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July 31, 2012

July 31, 2012

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (Photo: Reuters)

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A terrorist is a terrorist. Europe got it wrong

In an opinion piece for the Times of London, Tzipi Livni raps the European Union for its failure to recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

Conferring legitimacy on terrorist organisations simply because they also have a political wing will not achieve the desired result of moderation; rather the opposite. They will use their force to impose their radical world view on legitimate parties. Who can say no to a coalition partner that has its own army? And dealing with the political wings of terrorism does not marginalise terrorists but only delegitimises the moderates.


Before Deadly Bulgaria Bombing, Tracks of a Resurgent Iran-Hezbollah Threat

The deadly terror attack in Bulgaria was a turning point in the activity of Hezbollah and Iran, and crosses a dangerous line, writes Sebastian Rotella for Foreign Policy.

Iran and Hezbollah have waged a determined campaign to strike their enemies in retaliation for attacks on the Iranian nuclear program and the killing of a Hezbollah chief, counterterror officials say. The offensive led by the Quds Force, Iran’s elite foreign operations unit, has displayed impressive reach and devastating potential. “The Hezbollah-Quds force threat is the big thing worldwide right now,” a U.S. counterterror official said. “There has been a wave of activity.”

Daily Digest

  • Times of Israel: Panetta, arriving Tuesday, to urge more patience for Iran sanctions

  • Haaretz: Israeli government spent NIS 1.1 billion on settlements in 2011, reports show

  • Jerusalem Post: White House: ‘Scratching heads’ from Romney on Jerusalem

  • Ynet: Report: Rise in global anti-Semitism

  • New York Times: After Bus Bombing, Bulgaria’s Ties With Israel Are at Risk

  • Washington Post: In Israel, Romney wows crowds but puzzles with grasp of Palestinian relationship

  • Wall Street Journal: Mitt Versus Barack on Israel

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