Scandinavian countries too intimidated to place Hezbollah on EU terror list
Israel focusing on getting Scandinavian countries to drop their opposition to the move since a decision would have to be unanimous within the EU for designating Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
By Shlomo Cesana
Israel is pushing for the U.S. and other Western countries to pressure Scandinavian countries to drop their opposition to adding Hezbollah to the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations.
Hezbollah supporters march in a Beirut suburb – Photo: Reuters
In recent weeks, there has been growing European support for adding Hezbollah to the list. But according to EU law, such a decision would have to be unanimous, meaning that any single country could block it.
Israel’s recent efforts have been mainly focused on Sweden and Denmark.
Israeli officials in Jerusalem are happy with the growing European support for designating Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The move was initiated by Holland and immediately gained the support of Britain. In recent weeks, Germany and France have also thrown their support behind adding Hezbollah’s armed wing to the EU’s list of terrorist organizations.
Such a designation would make it more difficult for Hezbollah members to travel and for the group to transfer funds.
Israeli Foreign Ministry officials believe the increase in European support for the move stems from Hezbollah’s overt support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
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