Why Germany’s Recognition of Hizballah’s Terrorist Activity Matters

For years, Berlin adhered to the fiction that the Iran-backed Islamist organization Hizballah comprises distinct military and political wings, so that even when it designated the former a terrorist group, it continued to allow the latter to function within its borders. German diplomats continued to conduct meetings with Hizballah officials. Thanks to U.S. pressure, and perhaps to Israeli intelligence sharing, Angela Merkel’s government recently reversed course, and declared the entire organization—which is thought to have 1,000 members within German borders—a terrorist group. Omer Dostri explains the implications:

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When Confronting Terrorists, Lethal Force Is Often Necessary

On Saturday, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed a passerby in Jerusalem, and was then shot dead by two border guards. As the second bullet hit him when he was already on the ground, some Israelis have accused the guards of wrongdoing; a misleadingly edited viral video has also brought more attention to the incident. The editors of the Jerusalem Post comment:

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More about: Israeli Security, Jerusalem, Knife intifada, Palestinian terror