After the offence, maybe ‘sorry’ is just another word

By Jennifer Lipman, February 18, 2013

Elton John got it wrong. Sorry isn’t the hardest word at all.

Last week, amid calls for the EU finally to ban Hizbollah — those cuddly terrorists who thought it would be fun to bomb Israeli holidaymakers last July — one Financial Times hack wasn’t convinced.


Nothing new here

February 7, 2013

There is a surreal quality to the apparently recent discovery by some that Hizbollah is a terrorist organisation. Since the Bulgarians reported this week that last July's murders were indeed carried out by Hizbollah, there seems to have been a shocking realisation that a harmless social welfare organisation turns out instead to be a terrorist gang.


Cameron: help me kick Hizbollah out of Europe

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2013

David Cameron has asked the Jewish community to help him persuade the European Union to proscribe Hizbollah.

At his meeting last month with the Jewish Leadership Council, the Prime Minister urged its members to “make a noise” and lead a grassroots campaign calling for the EU to take action against the Iranian-backed terror group.


European Union is the problem, not the solution

By Robin Shepherd, February 7, 2013

It is a measure of the EU foreign policy establishment’s timidity that Lebanese terror group and Iranian proxy, Hizbollah, has for so long evaded designation as a terrorist organisation.


Bulgaria to prove Hizbollah and Iran behind Burgas attack

By Zoe Winograd, February 5, 2013

Bulgarian officials are expected to provide evidence today that Hizbollah and its ally Iran were behind the suicide attack in Burgas last July. The attack killed five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian driver of an airport bus.

The Bulgarian government is set to make a public statement today after briefing Israeli officials on the investigation last month.


Optimism that EU will label Hizbollah ‘terrorists’

By Sandy Rashty, December 20, 2012

The US and Israel-led campaign to have Hizbollah labelled a terrorist organisation by the EU and secure a Europe-wide ban on the group has taken a step forward.


US senator calls on Europe to designate Hizbollah a terrorist organisation

By Sandy Rashty, December 11, 2012

European governments must recognise Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation to prevent recruitment and fundraising in their respective countries, according recommendations in a draft US resolution.

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, the president’s adviser on terrorism, drafted the resolution in a bid to drawn attention to the activities of the Lebanon-based militant group.


Assassination in Beirut leads to demonstrations in Lebanon

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 26, 2012

Major General Wissam al-Hassan was a marked man years before he was assassinated by a massive car bomb in Beirut last Friday.

In Lebanon, military and security services are split by allegiances to different parties and ethnic groups. Al-Hassan’s loyalties were to the anti-Syrian March 14 coalition and the Hariri clan.


End this dangerous distinction

By Raheem Kassam, September 24, 2012

In March 2012, at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, Benjamin Netanyahu asked, of Iran's nuclear programme: "If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then what is it?"


Topsy-turvy Middle East as jihadis turn on jihadis

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 6, 2012

The upheavals in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon are redrawing the lines between the radical Islamist forces surrounding Israel.

The latest configuration pits the Egyptian-led, anti-Iran camp against Salafist groups allied with al-Qaeda, and a branch of al-Qaeda against Hizbollah.