The European Union has decided to place the Aksa Martyrs Brigades and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian on its terror blacklist, but not Hizbullah, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told the cabinet yesterday.
The inclusion of the two terror organizations is “very significant,” he said, but added that, until Hizbullah is added to the list, “the job is not done.”
The EU has not made a formal announcement regarding widening its blacklist, but according to Israeli diplomatic officials, the European Commission has recommended the inclusion of the Aksa Martyrs Brigades and the PFLP.
A formal announcement on widening the list, first reported in The Jerusalem Post last week, is expected either today or tomorrow at a meeting of the EU foreign ministers in Brussels.
A senior Israeli diplomatic official said that France has been opposed to including Hizbullah on the list, saying it is a political party and declaring it a terror organization could be a destabilizing factor in Lebanon.