The Lebonese resistance movement of Hezbollah has condemned Barack Obama’s call for listing the group as a terrorist organization, saying the US president is an “employee of Israel.”
“He speaks like an employee of the Zionist entity (Israel) and not the highest-ranking official in the administration of the independent state that is the United States,” the group said in a statement issued on Friday night.
Referring to Obama’s efforts at brokering peace between the Israeli regime and Palestinians to realize the two-state plan, Hezbollah said “Obama wants the Arabs to accept the enemy entity as a Jewish state in the region and begin complete normalization with it while he fails to mention any of the just demands of the Palestinians.”
The statement added that Obama’s call for considering the group as a terrorist organization writes off negotiations as the correct path and further proves that resistance is the only choice.
“This (Obama’s call) confirms the folly of counting on negotiations and proves that the choice of resistance is correct.”
The statement came after Obama urged governments to blacklist Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization.”
The US has also called on the European Union to join Washington in listing the Lebanese movement. However the 27-nation bloc has so far resisted the deman.
Earlier in the day, Obama arrived in Jordan to hold talks with King Abdullah II earlier in the day on the last leg of his Middle East tour.
The two sides are expected to discuss the crisis in neighboring Syria and the so-called Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
The US president began its three-day trip to the region on March 20 and met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, where he reiterated his all-out support for the regime.
He also paid a visit to the occupied West Bank and met with acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday, a move which triggered widespread protests among Palestinians.