is an excerpt from an interview with Lebanese Minister of Energy and
Water Gebran Bassil, which aired on OTV on July 11, 2011:
This is our land, our water, and our border, and we will defend them.
We will not allow Israel to encroach upon our borders, or upon our oil
resources in this region.
what extent do you rely on the UN in this matter?
We rely, first and foremost, on our strength, our resolve, and our national
will. If the UN takes care of the diplomatic, political, and legal aspects,
it will be good. If it doesn't, Lebanon still has all the legal and
legitimate means to protect its rights and defend its borders. This
frightens Israel and the companies working in the sea over there.
For Israel to be able
to exploit its oil resources, the companies must work in an atmosphere
of stability and calm. Israel will not enjoy stability, calm, and tranquility
unless Lebanon enjoys them too. Lebanon will not experience volatility
and instability, while Israel enjoys stability. Absolutely not.