Israel Presses EU to Place Hezbollah on Terror List

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Palestinian children inspects a burnt car in the West Bank village of Qusra near Nablus on 21 February 2013. Israeli settlers torched seven cars in the northern West bank village of Qusra, (Photo: AFP - Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

By: Yahya Dbouk

Published Thursday, February 21, 2013

Israel expressed its deep disappointment toward the EU’s reluctance to place Hezbollah on its terrorism list after the Lebanese party was accused of being behind last July’s airport bombing in Bulgaria.

Israel’s Home Front Minister Avi Dichter described the discussion underway among the Europeans as a “farce, and far from reality,” adding that the placement of Hezbollah on the terrorism list will “dry up its sources of funding, and prevent it from carrying out terrorist operations in the future.”

Dichter had arrived in France on Tuesday, 19 February 2013, in an attempt to convince the EU to categorize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, but his trip seems to have hit a few snags, with Paris still reluctant to take such a step.

“Hezbollah is Israel’s eternal foe, and is the ally of Syria and Iran, and there is no question that they are behind the attacks that have occurred over the past few decades,” Dichter said in media statements.

“The European debate over whether Hezbollah is a terrorist organization or not,” he added sarcastically, “is like debating whether Paris is located in France on not.”

“What upsets me most,” he continued, “is the distinction being made between [Hezbollah’s] military and political wings. This is a farce in and of itself.”

Dichter insisted that Europe is a key source of funding for Hezbollah, and if the party’s covert channels of collecting money on the continent are blocked, it will inevitably face a financial crisis.

He dismissed the notion that placing Hezbollah on the terrorism list could further destabilize Lebanon, noting that the country “is already beset by many problems,” so such a step will not add that much to its troubles.

On Wednesday, the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot reported that, according to European diplomats, the EU decision will be based on the strength of evidence the Bulgarian government will present on Hezbollah’s involvement in the airport bombing.

France and Germany, in particular, have been reluctant to go along with the Israelis on this matter due to fears about the consequences for both countries in taking such a step, pointing out that there 1,200 French troops stationed in southern Lebanon serving as part of the UNIFIL forces.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.


When the Arabs trade the "Palestinians/Israelis/occupation" mantra to justify their local diseases and focus on core Issues, maybe then there will be some progress. Like the above poster, blaming Israel for all the Ills of the M.E.- Arabs and Muslims butchering their own ,which has nothing to do with Palestine.

The EU must place ISRAEL on the Terror List -- to end the Occupation of Palestinian Land and to stop continuing stealing Land. Free Palestine!

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