Anger in Lebanon as EU blacklists Hezbollah's military wing

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The European Union's decision to blacklist the military wing of Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has sparked public outrage in here. The move has drawn anger from Hezbollah that has labeled the move as QUOTE worded by an American hand with Zionist ink Lebanese elite officials have also denounced the move and urged the E.U. to annul its decision. Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has accused the E.U of trying to compensate for its recent decision on banning member states from funding Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank. Acting Lebanese Premier Mohammad Najib Miqati has also expressed regret that the E.U had not looked comprehensively at the matter before taking this decision. He's promised to pursue the issue through diplomatic channels. Prime Minister-Designate Tammam Salam who's been appointed to form a new government has said this decision could pose a threat to the calls for national dialogue at a time when the country is going through a very critical period. The harsh reaction by Lebanon's top leaders forced Head of the E.U. delegation to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst to act fast to control the damage by holding talks with Lebanon's foreign minister and the parliament speaker. Eichhorst says cooperation with the new Lebanese government will continue despite the decision. Observers are also critical of the E-U decision. They say the 27-member bloc has only taken into consideration accusations against Hezbollah that say it was involved in a bombing that rocked the Bulgarian city of Burgas without evidence to back its claims. They've also called into question how the E.U. demands the help of the Lebanese Resistance Movement in protecting the European troops deployed in South Lebanon on the one hand and then labels this same movement as a terror group on the other! Following years of pressure exerted by all of the U.S. and Israel, the E.U's Foreign Ministers have taken a decision to blacklist the Lebanese Resistance Movement Hezbollah as a terror group. The decision involves sanctions against whoever is believed to cooperating or funding the resistance movement in Europe. It is worth noting that the movement emerged back in 19-82 on the heels of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon overthrowing the Lebanese capital Beirut. It has had thousands of its members killed in battles while fighting back Israel's repeated assaults on Lebanon. Hezbollah forced Israeli troops out of Lebanese soil back in 2000 and countered the Israeli aggression on Lebanon back in 2006. The movement has also succeeded in bringing back Lebanese and Arab prisoners held for several years in Israeli jails. Israeli Premier Benjamin Netenyahu has hailed the EU's decision to blacklist Hezbollah's military wing and criticized why the organization was not banned outright. Lebanon's House Speaker has however slammed the decision labeling it as a free favor to Israel. Meanwhile, the Lebanese public says the decision is intended to help the Israelis save face after a military defeat they suffered back in July of 2006.

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