Hezbollah international relations official Ammar Moussawi admitted on Thursday that Hezbollah’s political and military wings are one and the same and slammed the European Union’s decision to blacklist his party, describing it as an insult to Lebanon, its people and the resistance.
Following his talks with EU Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst he said :
“Everyone knows that Hezbollah’s political and military wings are one and the same”.
Chairman of the Israeli parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, MK Avigdor Lieberman slammed on Monday the EU’s decision to include only the military wing of Hezbollah on it’s list of terrorist organizations, saying, “As usual the Europeans only went half-way, and making a partial decision is insufficient, ” according to Israeli website Ynet.
“The military wing and the political wing of Hezbollah are two sides of the same coin. At the head of each stands Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah. The attempt to present the group as if it is partially extremist and partially moderate is like asking can a cannibal be a vegetarian,” Ynet quoted Lieberman as saying.
Moussawi added: “Israel may benefit from the blacklisting of Hezbollah, but we know that it does not need an excuse to attack Lebanon.”
“We informed Eichhorst of our rejection of the EU decision, which we deem as an American and Israeli product.” Moussawi said
But Eichhorst said the EU decision does not justify any retaliatory action by any country, including Israel, against Lebanon.
According to Eichhorst the primary reason for blacklisting Hezbollah’s military wing was the Burgas bombing.
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry distributed today photos and information about the two wanted persons in connection with last year’s terror attack in the Black Sea city of Burgas.
One year after the deadly terror attack at the Sarafovo airport, the authorities are asking Bulgarians to cooperate and provide information about the two, who are believed to have been involved in the attack.
The two Hezbollah suspects in the bus bombing were identified as Meliad FARAH (also known as Hussein HUSSEIN), born on November 5, 1980, Lebanese-Australian citizen, and Hassan El HAJJ HASSAN, born on March 22, 1988, Lebanese-Canadian citizen, according to the media statement of the Interior Ministry. Apparently there is no connection between Hassan the suspect and caretaker Minister of agriculture Hassan El HAJJ HASSAN who represents Hezbollah in the outgoing cabinet.
It is official
The Council of the European Union and the European Commission officially added on Thursday Hezbollah’s military wing to the EU’s list of terrorist groups , as agreed at the Foreign Affairs Council on July 22.
Those on the list are targeted with an asset freeze in the EU. In addition, member states have committed to enhanced police and judicial cooperation in related inquiries and proceedings, it announced in a statement.
At the same time, the Council also confirmed that this decision, under under Common Position 2001/931/CFSP, does not prevent the continuation of dialogue with all political parties in Lebanon and does not affect legitimate financial transfers to Lebanon and the delivery of assistance, including humanitarian assistance, from the European Union and its Member States in Lebanon.
The Union also confirmed that it remains fully committed to the stability of Lebanon.