الأرجنتين تجمد أصول حزب الله وتصنفه منظمة إرهابية/نيتنياهو يهدد لبنان وحزب الله وإيران باستهداف أي موقع تنطلق منه النار على إسرائيل حتى ولو كانت مناطق مأهولة بالسكان/Netanyahu: We Do Not Hold Back Striking Those Who Fire From Populated Areas/Argentina Brands Hezbollah Terrorist Organization, Freezes Assets

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Netanyahu: We Do Not Hold Back Striking Those Who Fire From Populated Areas
نيتنياهو يهدد لبنان وحزب الله وإيران باستهداف أي موقع تنطلق منه النار على إسرائيل حتى ولو كانت مناطق مأهولة بالسكان
Jerusalem Post/Reuters/July 18/2019

الأرجنتين تجمد أصول حزب الله وتصنفه منظمة إرهابية
وكالات/الخميس 18 تموز 2019

Argentina Brands Hezbollah Terrorist Organization, Freezes Assets
Asharq Al-Awsat/Thursday, 18 July, 2019

Hezbollah Branded As Terrorist Organization In Argentina, Assets Frozen
Reuters/Jerusalem Post/July 18/2019

Argentina freezes Hezbollah assets, brands group terrorist organization
Reuters|Ynetnews/July 18/2019

الأرجنتين تجمد أصول حزب الله وتصنفه منظمة إرهابية
وكالات/الخميس 18 تموز 2019
أمرت السلطات في الأرجنتين بتجميد أصول حزب الله في البلاد، الخميس، وصنفت الجماعة اللبنانية، التي تلقي عليها باللوم في هجومين على أراضيها، فعليا منظمة إرهابية. وجاء الإعلان في الذكرى الخامسة والعشرين لتفجير مركز للجالية اليهودية في بوينس أيرس أدى إلى مقتل 85 شخصا. وتلقي الأرجنتين باللوم في الهجوم على إيران وحزب الله، وكلاهما ينفي المسؤولية عنه. ووزير الخارجية الأميركي مايك بومبيو موجود في الأرجنتين لإحياء الذكرى. والأسبوع الماضي، تعهد رئيس الأرجنتين، ماوريسيو ماكري، بتوقيع مرسوم يجعل منها أول دولة بأميركا اللاتينية تعتبر حزب الله منظمة إرهابية. ويعد تفجير مقر “الجمعية الإسرائيلية- الأرجنتينية” في 18 تموز 1994 بالعاصمة الأرجنتينية أكبر عمل إرهابي في تاريخ البلاد.

Netanyahu: We Do Not Hold Back Striking Those Who Fire From Populated Areas
نيتنياهو يهدد لبنان وحزب الله وإيران باستهداف أي موقع تنطلق منه النار على إسرائيل حى ولو كانت مناطق مأهولة بالسكان
Jerusalem Post/Reuters/July 18/2019
The comments came as Netanyahu spoke at thememorial service for the fallen soldiers of the Second Lebanon War.
It is time that the world understand the gravity of the threat posed by Iran and its proxy Hezbollah and act against them, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday, after Argentina designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization and ordered its assets frozen. Speaking at a memorial for the fallen of the Second Lebanon War, the prime minister warned Hezbollah and Lebanon that there will be no “immunity” for anyone who fires missiles at Israel, “even if they hide in densely populated areas.” Israel believes that tens of thousands of Hezbollah missiles in Lebanon are hidden either in, near or under homes in southern Lebanon. “We will do everything possible to prevent harm to innocent people, but we will not grant immunity to rocket launchers and those who deploy them – not in Lebanon, not in Gaza or anywhere,” he said. Netanyahu said that his government’s motto is, “If someone rises up to kill you, keep them from getting armed.”The Lebanese government, he said, “is not objecting to the military entrenchment of Hezbollah on its territory. It will also bear the responsibility for any attack.” Netanyahu warned that Israel will deploy “great force” if it must embark on another war in order to ensure victory. “Even if we have to stand alone against Iran and its entities we will,” he said. In Buenos Aires, meanwhile, Argentina’s designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist entity coincided with a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as Argentina marks the 25th anniversary of the deadly bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people died. Argentina blames Iran and Hezbollah for the attack. Argentina also blames Hezbollah for an attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 that killed 29 people. The Argentinean government’s Financial Information Unit ordered the freezing of assets of members of Hezbollah and the organization a day after the country created a new list for people and entities linked to terrorism. The designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist group was the first by any Latin American country.
“At present, Hezbollah continues to represent a current threat to security and the integrity of the economic and financial order of the Argentinean Republic,” the unit said in a statement. There was no immediate comment from Hezbollah on the move. Last year, Argentina froze the assets of 14 members of the Barakat clan, an extended family that officials say has close ties to Hezbollah. US and Argentinean officials say Hezbollah operates in what is known as the tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, where an illicit economy funds its operations elsewhere. Argentina’s decision to freeze Hezbollah assets and join the United States in designating it a terrorist group is a significant win for US President Donald Trump’s administration as it seeks to increase pressure on Tehran and its proxies.
The financial impact on Hezbollah will likely be insignificant because it has other sources of funding, said Seth Jones, director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. “What the administration is hoping is that even taking little bites out of the apple right now may end up being significant in the long run if they can continue to freeze assets of organizations like Hezbollah in a range of different countries,” Jones said. The United States, looking to revive a security relationship that suffered after a souring in diplomatic ties during the previous administration of president Cristina Fernandez, views Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri as a partner, particularly as traditional European allies have been slower to offer support amid US tensions with Iran, said Benjamin Gedan, director of the Wilson Center’s Argentina Project in Washington, DC.
“Clearly, they are not a good replacement for European allies, because they don’t engage Iran significantly, so they cannot put on the same commercial and economic pressure as the Europeans,” Gedan said of Washington’s allies in Latin America. “But at least it gives the impression that the Trump administration is not standing alone,” he said.
Foreign Minister Israel Katz issued a statement welcoming “the important decision by Argentinean President Mauricio Macri.” Katz said this is “part of the international struggle against terrorism, and especially against Hezbollah and its patron Iran.” He added that the publication of the decision on the 25th anniversary of the attack on the AMIA building “has special significance and importance.” He said Israel will continue to lobby extensively to get Hezbollah designated as a terrorist organization around the world. On Wednesday, Netanyahu pressed a delegation of French parliamentarians to get Paris to follow Buenos Aires’ move.

Argentina Brands Hezbollah Terrorist Organization, Freezes Assets
Asharq Al-Awsat/Thursday, 18 July, 2019
Argentinian authorities designated Hezbollah, which it blames for two attacks on its soil, a terrorist organization on Thursday and ordered the freezing of the Lebanese party’s assets in the country. The announcement coincided with a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as Argentina marks the 25th anniversary of the deadly bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in which 85 people died. Argentina also blames Hezbollah for an attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 that killed 29 people. The nation’s Financial Information Unit took the action a day after President Mauricio Macri’s government created a list of terrorist organizations to help coordinate actions with other nations and as the nation held memorial services for victims of the attack. Argentine prosecutors blame Iranian officials for plotting the attack and say Hezbollah operatives carried it out. But nobody has been convicted despite years of tangled investigations. Iran has refused to turn over the people who now face charges, and denies any involvement. The unit ordered the freezing of assets of members of Hezbollah and the organization. The designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist group was the first by any Latin American country.
“At the present time, Hezbollah continues to represent a current and active threat to national security and the integrity of the financial, economic order of the Argentine Republic,” the unit said. There was no immediate comment from Hezbollah on the move. The group already has been put on terrorism lists by the US, the European Union and several other nations. Last year, Argentina froze the assets of 14 members of the Barakat Clan, an extended family that officials say has close ties to Hezbollah. US and Argentine officials say Hezbollah operates in what is known as the tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, where an illicit economy funds its operations elsewhere. The financial impact on Hezbollah will likely be insignificant because it has other sources of funding, said Seth Jones, director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
“What the administration is hoping is that even taking little bites out of the apple right now may end up being significant in the long run if they can continue to freeze assets of organizations like Hezbollah in a range of different countries,” Jones said, according to AFP. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Macri for the designation from Jerusalem. “It is time the entire enlightened world understands the grave danger Iran and Hezbollah pose. It is time the entire world stand up against it,” Netanyahu said.

Hezbollah Branded As Terrorist Organization In Argentina, Assets Frozen
Reuters/Jerusalem Post/July 18/2019
The announcement coincided with a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as Argentina marks the 25th anniversary of the deadly bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Argentinian authorities ordered the freezing of Hezbollah assets in the country on Thursday and effectively designated the Lebanese Islamist group, which it blames for two attacks on its soil, a terrorist organization. The announcement coincided with a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as Argentina marks the 25th anniversary of the deadly bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in which 85 people died. Argentina blames Iran and Hezbollah for the attack. Both deny any responsibility. Argentina also blames Hezbollah for an attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 that killed 29 people. Argentina’s financial information unit ordered the freezing of assets of members of Hezbollah and the organization a day after the country created a new list for people and entities linked to terrorism. “At present, Hezbollah continues to represent a current threat to security and the integrity of the economic and financial order of the Argentine Republic,” the unit said in a statement. The freezing of assets automatically places Hezbollah on Argentina’s registry, designating it a terrorist organization, a government source with direct knowledge of the action confirmed. The designation is the first by any country in Latin America. U.S. and Argentine officials say Hezbollah operates in what is known as the tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, where an illicit economy funds its operations elsewhere. It is not yet clear whether Argentina’s new designation will lead to other concrete actions against Hezbollah in the area, but some kind of U.S. security support, including increased intelligence sharing, could follow, said Benjamin Gedan, director of the Wilson Center’s Argentina Project in Washington. Argentina’s decision to join the United States in designating Hezbollah a terrorist group is a significant win for President Donald Trump’s administration and could put pressure on Brazil and Paraguay to follow suit, Gedan said. The United States, looking to revive a security relationship that suffered after a souring in diplomatic ties during the previous administration of President Cristina Fernandez, views Macri as a partner, particularly as traditional European allies have been slower to offer support amid U.S. tensions with Iran.
“Clearly, they are not a good replacement for European allies, because they don’t engage Iran significantly, so they cannot put on the same commercial and economic pressure as the Europeans,” Gedan said of Washington’s allies in Latin America. “But at least it gives the impression that the Trump administration is not standing alone,” he said, adding that the United States put significant pressure on Argentina to prepare the announcement in time for Pompeo’s visit. Argentina’s investigation into the 1994 truck bomb attack on the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA), meanwhile, has made little progress. No one has been brought to trial in either that case or the Israeli embassy bombing.

Argentina freezes Hezbollah assets, brands group terrorist organization
Reuters|Ynetnews/July 18/2019
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Announcement of measure states that ‘Hezbollah continues to represent a current threat to security and the integrity of … the Argentine Republic’; move coincides with visit by Pompeo as country marks 25th anniversary of deadly Jewish center bombing believed carried out by Iran and Hezbollah
BUENOS AIRES – Argentinian authorities ordered the freezing of Hezbollah assets in the country on Thursday and effectively designated the Lebanese Islamist group, which it blames for two attacks on its soil, a terrorist organization. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later praised the move.
The announcement coincided with a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as Argentina marks the 25th anniversary of the deadly bombing of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in which 85 people died. Argentina blames Iran and Hezbollah for the attack. Both deny any responsibility.
Argentina also blames Hezbollah for an attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 that killed 29 people. Netanyahu praised President Mauricio Macri for the designation. “It is time the entire enlightened world understand the grave danger Iran and Hezbollah pose. It is time the entire world stand up against it,” Netanyahu said. Argentina’s financial information unit ordered the freezing of assets of members of Hezbollah and the organization a day after the country created a new list for people and entities linked to terrorism. “At present, Hezbollah continues to represent a current threat to security and the integrity of the economic and financial order of the Argentine Republic,” the unit said in a statement. The freezing of assets automatically places Hezbollah on Argentina’s registry, designating it a terrorist organization, a government source with direct knowledge of the action confirmed. The designation is the first by any country in Latin America.
U.S. and Argentine officials say Hezbollah operates in what is known as the tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, where an illicit economy funds its operations elsewhere. It is not yet clear whether Argentina’s new designation will lead to other concrete actions against Hezbollah in the area, but some kind of U.S. security support, including increased intelligence sharing, could follow, said Benjamin Gedan, director of the Wilson Center’s Argentina Project in Washington. Argentina’s decision to join the United States in designating Hezbollah a terrorist group is a significant win for President Donald Trump’s administration and could put pressure on Brazil and Paraguay to follow suit, Gedan said. The United States, looking to revive a security relationship that suffered after a souring in diplomatic ties during the previous administration of President Cristina Fernandez, views Macri as a partner, particularly as traditional European allies have been slower to offer support amid U.S. tensions with Iran. “Clearly, they are not a good replacement for European allies, because they don’t engage Iran significantly, so they cannot put on the same commercial and economic pressure as the Europeans,” Gedan said of Washington’s allies in Latin America. “But at least it gives the impression that the Trump administration is not standing alone,” he said, adding that the United States put significant pressure on Argentina to prepare the announcement in time for Pompeo’s visit. Argentina’s investigation into the 1994 truck bomb attack on the AMIA center, meanwhile, has made little progress. No one has been brought to trial in either that case or the Israeli embassy bombing.