Israel has long classified the head of the Hamas terror organization as what he is - a terrorist. And now her greatest ally has finally agreed. The Jerusalem Post's Anna Ahronheim reports that the United States is the first country other than Israel to categorize Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist," while also freezing all of his assets under American jurisdiction:
“Ismail Haniyeh has been involved in Hamas’s campaign of terrorism against Israel for years and even decades. The United States is not fooled by any attempt by Hamas to re-brand itself. We know it for what it is, a terror organization committed to the destruction of the State of Israel.”
Haniyeh called for a violent uprising until “Jerusalem’s liberation” in response to US President Donald Trump’s declaration on December 6 in which he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
According to [State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Ambassador Nathan A.] Sales, the consequences of the labeling of a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under executive order 13224, which aims to impede terrorist-funding, is “significant.”
“All assets belonging to Haniyeh under US jurisdiction will be frozen,” Sales told the Post. “This designation allows us to dry up the sources of funding and kick them out of the international financial system. We don’t want to only stop the bomber, but the person who buys the bombs.”