With the unprecedented wave of terrorism hitting Israel this week, it’s important to look more closely at the financial benefits that groups with ties to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas have been getting from President Joe Biden’s loosening of sanctions over the past few years. These groups include the Islamic regime in Iran and the socialist dictator in Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.
The Israeli government says that more than 300 individuals have died and almost 1,600 have been hurt in the last 24 hours due to thousands of rocket strikes and waves of attacks on citizens in the streets. Reports say that Hamas terrorists took hostage an unidentified amount of Israeli residents, but it is thought that the number is in the dozens and includes women, children, and old people with dementia. Terrorists have posted a lot of disturbing videos on social media that seem to show hostages being tortured.
Hamas has called the wave of terror strikes the “al-Aqsa Deluge” and said they will never stop.
The terrorist attack by the Palestinians happened on Shemini Atzeret, the last day of the Jewish High Holy Days period.
The attacks happened after years of policies made by the Biden government that helped people who backed Palestinian terrorism. The most current report, from September, said that the State Department gave more than $90,000 to the Phoenix Center for Research in addition to Field Studies in Gaza. This is a “non-governmental” organization that says it supports “armed resistance” in opposition to Israel.
The Biden administration has helped some of Hamas’s most well-known foreign allies in a way that is less direct but may have more of an effect.
Even though Hamas is a Sunni Arab group, it has had close ties with Iran’s Shiite government for a long time. Relations between the Islamic government and the terrorist group Hamas got better after a short break throughout the earliest stages of the Syrian Civil War. In fact, the head of Hamas called Tehran its “largest supporter financially as well as militarily.” Military experts who looked at the drones used in the attack said they looked like they were at least based on plans made in Iran, if not made in Iran itself.
A big part of the Biden administration’s approach to the Middle East has been trying to make peace with Iran. The last thing Tehran heard was that the White House would move to unlock $6 billion in assets that had been frozen because the country was backing terrorism. It is said that Biden traded the $6 billion for the freedom of five Americans who were being held hostage in Iranian jails. Reports say that the US helped get the $6 billion that was being held in South Korea unfrozen and sent to a friend of Iran, Qatar, before the Americans had been freed.
“This is not a form of ransom,” John Kirby, who was the National Security Coordinator for Strategy Communications stressed in August. On September 11, stories citing Biden administration sources confirmed the deal.