Israel’s Ambassador to UN: “EU Must Find the Moral and Political Courage” to Label Hezbollah Terrorist Org
On Tuesday Israel’s Ambassador to the UN called on the European Union to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.
Speaking at a UN Security Council debate on the protection of civilians in combat zones, Ron Prosor noted that the suicide bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria last year that killed six, including five Israelis “was the deadliest attack on European soil since 2005.” Last week Bulgarian officials linked Hezbollah to the deadly incident.
“Make no mistake: Hezbollah’s sole purpose – its raison d’etre – is to commit terrorist acts both inside and outside the Middle East,” Prosor said. “Some European lawmakers continue to bend over backwards attempting to differentiate between Hezbollah’s military and political wings. This is an exercise in futility. The only ‘difference’ between these two wings is that the political wing negotiates the sum of drug cartel money that the military wing later uses to purchase weaponry.”
Prosor challenged the EU to make the tough decision of designating Hezbollah a terrorist organization. “The EU must find the moral and political courage to place Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organizations.”
Prosor’s appeal comes as other organizations have also called on European governments to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The European Jewish Parliament sent letters to each of the foreign ministers of the 27 European Union member states on Tuesday.
“Let us insist on the fact that there is no distinction between Hezbollah’s ‘political wing’ and ‘military wing.’ As Hezbollah’s second in command Naim Qassem stated in 2009: ‘Hezbollah has a single leadership. All political, social and jihad work is tied to the decisions of this leadership,'” the letter read in part.
Thus far only the Netherlands has labeled Hezbollah a terrorist organization, while the UK reserves the designation for its military wing only.