Report: Israel to supply natural gas to Lebanon

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An aerial view of the Israeli 'Tamar' gas processing rig off the Israeli southern coast of Ashkelon on June 23, 2014.
Moshe Shai/FLASH90An aerial view of the Israeli 'Tamar' gas processing rig off the Israeli southern coast of Ashkelon on June 23, 2014.

The US-brokered move is understood to be aimed at minimizing Lebanon's dependence on Iran

Israel will supply natural gas to Lebanon in a US-brokered deal intended to minimize Iranian hold over the impoverished and crisis-stricken country, the Hebrew-language Channel 12 News reported. 

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Lebanon, which officially regards Israel as an enemy state, reached an agreement last year on bringing Jordanian electricity and Egyptian gas into the country via war-torn Syria, while the Shi'ite terrorist group Hezbollah is delivering fuel from its Iranian paymasters. 

However, the country is still grappling with round-the-clock power cuts that last at least 20 hours a day due to a financial crisis that has hampered key imports, including fuel for power stations.

According to Channel 12 News, the agreement was  by Amos Hochstein, Special US Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, and signed in the past few days.

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