Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget (Deuteronomy 25:19)
Both Israel and Bulgaria commemorated the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on an Israeli tour bus in the Bulgarian resort city of Burgas, which left five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian bus driver dead. Additionally, 32 people were injured on the incinerated bus that was carrying just 42 people.
After a thorough investigation Bulgarian authorities have concluded that the attack was carried about by Hezbollah.Bulgaria’s former foreign minister Nikolay Mladenov, who navigated the diplomatic process surrounding the Burgas attack, told The Jerusalem Post that Europe must be “uncompromising” toward terrorists.Once it became apparent that people connected to Hezbollah’s military wing organized the attack at Sarafovo Airport, it became inevitable that sanctions will be put in place.”
Hezbollah has not yet been designated as a terrorist group by the European Union despite it being officially labeled as such by a number of prominent countries such as Israel, America, the UK, Canada and France.
This may change soon however, as the 28 members of the EU are near reaching a consensus on outlawing Hezbollah’s military wing. Reports are that Malta is the final member-state to be holding up the execution of the new proposal.
The masterminds of the attack are believed to be taking refuge in Lebanon and Beirut has offered no assistance of any kind in bringing them to justice.
Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev opened the commemoration ceremony by saying “ “There are clear signs that say Hezbollah is behind the Burgas bombing.” The families of the Israeli victims, Israeli diplomats and Bulgarian politicians were all on hand for the somber event.
In Israel, the IDF blog posted an article Friday on the attack, quoting the survivors immediately after the attack.
Additionally, the United States State Department Counter-Terror Unit tweeted: “On This Day: In 2012, a #[Hezbollah] terrorist attack killed 5 Israelis and 1 Bulgarian & injured 32 Israelis on [a] tourist bus to Burgas Airport.”