There’s no difference between Hezbollah’s military and social wing, they’re all terrorists thugs. It’s like saying that the ”social wing” of Al Capone’s mob (that took care of the local folks in Chicago to instill a dependence upon the crime syndicate) had nothing to do with the parent crime organization. At any rate, the EU recognizing Hezbollah’s military wing as terrorists, is the right move. Now for the rest of the terror org’s branches.
EU ban on Hezbollah may hinge on Burgas bombing
French ambassador tells ‘Post’: Blacklisting Hezbollah’s military wing rests on outcome of Bulgaria suicide bombing inquiry.
PHOTO: REUTERS/SHARIF KARIM
BERLIN – In deciding whether to list Hezbollah as a terrorist group, the EU will consider as a key factor the outcome of the Bulgarian inquiry into the July suicide bombing that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver, French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.
“Our British friends would like to put Hezbollah’s military wing on the terror list,” said Bigot, adding that the “main element is what is the outcome of the inquiry in Bulgaria,” he said in a telephone interview with the Post.
He added that Bulgaria has not yet reported the results of the investigation and the EU has had to wait for the process to end.
American and Israeli intelligence officials attribute the suicide bombing at the seaside resort of Burgas, earlier this year, to a joint Hezbollah-Iran operation.
According to a report in The New York Times, Israel’s intelligence apparatus intercepted telephone calls between Lebanon and Burgas, months ahead of the bombing.
Bigot stressed that the EU “still does not have the result of the Bulgarian inquiry” and that “we will be able to make the decision when we have a result of the inquiry.”
Asked about Hezbollah’s role in aiding the Syrian regime to violently wipe out the pro-democracy movement, Bigot said, “Hezbollah has a lot of activities” and is also “part of Lebanon‘s government.”
The United States government listed Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in 1995.
Europe’s resistance to outlawing Hezbollah as a terror group prompted Obama’s top counterterrorism head to publicly scold the Europeans in late October.