Netanyahu and Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein 370.
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A senior government source told The Jerusalem Post that the Justice Ministry and
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein were “intimately and directly involved” in
government-wide efforts to convince the European Union to blacklist Hezbollah’s
military wing as a terrorist group.
The source said the involvement
proved that legal arguments, including presenting assembled evidence of many
other countries that had designated Hezbollah as a terrorist group as well as
case law on the issue, can be used not merely as a shield, but also as a
“Until now, many might have thought that government legal
departments could only be used to fight off the Goldstone Report and similar
threats,” said the source.
The source added that while Israeli diplomats
had been integral on the diplomatic push, it might have been thought that
battles such as blacklisting Hezbollah were exclusively diplomatic
“Now it is clear that real legal arguments regarding the war on
terror can also be used to affirmatively achieve certain goals,” the source
According to the source, it was significant that Weinstein
himself, the most senior government lawyer in the country, discussed the issue
with his counterparts in European countries, though he is normally viewed as
having a mainly domestic role.
Next, the source indicated that “obviously
we are gratified by the decision,” although the source noted that it would be
even better if Hezbollah’s political wing was also blacklisted, as the source
saw no legal or factual basis for distinguishing between them.