Barack Obama has been advised that he should return the Nobel Peace Prize he received in 2009 following allegations that he funded terrorists overseas.
Former Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid has urged Obama to return the prize, after claims that his administration shielded Hezbollah from prosecution emerged.
Talking with occasion members on Monday, Lapid responded to a report launched by Politicoearly Monday morning which claims that the Obama administration systematically shielded the Hezbollah terrorist group from prosecution, blunting the efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration to crack-down on Hezbollah’s international drug commerce and cash laundering rackets.
“If the report is appropriate,” Lapid advised occasion members at a Yesh Atid assembly Monday, “then Barack Obama should return the Nobel Peace Prize he acquired.”
In October 2009, Barack Obama, who entered workplace that January, was chosen for that 12 months’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Lapid mentioned he couldn’t affirm the report, however that whether it is correct, it might affirm Israel’s best fears concerning the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
“To start with, at this level all now we have is an investigative report on a revered web site, so we don’t know if it’s true or not. But when the report is appropriate, then Barack Obama should return the Nobel Peace Prize he acquired.”
“Israel warned repeatedly that there can’t be a connection between the nuclear deal and counter-terror exercise, particularly in opposition to Hezbollah,” continued Lapid. “We warned particularly [about this linkage], due to the identified hyperlink between Hezbollah and Iran.”
In response to the Politico report, in 2008 the Drug Enforcement Administration launched what was dubbed “Challenge Cassandra”, a secret legal investigation into the Lebanon-based Shi’ite terror group Hezbollah.
Working in tandem with 30 American and international regulation enforcement and investigatory companies, the DEA operation tracked Hezbollah’s drug trafficking, gun-running, and cash laundering schemes over the course of eight years. The fear group’s abroad organized crime operations are estimated to earn the group some $1 billion yearly.
The Obama administration blocked Challenge Cassandra, investigators allege, as a part of its efforts to achieve a take care of Iran over its nuclear program.
“Hezbollah is utilizing so-called authentic companies to fund, equip, and manage [its] subversive actions,” former Treasury official Katherine Bauer advised a Home committee in February.
“Beneath the Obama administration, nevertheless, these investigations have been tamped down for concern of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”