EU moving toward ban of Hezbollah’s military wing

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL IN BERLIN, JONNY PAUL IN L
May 12, 2013 04:35

 
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The European Union has moved toward a consensus on outlawing the armed wing of Hezbollah, with its inclusion on the EU terror list slated to take place in late 2013.

The EU plans to endorse the UK’s model of proscribing Hezbollah’s military wing as a terror entity while permitting the Shi’ite Lebanese group’s political arm to operate as a legal organization, sources well-versed in the inner workings of EU discussions on the matter told The Jerusalem Post last week.

British Labor MP Michael McCann, however, said in a House of Commons debate last week that this falls short of the necessary punitive response to Hezbollah and its chief sponsor, the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“And they retain a clear and present military danger to millions of Israeli men, women and children, with tens of thousands of missiles pointed at major population centers,” McCann told Parliament in a debate on Thursday. “Missiles which could be launched with one word from their venal, anti-Semitic paymasters in Tehran.

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