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 brought.
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 bombing.
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:
Source: Arutz Sheva