Livni welcomes 'just' EU decision to blacklist Hezbollah

July 22, 2013 14:01

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Monday welcomed the "just and right" decision by the European Union to blacklist the military wing of Lebanese militia organization Hezbollah.

Writing on her Facebook, Livni said that after years of struggle, debate and deliberation, the EU finally made the right decision. "Finally...after attempts to argue that they were also a political party which whitewashes their terrorist activities," Livni added.

In an interview with The Guardian earlier on Monday, Livni lauded the separation of Hezbollah as a political and military entity, stating: "A firm distinction between legitimate political parties and terrorist organisations is crucial for the survival of freedom, democracy and moderation."

"The clear message must be sent to extremists that legitimacy can only be gained through the repudiation of violence," Livni added.

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