EU: Hizbullah Not a Terror Organization (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 07/24/12)
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The European Union on Tuesday rejected Israel´s request that it
categorize Hizbullah as a terrorist organization.
Cypriot Foreign Minister Gujarat Cossack-Marcolis, who presently
holds the EU´s rotating presidency, said "there is no consensus on
the issue, because Hizbullah also has an active political arm."
She added that the matter is open for reconsideration if "tangible
evidence" that Hizbullah is involved in terrorist activity can be
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman had requested the EU classify
Hizbullah as a terrorist organization after last week´s deadly bus
bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israelis and wounded scores more.
"It´s time to declare Hizbullah as a terrorist organization,"
Lieberman told the EU. "It will signal to the Israeli public that the
international community stands for what is right."
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu immediately charged Iran and its
proxy Hizbullah were behind the attack.
"This has great significance and demonstrates that Iran and Hizbullah
are responsible for a wave of terror operations on this continent
(Europe)," he said.
This "wave of Iranian terrorism by Hizbullah we are encountering will
bring about determined action," Netanyahu warned.
Mossad chief Tamir Pardo and and Shin Bet head Yoram Cohen briefed
the cabinet earlier this week, saying they were ramping up
intelligence operations against Iran and Hizbullah around the world.
They noted that Iran and Hizbullah had targeted Israelis in more than
20 countries around the world the past two years, though the vast
majority of attempts had failed, or been thwarted.
Also this week, IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz told the Knesset
Foreign Affairs and Defense c´tee that Israel had thwarted at least
fifteen attacks targeting Israelis abroad prior to last week´s
Some observers, given Hizbullah´s history, what constitutes "tangible
proof" for European officials.
While Hizbullah claims it does not carry out terror attacks, Western
and Israeli officials have long blamed Hizbullah for direct
involvement in, or orchestrating by proxy:
The 1982–1983 Tyre headquarters bombings.
The April 1983 U.S. Embassy bombing.
The 1983 barracks bombing that killed 241 US marines, 58 French
paratroopers and 6 civilians at the US and French barracks in Beirut.
The Hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985.
The Lebanon hostage crisis from 1982 to 1992, including the
kidnapping and torture-murder of CIA Beirut station chief William
The 1992 Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires, killing 29, in
The 1994 AMIA bombing of a Jewish cultural centre, killing 85, in
The 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, which killed 19 Saudi citizens, and 1
The 2000 cross-border kidnapping and murder of IDF soldiers Adi
Avitan, Benyamin Avraham, and Omar Sawaidwere.
In 2002, Singapore accused Hizbullah of recruiting Singaporeans in a
failed 1990s plot to attack US and Israeli ships in the Singapore
The 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri for
which 4 Hizbullah members were indicted by the Hague.
The 2006 kidnapping and murder of IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and
Eldad Regev, which precipitated the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War.
Indiscriminately targeting Israeli civilians with rocket fire during
the ensuing 34 day conflict.
The January 15, 2008, bombing of a U.S. Embassy vehicle in Beirut.
In 2009, a Hizbullah plot in Egypt was uncovered, where Egyptian
authorities arrested 49 men for planning attacks against Israeli and
Egyptian targets in the Sinai Peninsula.
A failed 2011 bombing in Istanbul targeting the Israeli consul, which
left eight dead.
A spate of bombings targeting Israeli diplomats in India, Georgia,
and Thailand in early 2012. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 07/24/12)
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