Experts Decry EU Delays on Hizbullah Sanctions

(Jerusalem Post) Benjamin Weinthal - Hossam Taleb Yaacoub's admission in a Cypriot criminal court on Wednesday that he was a member of Hizbullah and was assigned to track the movements of Israeli tourists on the island opened a new floodgate of evidence that the Lebanese group had been engaging in murderous acts within the EU. "The details revealed by Hossam Taleb Yaacoub regarding Hizbullah's activities in Europe surely put the final nail in the coffin of the credibility of any further equivocation regarding Hizbullah's status as a transnational Islamist terror group," said Dr. Jonathan Spyer, a senior research fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs Center in Herzliya. However, "European reluctance in this regard does not relate to the facts, but rather to the fear in some European countries of antagonizing Hizbullah." Prof. Gerald M. Steinberg of Bar-Ilan University said, "The leaders of the European Union claim to promote moral foreign policies, but the cynical excuses used to avoid designating Hizbullah as a terrorist organization are anything but moral."

2013-02-22 00:00:00

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