Ireland 'blocking ban on Hezbollah'
THE Israeli government has accused Ireland of being the main opponent within the EU to its demand that the terror group Hezbollah should be put on an international blacklist.
Government officials in Jerusalem said Ireland, supported by Sweden and Finland, is leading opposition inside the Union to the Israeli proposal, the 'Jerusalem Post' newspaper reported.
A spokesman for the Irish embassy in Tel Aviv said that a formal proposal to blacklist the "military wing" of Hezbollah had been made by one member state.
He said this is being considered within the relevant working group, which Ireland chairs as the current EU president.
The spokesman said that discussions were held on Tuesday, but further talks will be required.