WASHINGTON – US Senator Joe Lieberman is expected to introduce a resolution in
the coming days that would urge the European Union to label Hezbollah a
The draft resolution by the Connecticut
Independent, who is retiring at the end of the year, calls on European countries
as well as the EU to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist group. The resolution
additionally asks the Obama administration to provide information about
Hezbollah to its European allies.
The measure also supports the Bulgarian
government in its investigation of the July 18 terrorist attack there where
several Israeli tourists were killed. The attack is believed to have been
perpetrated by the Lebanese militant group.
The resolution, which about
half of the members of the Senate have already signed onto, notes Hezbollah’s
role in the terrorist attacks on the Israeli Embassy in Argentina in 1992 and a
Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994, and its activities in Syria as it defends
Bashar Assad’s brutal regime.
Earlier this year, the top White House
terrorism adviser delivered the same message in Europe.
blunt language, John Brennan, presidential adviser on terrorism, told Europeans
that their actions against Hezbollah had not been sufficient and that they
needed to brand Hezbollah a terrorist group.
“Failure to designate
Hezbollah as a terrorist organization makes it harder to defend our countries
and protect our citizens,” he said during a speech in Ireland in October.
“Without international recognition of and action against Hezbollah’s terrorism,
the group will continue to operate with impunity and it will be able to raise
funds that enable its terrorist activity.”
He stressed, “To prevent this,
the international community must assume a more proactive posture against