Israeli diplomats step up calls to EU to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organisation

Written by on February 14, 2013 in Bulgaria, Europe, News, World - No comments

Israel’s diplomats, including the ambassadors in Bulgaria, Romania and to the United Nations, have stepped up concerted calls to the European Union to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organisation in response to Bulgaria naming the military wing of the Lebanese-based group being involved in the July 2012 bombing at Bourgas Airport.

Five Israeli citizens, a Bulgarian and the carrier of the bomb died in the terrorist attack, for which two suspects identified in the Bulgarian investigation as accomplices are being sought.

On February 13, Israel’s ambassador in Sofia, Shaul Kamisa-Raz, said that a result of the investigation by the Bulgarian government, all European countries should decide to put Hezbollah on the list of terrorist organisations.

All the evidence and the facts established during the investigation pointed to the offender being Hezbollah, the ambassador said.

The activities of Hezbollah were connected to a chain of terrorist attacks in many parts of the world, among them Azerbaijan, Turkey, Cyprus and Thailand, and in all cases the attacks were against Israeli citizens, he said.

He praised the way in which the Bulgarian people had reacted to what had happened at Bourgas Airport in July 2012, and thanked the Bulgarian government for the way in which it had investigated the terrorist attack and for its clear statement about the perpetrator.

In an opinion piece posted on the website hotnews.ro, Israel’s ambassador in Bucharest, Dan Ben-Eliezer, said that the terrorist attack in Bourgas “was not an isolated incident, but one element in a worldwide terrorist campaign conducted by Iran and its proxy Hezbollah. In fact, the Bulgarian report provides proof that Hezbollah is engaged in terrorist activities across Europe. Its intention to strike on European soil was evident when a similar plot was thwarted in Cyprus 11 days prior to the Bourgas attack”.

Ben-Eliezer said: “Terrorism has no boundaries and the time has come for the European Union to recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and place it on its official list of terrorist entities. This decision would be an important step in the fight against terrorism, as it would provide the legal basis for closer monitoring of Hezbollah’s international activity and infrastructure, as well as placing pressure on the financial dealings and criminal activities which enable its terrorist attacks”.

From New York, the European Jewish Press reported Israel’s ambassador the UN, Ron Prosor, as saying that “calling Hezbollah a charity is like calling al-Qaeda an urban-planning organisation because of its desire to level tall buildings”.

Prosor, speaking in a UN Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, denounced the fact that Hezbollah was still not on the list of EU terror organisations despite last week’s statements by Bulgarian authorities that identified the Lebanese Shiite group as being behind the July 2012 bus bombing in Bourgas.

“The terrorist attack demonstrated once again that the organization’s activities are not limited to the Middle East and that its fingerprints can be found on five continents – from Kenya to Argentina, Thailand, India, Europe and the United States,” Prosor said.

“Hezbollah’s sole purpose – its raison d’etre – is to commit terrorist acts both inside and outside the Middle East,” the Israeli ambassador said.

Related stories:

Names of Bourgas Airport terrorist attack suspects placed in Europol database

Findings on Bourgas Airport attack will have consequences in the EU, Bulgarian Foreign Minister says

Of Hezbollah and the road beyond Bourgas

We know where the Bourgas suicide bomber’s accomplices are, Bulgarian official says

US, Israel welcome Bulgaria’s findings on Bourgas attack

Bulgaria officially links Hezbollah to Bourgas bombing in July 2012

The terrorist attack on Israelis at Bulgaria’s Bourgas Airport – six months on: Updated

Prosecutor fired from team investigating Bourgas terrorist attack for giving extensive media interview

Bulgarian television viewers vote Bourgas Airport terrorist attack event of 2012 

Bulgaria cannot yet say who ordered Bourgas Airport terrorist attack, Borissov says after talks with Obama

We know who was behind Bourgas Airport terrorist attack, Bulgarian Interior Minister says

Bourgas Airport terrorist attack was planned outside Bulgaria, top Interior Ministry official says

 

Comments

comments

About the Author

Clive Leviev-Sawyer is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Sofia Globe. He is the author of the book Bulgaria: Politics and Protests in the 21st Century (Riva Publishers, 2015).