‘You’re making history’: Biden hails border deal in calls with Lapid, Lebanon’s Aoun

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US President Joe Biden on Tuesday separately phoned Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday to congratulate them on backing the first mutually agreed upon boundary between their two countries, in a US-brokered deal aimed at ending a decades-long maritime dispute.

“You’re making history,” Biden told Lapid, according to a readout from the Prime Minister’s Office, which also said that Lapid managed to secure a series of economic and security guarantees from the US in parallel to the agreement.

“They form a confederacy against You: The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal (northern Lebanon) , Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre (southern Lebanon).” Psalm 83:5-7

Biden said in a statement that the maritime deal announced by both governments earlier Tuesday “will provide for the development of energy fields for the benefit of both countries, setting the stage for a more stable and prosperous region, and harnessing vital new energy resources for the world.”