LITHUANIA - Government Labels Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization

Arno Froese

The Lithuanian government has designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, it announced.

“Having taken into consideration the information acquired by our institutions and partners, we may conclude that ‘Hezbollah’ uses terrorist means that pose a threat to the security of a significant number of countries, including Lithuania,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said in a statement. “We stand together with the United States of America, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, as well as other countries that had reached the same conclusion.”

After the announcement, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi spoke with Linkevičius and congratulated him on his government’s decision.

“Hezbollah is a terrorist organization that has controlled terror in large parts of Lebanon and turned them into Iranian-protected areas while taking Lebanese citizens, its economy and its political system hostage,” he said.

“This is a courageous and important decision to maintain regional stability,” Ashkenazi said. “I call on all European countries to join the decision and understand that this is a dangerous and unstoppable terrorist organization that continues its attempts to carry out terrorist attacks around the world on Iran’s mission and funding.”

He thanked “the Foreign Ministry and the defense establishment who led the interagency activity to complete the move.”

Hezbollah-affiliated people have been banned from entering Lithuania for 10 years., 13 August 2020

Arno's commentary

The small country of Lithuania consists of 2.8 million people, of which 77.2% are Roman Catholic, with 4.1% Russian Orthodox, and 10.1% unspecified. Life expectancy stands at 75.5 years. Per capita GDP for 2017 was $32,400. Exports: $26.1 billion; imports: $31.6 billion.

The government’s decision to recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization is exemplary. And, as Israel’s foreign minister Ashkenazi rightly stated, other European nations should follow in the same direction—declaring Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

Hezbollah is translated as “party of Allah” or “party of God.” Their official aim is to defend Lebanon and Syria from Sunni Islam. The group has developed to be the most powerful non-state force in the world; some insist they are stronger than the Lebanese army. Their fighting strength and experience has substantially grown during the Syrian civil war. 

For the people of Lebanon, the tragedy continues. There is a lack of security and virtually no potential for future betterment. Plus, the catastrophe of the explosion in Beirut has added to their suffering. 

Nevertheless, we know that the Church in Lebanon is alive and well. Through danger and difficulties, Jesus Christ our Lord is building His Church.

We need to pray increasingly for Lithuania, where independent Gospel ministries are rare; thus, they are in need of divine intervention.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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