WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the statement below following the European Union’s decision to place the organization’s military arm on the bloc's terrorism list:
“The European Union deserves praise for this action and their strong condemnation of Hezbollah. While I believe that the entire Hezbollah organization unabashedly qualifies for a place on the European Union list of terrorist organizations, today's decision will send a clear message to Hezbollah, and to their primary backer Iran, that Europe is not a safe haven for terrorists. The Bulgarian government has identified Hezbollah as the culprit behind the terrorist attack that killed innocent vacationing Israelis in that country last year, and Cypriot courts have found a Hezbollah operative responsible for masterminding failed terrorist attacks intended to cause mayhem and devastation on the island. Hezbollah's military actions in Syria have further cemented Hezbollah's terrorist affiliation and I welcome the unity of purpose with which the U.S. and the EU are approaching this issue."