Prime Minister Yair Lapid flew over the Karish natural gas platform, today, and was briefed by relevant officials during the flight.

Prime Minister Lapid said: "Israel's natural gas reserves have the potential to contribute toward a solution for the global energy crisis. Lebanon could also benefit from developing the reserves in its economic waters, through negotiations, which should be concluded forthwith."

"This new platform is the energy future of the State of Israel and constitutes an economic opportunity, which includes the export of gas to Egypt and Europe, that every Israeli citizen will benefit from in the not-too-distant future."