U.S. President Joe Biden met with Israeli President Isaac Herzog at the White House on Wednesday to address regional security challenges, including the threat posed by Iran and ways to deepen Israel's regional integration and normalization with the Arab world.
Biden underscored the United States' "ironclad" commitment to Israel.
The deal would also enable cash-strapped Lebanon to begin to explore offshore gas wells, which should they become operational, would increase the cost of conflict with Israel.
"Being able to exploit these natural gas wells — which will take time, perhaps many years before they're fully operational — is critical to Lebanon's future survival," Jonathan Lord told VOA. Lord is director of the Middle East security program at the Center for a New American Security.
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