The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a resolution by Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, urging the European Union to fully designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.
Deutch’s House Resolution 359 passed on a voice vote.
The EU in 2013 designated Hezbollah’s military wing — but not its political wing — as a terrorist organization subject to sanctions.
“The United States has been clear that this was false distinction then, and it remains a false distinction today,” Deutch said on the House floor. “Hezbollah is one unified terrorist organization, and it’s led by the terrorist Hassan Nasrallah.”
Deutch added: “More can be done to counter the Iranian proxy Hezbollah. And that begins with calling them what they are – a terrorist organization committed to the destruction of Israel and undermining the values and interests of the United States and – our EU friends must acknowledge, as well – the values and interests of Europe. The world knows that Hezbollah is a terrorist group. It’s time for the European Union to end its false distinction and join us in designating all of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.”