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EU turns down Israel call to put Hezbollah on terror list

 
 
 
 
 
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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (L) speaks during a press conference alongside the Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoulis (C) at the EU Headquarters in Brussels, July 24, 2012.

The European Union has flatly rejected an Israeli call to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist group, saying there is no such agreement among the bloc’s member states.

“There is no consensus for putting Hezbollah on the list of terrorist organizations,” Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, said on Tuesday.

Israel’s hawkish Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman made the request for blacklisting the Lebanese resistance movement while sitting alongside the Cypriot minister at a news conference held after annual EU-Israel talks.

“The time has come to put Hezbollah on the terrorist list of Europe,” Lieberman urged. “It would give the right signal to the international community and the Israeli people.”

But Kozakou-Marcoullis highlighted Hezbollah’s active role as a political party, stating that the EU would consider the move if there were tangible evidence of Hezbollah engaging in acts of terror.

Lieberman’s call comes days after the sixth anniversary of Israel’s war against Lebanon in July 2006, a 33-day conflict which ended in Hezbollah’s victory and heavy losses on the Israeli side.

This raised serious questions about Tel Aviv’s long-boasted military capabilities and forced several Israeli commanders to resign over their poor handling of the war.

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  • Jerry

    Lieberman – SHUT THE FUCK UP – YOU ARE THE TERRORIST – by using puppets

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  • Damien

    Israel is the biggest terrorist in the world, they should be at the top of the list.

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  • James

    “But Kozakou-Marcoullis highlighted Hezbollah’s active role as a political party, stating that the EU would consider the move if there were tangible evidence of Hezbollah engaging in acts of terror.”
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    Oh well, expect a Mossad (Hezbollah) attack in Europe sometime soon.

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  • TRACER

    Short and long memory.
    But 264 American military personnel have died then, most of them killed during a suicide bomb attack November1982 The explosives used were equivalent to 5,400 kg (12,000 pounds) of TNT.
    In the attack on the French barracks, the eight-story ‘Drakkar’ building, two minutes after the Marine attack, 58 paratroopers from the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment were killed and 15 injured.

    The blasts led to the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Lebanon

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