A U.S. court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by victims of Hezbollah rocket attacks in Israel who sought to hold Lebanese Canadian Bank SAL liable for financing Hezbollah through its New York account with American Express Bank.
In a statement that reaffirmed the seriousness of Hezbollah’s threats toward Israel, the Israeli army’s chief of staff said the Shi’ite militia was the biggest threat bordering on the Jewish state.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened to hit large ammonia gas tanks in northern Israel that he said would wreak damage and casualties equal to a nuclear attack.
For the first time since the passage of a law targeting money flowing to Hezbollah, a financier of the terrorist organization and his company have been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department.
The fighting in Syria will not affect Russia’s decision to keep Hamas and Hezbollah off its list of terrorist organizations, a senior Kremlin official said.
Hezbollah said it set off a bomb targeting Israeli forces at the Lebanese border on Monday in an apparent response to the killing in Syria last month of a prominent commander, triggering Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon.
The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said on Sunday that Israel miscalculated by killing prominent militant Samir Kuntar in Syria last week, saying that retaliation for his death was inevitable, whatever the consequences.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Kuntar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of the kind reserved for its top commanders.
Lebanese militant leader Samir Kuntar (Qantar) was killed in an Israeli strike that hit a building in the Damascus district of Jaramana in the early hours on Sunday, the Lebanese Hezbollah group and Syrian government loyalists said.
Legislation targeting the financing of Hezbollah passed both houses of Congress.