Today, the United Kingdom finally made the critical decision to recognize Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization, and to ban all its branches.
The Iran-backed Shi’ite militant group has a strong and growing presence in Lebanon’s government, while also maintaining military control in the Lebanese south. This year, the Israel Defense Forces located and destroyed a new series of terror tunnels constructed by Hezbollah that extend into Israeli territory – an affront to Israeli sovereignty. Hezbollah has also become a key military actor in the violence in Syria, and plays an integral role in projecting Iranian influence and interests across the Middle East.
Until now, the British government only outlawed Hezbollah’s external security unit and its military wing. As recently as June 2018, Hezbollah flags were carried in the streets of London with impunity in the anti-Israel Quds Day rally, with protestors chanting “Death to Israel.” We are glad to see the UK join the United States in identifying Hezbollah for what it really is, and we hope that other European Union countries will follow London’s example.
American Jewish Congress