Following the European Union’s decision to officially list Hizbullah as a terrorist organization, Israel will begin furnishing EU law enforcement officials with intelligence information to put teeth in the decision, Israeli diplomatic officials said Tuesday.
The various security and anti-terrorism agencies in the EU’s 28 countries will need comprehensive briefings to verify that Hizbullah’s military wing ceases operations on the continent, the officials explained.
“There is no need to have this type of engagement with the British, who were pushing this matter and are well aware of the intelligence,” the officials said. “But with countries like Germany, France and Spain, who are new at this, all types of information will have to be shared.”
Intelligence sharing had already been going on with EU decision-makers to help them understand the need for the blacklisting, but now the focus will be on those bodies that are charged with enforcing the decision.
Meanwhile, ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor reiterated Israel’s position that the blacklisting must extend to all of Hizbullah, not just the so-called military wing.
Prosor said that Hizbullah was “as sophisticated as it is interconnected,” and that “any attempt to distinguish between Hizbullah’s military wing and political wing, while politically convenient, is entirely impractical.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday Hizbullah announced that Ammar Moussawi, its head of international relations, will meet Thursday in Beirut with Angelina Eichhorst, the EU ambassador in Lebanon, according to the Lebanese Daily Mail.
In addition, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati asked that the European Union reconsider their decision concerning Hizbullah which, he argues, could have a destabilizing influence in his country.