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Pressure on EU to Label Hezbollah Terrorists after Bulgaria Bombing

Ashton signalled that the EU will take its time "assessing" and "discussing" before taking any formal action
Israeli ZAKA emergency rescue team in Burgas Bulgaria. July 19,2012.

Israeli ZAKA emergency rescue team in Burgas Bulgaria. July 19,2012.
Photo Credit: Dano Monkotovic/FLASH90

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Thus far, the response from the EU has been disappointing, if not surprising.

Lady Catherine Ashton, the EU’s representative for foreign and security affairs, issued a statement shortly after the Bulgarian report was made public.

Ashton’s response was that “the implications of the investigation need to be assessed seriously as they relate to a terrorist attack on EU soil, which resulted in the killing and injury of innocent civilians.”

Ashton signalled that the EU will take its time “assessing” and “discussing” before taking any formal action, because of the “need for a reflection over the outcome of the investigation,” according to a Bulgarian news source.

One argument against listing Hezbollah as a terrorist organization is the fear that it might destabilize Lebanon, as Hezbollah is a part of the Lebanese government.  This is apparently the concern voiced by France.

A final interesting twist is that, according to the Saudi-owned pan-Arabian media outlet  Al-Arabiya, the Lebanese government has pledged to cooperate with Bulgaria in determining how to evaluate the report.  Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Bikati said, “Lebanon trusts that the Bulgarian authorities will undertake a serious evaluation of the results of the investigation and affirms that it is ready to cooperate with Bulgaria to shed light on the circumstances of the attack.”

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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6 Responses to “Pressure on EU to Label Hezbollah Terrorists after Bulgaria Bombing”

  1. I find it interesting that it takes the bombing in Bulgaria to urge the EU to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist group. But, the killing of thousands of innocent Israelis has persisted without a word by the EU, U.N., or any other entity to act.

  2. The UN is totally wothless regarding world crisis..As an American I would ask that they move their building out of New York and relocate it in Yemen, Somalia or Libya where they would be more in their element. The UN has become nothing but a brothrel which has a huge spending problem…not on the countries but on themselves. As a Christian, I am distressed at the treatment of Pres. Obama towards your country, and the "photo op" he is seeking by coming to Israel on Passover Eve is sickening. Again, the "Photo Op" is in the making. Don't let him "mock" Israel in any way. Limit his "Photo Ops" for the sake of all of us! Israel will always be, the UN will not.

  3. As an European citizen I feel shame for the unethical silence of European political institutions. I am deeply sorry. Many Europeans love peace and the only democracy worthy of that name in the Middle East.

  4. Catherine Ashton is an apologist for radical Islam. A constant critic of Israel, she will delay the EU's "finding" although it is clear and settled. She will give excuses until this issue fades away. She will protect Hezb'Allah.

  5. Catherine Ashton is an apologist for radical Islam. A constant critic of Israel, she will delay the EU's "finding" although it is clear and settled. She will give excuses until this issue fades away. She will protect Hezb'Allah.

  6. The same can be said about the U.S. killing innocents in their petrodollar war or killing innocents as collateral damage in their drone attacks, and Israel killing innocent Palestinians. There is a lot more going on than what the mainstream media shows you. One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter, and vice versa.

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