A proposed US-brokered maritime border deal between Israel and Lebanon is teetering on the brink, just days after a final draft was presented to both countries’ leaderships and with hopes growing that an agreement was near.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on 6 October rejected amendments made by Beirut to what was supposedly the final agreed draft of the deal that was to be approved by each country’s cabinet. This is a blow for US Special Energy Envoy Amos Hochstein who has shuttled between the two capitals in an effort to mediate the talks which restarted in 2020. (CONTINUED - 862 WORDS)