Netanyahu: Blacklist Just the First Step Against Hizbullah
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday praised the European Union's decision to place Hizbullah's “military wing” on a blacklist. In any group deserved to be on such a list, Netanyahu told reporters at a briefing, it was the Lebanese terror group, which was an agent of Iran that sought Israel's destruction.
The ban, Netanyahu said, was a victory for Israeli diplomacy.
“We spent years in efforts to explain to EU countries that Hizbullah was a terrorist group working for Iran. This is a terror group that attacks innocent people around the world. As far as we are concerned, there is no difference between Hizbullah's 'military wing' and any other wing,” the Prime Minister said, adding that he hoped that the decision would “lead to more practical steps that can be taken against Hizbullah.”
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon also praised the EU's decision, calling it “important. The fact that Europe agrees on this is important. Hizbullah is a dangerous terror organization that has no limits.” It was also a gutsy decision, the Defense Minister said. “Iran does not and will not hesitate to carry out major attacks in Europe via its agents, who were trained and paid for by Iran.
“Tightening the noose around this organization will enable greater cooperation between all countries in the fight against Hizbullah's terror.” The only way to beat Hizbullah was to pursue it with all channels and means, Yaalon said, “and the decision by the EU will help in that effort,” he added.