BY MATTHEW LEVITT
The director of the Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence addressed the EU Parliament regarding why European countries should designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The following is an excerpt from his prepared remarks; download the PDF to read the full testimony.
“The long awaited results of the Bulgarian investigation into the July 2012 bus bombing in Burgas, released in part in early February, quickly spurred a spirited debate within the European Union on the issue of whether or not to proscribe the military wing of Hezbollah, Lebanon’s Party of God, as a terrorist organization. The Bulgarian investigation determined that the military wing of Hezbollah was behind the Burgas bombing that left six dead and described a sophisticated Hezbollah plot led by a cell that included Canadian and Australian citizens. Recently, some have questioned the strength of the evidence accumulated by investigators from Bulgaria, Europol, and beyond, but ... Read More