Israeli authorities appealed to the United States and the United Nations with the requirement to force Lebanon to cancel the tenders to search for oil and gas in five blocks in the contested Lebanese waters, the exclusive economic zone of Israel, according to «Globes».
The government of Lebanon expects to close the tender by September 2017 and in November to the winners.
Note that between Israel and Lebanon is no agreement on the delimitation of exclusive economic zones. Both countries when calculating areas and determining the boundaries based on their agreements with Cyprus. However, the various approaches to the definition of the Israeli-Lebanese border has led to the fact that Lebanon claims 800 square miles of the Israeli economic zone.