|Security cabinet proscribes 35 global terrorist groups linked to al-Qaida|
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent
| Tags: Hamas, Hezbollah, terrorism |
The security cabinet on Wednesday proscribed 35 terrorist organizations with links to al-Qaida and the Taliban, during a meeting convened to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip.
The security cabinet decision, based on intelligence provided by the National Security Council, blacklists 35 terrorist organizations operating mainly in Pakistan, Afghanistan and African states, that have acted against Western interests and not just against Israel itself.
he decision expands the list of terrorist organizations that already includes Hamas and Hezbollah.
The Prime Minister's Office issued a statement, saying "this decision constitutes a meaningful step in the global struggle against financing of terrorism, and is designed to bring Israel into line with the Western nations, primarily the United States, who deal with terrorism via financial avenues and also aid Israel in locating funds intended for terrorist organizations in the Middle East."
The Prime Minister's Office added that from the moment the decision is ratified, banks and financial institutions will be required to monitor their accounts and financial transactions, and to report any suspicious activity connected to the proscribed groups to the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority.
The National Security Council intends to bring names of additional foreign groups to the security cabinet to be added to the terrorist organization list in the coming months.
The security cabinet was also briefed by security officials on developments in the Gaza Strip, with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert imposing a full blackout on publication of the details.