BEIRUT: Hezbollah slammed Barack Obama for his pro-Israeli stance, a day after the U.S. President demanded that foreign governments brand the Lebanese group a terrorist organization.
"Obama’s speech [which went] in appeasing the enemy entity would only sound correct with an attack on the resistance by calling on the world to consider one of the most prominent components [of the resistance] – Hezbollah – a terrorist organization,” Hezbollah said in a statement.
“These American stances toward the Zionist schemes make Washington and the enemy full partner in all crimes,” Hezbollah added.
On the second day of his regional visit, his first to Israel as president, Obama said Thursday that “every country that values justice should call Hezbollah what it truly is – a terrorist organization.”
His remarks, made in a major speech in Israel, were apparently aimed at the European Union, which has declined to put Hezbollah on a list of terrorist movements.
In its statement, Hezbollah said Obama’s Israel visit “is a culmination of a period of deep and comprehensive cooperation and affirmation of the U.S. full and lasting support toward Israel.”
"It was clear from Obama's remarks that he does not give value to Arab and Muslim governments, ignores the simplest legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and shows his full support for the Zionist project in Palestine by trying to impose conditions associated with dictations on the Arabs to accept the enemy's entity as a net Jewish state in the region.”
Hezbollah criticized Obama for not recognizing the Palestinians’ legitimate rights, including the refugees’ right of return and an end to building Jewish settlements.
It said Obama’s speech makes him come across as an “employee at the Zionist entity, and not the senior-most official of an independent administration – the United States of America."