A House bipartisan group has introduced a motion seeking to strengthen sanctions against Hezbollah, a Lebanese terror group.
Called the “Hezbollah International Financial Prevention Act,” the resolution aims to create “severe new sanctions” on Hezbollah’s fundraising avenues, and “restrict its ability to use funds” that finance its global terror network.
The motion was introduced by US Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Ed Royce (R-CA), and Eliot Engel (D-NY).
Hezbollah is currently using global finance networks to fund its terror activities, according to Schneider.
“Right now, Hezbollah uses its global financial connections to launder money and help fund terrorist activities. This bill will help stifle that financial network and give the United States more tools to crack down on Hezbollah’s global terrorist activities,” he said.
Engel added, “Hezbollah’s actions in Syria—directed by their patrons in Iran—have helped keep the [Bashar] Assad regime in power. They must be held responsible for their destructive actions in Syria and the threat that they continue to pose to our ally, Israel.”
The US is one of the few nations to recognize Hezbollah as a terror group. Even the European Union makes distinctions between Hezbollah’s political and military wings.
Hezbollah is one of Israel’s greatest foes.