JERUSALEM, Israel -- While Europe is still dragging its feet about calling Hezbollah a terrorist entity, Bahrain became the first Arab country to do so, YNet reported on Wednesday, quoting the al-Arabiya network.
According to the report, Bahrain based its decision in part on statements by Hezbollah's spiritual leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, saying the terror group threatens all countries in the region.
The Sunni-ruled Gulf state accused Nasrallah of instigating violence against Bahrain's government by training terror cells that threaten its security and stability.
Bahraini parliamentarian Adil Asoumi told al-Arabiya Syrian soldiers who defected from the country admitted to training cells, with Hezbollah's backing, to carry out attacks in Bahrain.
Asoumi said labeling Hezbollah a terrorist group is meant "to protect Bahrain's security and stability from Hezbollah's threats."
Bahrain suffered its own uprising in the early days of the so-called Arab Spring, when dozens of its citizens were killed during pro-democracy protests in the country's capital, Manama.
In July 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah, for a terror bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israelis, the bus driver and wounded 36 others.
The attack took place on the 18th anniversary of Hezbollah's massive terror attack on the Jewish community in Buenos Aires, which killed 29 and injured more than 250.
During President Obama's recent trip to Israel, he urged the European Union to classify Hezbollah as a terror group.
Holland is the only E.U. member nation so far that has classified Iran's Lebanese proxy as a terror organization.
Nasrallah, meanwhile, repeatedly threatens to target Tel Aviv and other strategic sites in any future war with Israel and dispatch ground forces to conquer the Galilee.
Should Israel decide to take out Iran's nuclear facilities, Hezbollah says its ready to bombard Israel with thousands of missiles.