Scandinavian countries still refuse to place Hezbollah on terror list

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israel is pushing for the U.S. and other Western countries to pressure Scandinavian countries to drop their opposition to adding Hezbollah to the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations.

In recent weeks, there has been growing European support for adding Hezbollah to the list. But according to EU law, such a decision would have to be unanimous, meaning that any single country could block it. Israel’s recent efforts have been mainly focused on Sweden and Denmark.

European support for designating Hezbollah a terrorist organization was initiated by Holland and immediately gained the support of Britain. In recent weeks, Germany and France have also thrown their support behind adding Hezbollah’s armed wing to the EU’s list of terrorist organizations.

Such a designation would make it more difficult for Hezbollah members to travel and for the group to transfer funds.

Posted on May 27, 2013 .