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Israel Plans Lebanon Maritime Deal Vote Before Elections

Lebanese protesters demanding the right to its oil and gas fields on the Mediterranean Sea, in Naqoura, Lebanon, on Sept. 4.

Lebanese protesters demanding the right to its oil and gas fields on the Mediterranean Sea, in Naqoura, Lebanon, on Sept. 4.

Photographer: Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images 

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The Israeli government voted on Wednesday to approve the principles of a draft deal to settle a maritime dispute with Lebanon, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office. 

The US-brokered agreement will be discussed by parliament over the next 14 days, but won’t be put to a plenum vote. The government intends to vote on the final deal in two weeks’ time.