07-10-2022 09:39 AM Jerusalem Timing

EU Decision to Blacklist Hezbollah between Welcomes and Condemnations

EU Decision to Blacklist Hezbollah between Welcomes and Condemnations

Reactions over the European Union’s decision to put Hezbollah’s military wing on terror list varied between welcomes and condemnations.

Reactions over the European Union’s decision to put Hezbollah’s military wing on terror list varied between welcomes and condemnations.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi denounced the decisioSalehin, stressing it serves the interests of the Zionist entity.

Iran "strongly denounces the (EU) decision... and believes (it) is in line with the illegitimate interests of the Zionist regime," the Iranian FM was quoted as saying by official media.

"The European Union, due to lack of correct judgment about the regional crisis, took this wrong decision," Salehi said.

The action, he added, is "against the Lebanese people since Hezbollah has put up a legitimate defense against the Zionists' aggressions," he added.

US, Israel Welcome Move
On the other hand, US Secretary of State John Kerry praised the EU decision, saying the move was a “strong message” to the party.

John Kerry“We applaud the European Union for the important step it has taken today,” Kerry said in a statement.
“With today’s action, the EU is sending a strong message to Hezbollah that it cannot operate with impunity, and that there are consequences for its actions, including last year’s deadly attack in Burgas, Bulgaria, and for plotting a similar attack in Cyprus,” he added.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the decision sends a strong message that Hezbollah “cannot operate with impunity.”
He added that it should have an impact on Hezbollah’s fundraising, logistical activities and "terrorist plotting on foreign soil."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also praised the decision, saying it reflects efforts made by the Zionist entity on many fronts to blacklist Hezbollah.