he said was the Biden administration’s pressure on Israel to forge a maritime border deal with Lebanon.

“I am deeply troubled that Biden officials pressured our Israeli allies to hand over their territory to the Iran-controlled terrorist group Hezbollah,” Cruz posted on social media.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Sunday that Jerusalem and Beirut were discussing the “final details” of the agreement, though noting that “it is not yet possible to praise a done deal.”

The United States on Saturday submitted to Lebanese President Michel Aoun a formal proposal to end the dispute, which has been ongoing for more than a decade. Under the terms of the deal, Lebanon would reportedly be allowed to develop the contested Qana gas field, while Israel’s claims over the Karish deposit would be recognized.

The proposal is currently undergoing legal review, after which it will be submitted to a government forum — most likely the Cabinet — for discussion and approval.

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