Bennett asks Australia to recognize all of Hezbollah as terror organization

November 2, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met on Monday with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, and discussed issues of mutual and pertinent interest.

Scott Morrison and Naftali Bennett Photo: Haim Zach (GPO)

The two leaders discussed the Iranian nuclear threat, and Bennett asked Morrison to work toward a strong condemnation of Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting that is slated for later this month. Australia is a member of the board, together with another 34 countries.

Naftali Bennett told Scott Morrison: “We view you personally as a friend and a supporter and of course, we view Australia as a huge friend.

I’m looking forward to strengthening our relations and as you said, there’s a vibrant and a very lively Jewish community in Melbourne and Sydney.

We set our pledge to zero emissions by 2050. It ought not to be a political issue. It’s not between left and right. It’s really for our future and I think our unique contribution is not our footprint because we’re a pretty small country. It’s really harnessing the energy of ‘the start-up nation’ to saving the planet.

I’m looking forward to talking about all of the issues.”

Prime Minister Bennett thanked Australian Prime Minister Morrison for his country’s long-standing support of Israel in the international arena. The two discussed ways to enhance and upgrade bilateral relations, especially regarding climate innovation.

The Prime Minister also requested that Australia officially define Hezbollah, in its entirety, as a terrorist organization, an issue that is currently on the agenda in Australia.

Prime Minister Bennett invited Australian Prime Minister Morrison and his wife to make an official visit to Israel.

Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg, National Security Adviser and Director of the National Security Council Dr. Eyal Hulata and the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Adviser, Shimrit Meir, also attended the meeting.

Similarly, Bennett met with Swiss President Guy Parmelin in Jerusalem last week and asked that Switzerland, as a member of the IAEA Board of Governors, press for “decisive steps against Iranian progress in their nuclear project.”

In Europe, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, Kosovo, Serbia, and Latvia have recognized the Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in its entirety.

Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Honduras, Paraguay, the US, the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have all banned Hezbollah in its entirety.

Austria, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland have commenced similar processes.

Some other countries, including the European Union, have banned Hezbollah’s military wing, but not its political wing, which is very powerful in Lebanon.

Bennett thanked Morrison for his country’s long-standing support of Israel in the international arena. The two discussed ways to enhance and upgrade bilateral relations, especially regarding climate innovation.

TPS/GPO

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2 Responses to “Bennett asks Australia to recognize all of Hezbollah as terror organization”
  1. Adrian Jackson says:

    Hezbollah are part of the government of Lebanon. A ridiculous proposal to suggest to the Australian Government.

  2. Lynne Newington says:

    Good luck there…..

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