BERLIN – The Lebanese political and militia organization Hezbollah blasted the
Obama administration and Israel on Monday for allegedly stoking discontent in
Since US President Barack Obama termed Hezbollah a
terrorist organization last month in Jerusalem and called on the international
community to designate the entity as a terror movement, the Lebanese Shi’ite
group has repeatedly fired back at the US in statements.
According to a
Monday report in the Lebanese paper The Daily Star, the head of Hezbollah’s
executive council, Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, said, “We are to this day still
working with all our might to ward off the specter of strife [hanging over] our
country – a strife we have rejected because it is a US scheme together with an
Israeli project that is the basis for the discord moving from one region to
“This is the destructive American project against Syria and the
entire region – which aims to instill fighting and pushes with all its might to
keep the bloodshed and destruction,” he said according to the paper, adding, “In
Lebanon, we are facing the same problem with the Americans who are interfering
in everything and trying to impose agendas and headlines.”
Obama called on countries to outlaw Hezbollah, saying “that’s why every country
that values justice should call Hezbollah what it truly is: a terrorist
organization,” making what was widely viewed as a clear reference to the ongoing
EU talks about banning Hezbollah.
Only a small number of Western
democracies – the US, the Netherlands and Canada – recognize Hezbollah’s entire
organization a terrorist organization.
The United Kingdom has blacklisted
Hezbollah’s military wing for targeting British soldiers for death in Iraq.
Germany, Austria, France and Sweden have resisted including Hezbollah on the EU
Israel considers Hezbollah an enemy and terrorist
The US government accuses Hezbollah leaders of aiding
Syria’s regime in its bloodsoaked campaign to wipe out pro-reform
Lebanon’s government dissolved last month and talks are under
way to form a new one.
Hezbollah is considered a kingmaker in the
formation of a new regime, but the Iranbacked group has encountered blowback
from Lebanese Sunnis because of its support of Iran and Syria’s President Bashar
“Then the [US] comes out with statements calling for consensus
among Lebanese and for elections to be conducted by the Lebanese people
themselves,” Safieddine said.