On July 31 multiple western media outlets published reports of Hizbullah’s drone footage of Israeli ships in a disputed gas field in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Hizbullah footage release coincided with the arrival of US Senior Advisor for Energy Security Amos Hochstein in occupied Palestine.
According to apartheid Israel’s media reports “Amos Hochstein has arrived in Israel for an unannounced visit following meetings in Lebanon.”
Zionist media outlets further said that the two countries [Lebanon and Israel] will “continue indirect talks to solve an ongoing maritime dispute.”
Even though many corporate media outlets focused on Hochstein’s arrival, his presence in the region was not the most important aspect of the maritime dispute between Lebanon and apartheid Israel.
This is not only because the US can never be an impartial broker, but Hizbullah essentially told Israel through its drone footage that the entity should not count on stable economic dividends from the gas field.
Essentially, the message from Lebanon is that instead of a new gas field, you are about to get a new geopolitical headache.
Hizbullah’s open demonstration of capabilities to reach Israeli presence in the sea means that Tel Aviv will now have to allocate additional logistical, financial, military, and political resources to maintain some sort of deterrence vis-à-vis Hizbullah not just on land but also the sea.
Previously, Israeli-Hizbullah deterrence was limited to land borders.
Now an additional pressure point has been opened against Israel.
Considering that Israel’s economy is heavily subsidized by NATO regimes, Tel Aviv on its own is unlikely to be able to develop new gas fields.
Hizbullah’s footage is a symbolic message to anyone involved in trying to develop gas fields for Israel that any investments in such ventures are highly risky and could go up in smoke, or end at the bottom of the sea.
Given western Europe’s desperation for new gas supplies following disruption of supplies from Russia, it is not far fetched to assume that European regimes would be interested in utilizing the new gas fields to make up for the shortfall.
This reality gives Lebanon additional leverage to make sure that if Israel is allowed to benefit economically from the new gas field, Lebanon is given an equal opportunity to do so as well.
When looked at in the broader context, the latest news is another indicator that Israel is losing its military dominance in areas which prior to 2006 was virtually unimaginable.
Zionist aggression against Hizbullah in 2006, far from decimating the resistance movement, put an end to Israel’s dominance using its tanks and fighter planes.
After 2006, as the regional resistance movements began developing drone capabilities, Israeli dominance of the skies and the reconnaissance field was also undercut.
It is not a safe place for strategic economic investments such as developing gas fields in an area of the sea where others have equally strong claims and the ability to disrupt them.