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Report: EU Backing Away from Blacklisting Hezbollah

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The European Union in reneging on its plan to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization, diplomatic sources in Jerusalem have told Israel’s Maariv newspaper.

As recently as two weeks ago the EU was planning to name Hezbollah’s military wing a terrorist organization following reports of its involvement in Syria. However, a meeting held this week quickly became political, and the plan was met with strong opposition from both Ireland and Sweden, as well as several other countries, the diplomatic sources said.

The official reason given for retracting the move is a fear of instability in Lebanon, but the diplomatic sources say it was a matter of Ireland and Sweden fearing for the safety of a UN peacekeeping mission in the region.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that another main concern is the clarity of evidence linking Hezbollah to the Burgas bus bombing last year. Officials from member states in favor of the blacklisting have admitted that the evidence appears circumstantial. The new Bulgarian government’s hesitation in fingering Hezbollah has also weighed on discussions, several diplomats said, according to the WSJ.

Several EU diplomats told the WSJ that the discussions were inconclusive, though further talks are likely to be held later in the month.

All 27 EU member states must agree in order for Hezbollah to be added to the list.

“My guess is it’s going to take some time” to reach a decision, one EU diplomat briefed on the discussions told the WSJ. “There is no unanimity yet” on blacklisting Hezbollah, the person added.

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  • Alon

    Europe? there is no such a thing as “Europe” whatever exist today is a chimera, a mirage and its foundation is like chicken legs…..bound to fall. Sweden has always been a welcoming place for Nazis and their theories and the Irish are drinking too much ale to think straight.

  • Fredric M. London

    Is anyone really surprised? Sweden and Ireland’s history of anti-Semitism is long and deep. As for Bulgaria? Anyone who believed that the EU would take the huge step of calling a terrorist organization a terrorist organization is a deluded optimist. Take heart, however, the day will come when it will label Israel a terrorist organization, and this will prove that this august sham of a body can take action when it wants to.

  • Bernard Ross

    I’ll bet they agree on israel sanctions though.

  • Straightshooter

    A typical, yet still craven reaction from the EU. Haven’t these people learned that appeasement and a failure to recognize reality lead to disastrous results, particularly when dealing with terrorists?

    • again,you are RIGHT

    • EthanP

      Not when you’re a coward!

  • aall55

    Europe is sandwiched between a rock and a hard place.

    It is too late , Europe is doomed.

  • Mike Danziger

    Typical E.U.
    E.U. The New Face of the Nazis

  • shmeelshiya

    Cowards…plain and simple…Hippocrates, liars, but first and foremost, cowards; hoping the crocodile will eat them last.

  • kaytee

    the terrorists will be disappointed if people call them terrorists and don’t fear opposing them

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    Europe is making a bad decision. Does Europe fear a backlash in Europe itself? Europe can deal with Islamic extremism, although too much PC from liberal’s out of touch with reality is preventing strict measures from being taken on home soil, pandering to Hezbollah is just an extension of PC liberalism. I’m not not surprised there is no unanimity yet, I really can’t see Italy and France condoning Hezbollah and I would be surprised at Germany.

    • Otto Waldmann

      Unfortunately Europe cannot deal directly with its islamic terroris newtwork. The “institution” is so well established in Western Europe and these kind of decisions are the immediate result of the , precisely, international strategy mustered by…Hezbolah. By not proscribing Hezbolah, EU has encouraged its legitimacy inside the EU proper. Self defeating, suicidal, the lot.