(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes the European Union
decision to include Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organizations:
"I welcome the fact that the EU has also declared Hezbollah to be a
terrorist organization and I thank the leaders of its member states.
In recent years, the State of Israel has invested great effort in
explaining to all EU member states that Hezbollah is the terrorist arm
of the Iranian regime and perpetrates attacks around the world. For
years, the organization has carried out attacks against innocent
civilians across the globe. Recently, it has sought to perpetrate dozens
of attacks, some of which were actually carried out, in Asia, Africa,
America and Europe, including the reprehensible murder in Bulgaria and
an attack that was foiled in Cyprus.
At the same time, thousands of this terrorist organization's
operatives are daily perpetrating war crimes in Syria and participating
in the slaughter being carried out there, alongside Assad's forces; they
have murdered approximately 100,000 innocent civilians so far.
As far as the State of Israel is concerned, Hezbollah is one
organization, the arms of which are indistinguishable. It has imposed
terrorist rule on wide sections of Lebanon, has converted them into an
Iranian protectorate and is stockpiling tens of thousands of rockets
there. These have been placed in the heart of civilian populations and
are designed to be fired at population centers in Israel.
I hope that the implementation of the decision will lead to tangible steps against the organization."
(Communicated by the Office of the President)
the decision by the European Union to include Hezbollah on the list of
terrorist organizations President Peres sent special letters to the
leaders of the European Union.
President Shimon Peres, today
(Monday, 22 July 2013), sent special letters to the leaders of the
European Union, following their unanimous decision to include the
military wing of Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organizations.
the letters President Peres wrote, "I welcome the European Union's
decision regarding Hezbollah, a significant and necessary step towards
putting an end to the spread of terror across the globe. The devastating
effects of terror are not restricted to the Middle East. As we
witnessed in the horrific attack in Bulgaria
Hezbollah strikes all over the world, including within Europe,
indiscriminately targeting innocent civilians. Your decision sends a
clear message to terror organizations and the countries which harbor
them that their murderous actions will not be tolerated."