European foreign ministers unanimously agreed to blacklist Hezbollah’s armed wing due to concern over its suspected terrorist operations in Europe.
The blacklisting triggers the freezing of any assets the armed wing may hold in the 28-nation bloc. Until now, the EU had resisted pressure from Washington and Israel to take the step, arguing it could fuel instability in Lebanon and add to tensions in the Middle East.
The measure was approved by the EU only after distinguishing between Hezbollah’s armed and political wings – a completely artificial distinction. Debka File