Hizbullah terror operatives are in Europe scanning for area for Jewish targets, according to a source quoted by The New York Times. Israel has for months tried unsuccessfully to persuade the European Union to add Hizbullah to its official list of terrorist organizations.
Hizbullah member Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, 24, admitted this week in a Cyprus courtroom that he had been ordered by his handlers to seek out kosher restaurants and other Israeli and Jewish hotspots throughout the European Union.
Yaacoub, arrested six months ago, was sent to cities such as Limassol, Amsterdam and Antalya, he told the court. The young Lebanese-born operative testified that he was taken in a commercial vehicle to meet with his handler, a masked man whom he knew as “Ayman,” and admitted membership in Hizbullah.
Yaacoub also gave information about his communications with his handler, including code words, and about Hizbullah's European activities, according to the report published in Wednesday's New York Times.
Arrested on July 7, 2012 reportedly with the assistance of Israel's international Mossad intelligence agency, Yaacoub denied ever taking part in an actual terrorist attack on Israeli tourists in Cyprus, as accused.
“Even if they had asked me.... I would refuse,” he told the court. “I could never do that. I'm only trained to defend Lebanon.”