The secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has condemned the European Union’s decision to declare the group ' s armed wing a “terrorist” organization.
In a televised speech on Wednesday, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the EU made the “cowardly decision under pressure from Israel and the US. ”
" I don ' t feel at all that this decision is a sovereign European decision. It was dictated to the Europeans, " he said, noting that “the Israelis are behind this decision, and they have said so themselves. The United States is with them 100 percent. ”
" Europe bowed down, and it was not convinced… There were 28 states - - some of which view themselves as being among the world ' s most important - - that bowed down to an American and Israeli decision, " the Hezbollah leader added. Nasrallah said the bloc’s decision only serves Israeli interests and makes the EU an accomplice in any future Israeli aggression against Lebanon.
“These(European) states have made themselves fully responsible for any Israeli attack on Lebanon or Lebanon ' s resistance(Hezbollah) or any target of the resistance, " he pointed out.
"These states need to know... that they are giving legal cover to Israel for any attack on Lebanon, because Israel can now claim to be fighting terrorism and to be bombing terrorist targets," he added. The Hezbollah leader said that if the bloc had any justification for the move it would have blacklisted Hezbollah much sooner. Nasrallah went on to say that such decisions would not affect the morale of the resistance fighters. "This decision does not affect our willingness. Its objective is to make us bow, to force us to step back and to be afraid,” he said. "But I tell you (Europeans): all you will get is failure and disappointment," he noted. On Monday, the European Union's 28 foreign ministers unanimously agreed to put Hezbollah’s military wing on the union’s blacklist following hours of discussions. The move came after prolonged diplomatic pressure from Washington and Tel Aviv. Following the EU’s decision, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman said he hoped that the bloc would reconsider its decision. "We hope the EU reconsiders its decision out of its keenness not to take hasty decisions, to preserve Lebanon's stability," he told EU ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst later in the day. The US and Israel both welcomed the decision, with US Secretary of State John Kerry calling on other countries to follow in the EU’s footsteps. The blacklisting of the group would mean imposing sanctions against whoever is believed to be cooperating or funding the resistance movement in Europe. The EU’s decision has sparked public outrage in Lebanon, with top Lebanese officials asking the EU to annul its decision. Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has accused the EU of trying to compensate for its recent decision on banning member states from funding Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank. Acting Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has also expressed regret that the EU had not looked comprehensively at the matter before taking this decision. He promised to pursue the issue through diplomatic channels. Observers are also critical of the EU decision. They say the bloc has only taken into consideration accusations against Hezbollah that say it was involved in a July 2012 bombing that rocked the Bulgarian city of Burgas, without evidence to back its claims. “This measure taken by the European Union is one among a series of measures taken against the alliance of resistance states,” said former Lebanese Telecommunications Minister Isaam Numan.