U.S. and Israel call on Europe to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization
Washington, United States (4E) – Just hours after Bulgaria blamed the group for killing five Israeli tourists in a terrorist attack, the United States and Israel separately called on Europe and the international community respectively to declare Hezbollah as a terrorist entity.
From Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland urged Europe to uncover Hezbollah’s infrastructure, financing and operational networks, denying it access to funding and other financial assets in Europe. She added, “For many, many months, we’ve made no secret of our desire to see the European Union take firmer action with regard to Hezbollah.”
The U.S. had already blacklisted the Lebanon-based Muslim Shiite group in 1995 after it carried out attacks on the U.S. embassy, Marine barracks in Beirut among a series of anti-American attacks in the 1980s.
However, it is now pressing EU to take measures to ban the group, which controls 18 out of 30 seats in the Lebanon cabinet, as a terrorist organization.
Explaining the reason why U.S. wants the group to be banned, Nuland said that Washington fears that Hezbollah might look for “other places to do their banking and plotting”, adding that Europe could be one of the places they could exploit.
She warned that Bulgarian bus bombing in last July that killed its Bulgarian driver along with five Israeli tourists at Burgas airport was Hezbollah’s one of stepped-up terrorist campaign around the world in last one year.
Separately, Israeli leader Netanyahu said that the Syrian and Iranian ally Hezbollah has a “worldwide terrorist” network that is planning attacking in nearly two dozen countries across the globe.