The White House on Tuesday commended the Bulgarian government’s finding that Hezbollah was responsible for the July 2012 terrorist attack in Burgas that killed six civilians. John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, said the findings “exposes Hezbollah for what it is – a terrorist group that is willing to recklessly attack innocent men, women, and children, and that poses a real and growing threat not only to Europe, but to the rest of the world.”
Secretary of State John Kerry responded to the report by calling on Europe to crackdown on the terrorist group. “We strongly urge other governments around the world – and particularly our partners in Europe – to take immediate action to crack down on Hezbollah,” Secretary Kerry said.
The chairman and ranking members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee also praised the report, but called on Europe to take action to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist group.
“This attack on European soil makes the European Union’s resistance to designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization even more incomprehensible,” said Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA).
“The time is now for the EU to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and punish these murderers,” said Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY).
The Hezbollah terrorist attack on a tourist bus last summer in Bulgaria killed five Israelis and one Bulgarian citizen.