According to reports, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic terrorist organization behind the surprise attacks on Israel, confirmed that it received support for the attacks from the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.
A spokesperson for the terror group told the BBC that it received funding from Iran and others, not naming any others who provided support.
After the attacks, Iranians across their nation flocked into the streets to celebrate the attacks, which led to the deaths of hundreds of Israelis and wounded thousands more. Revelers shot off fireworks, waved flags and cheered according to numerous images and videos posted online.
Additionally, several Iranian officials have celebrated the attacks, such as Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanani, who said, “What took place today is in line with the continuation of victories for the anti-Zionist resistance in different fields, including Syria, Lebanon and occupied lands.”
Another, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, posted on social media: “God willing, the cancer of the usurper Zionist regime will be eradicated at the hands of the Palestinian people and the Resistance forces throughout the region.”
A third, Yahya Rahim Safavi, the top military adviser to Khamenei, said, “We congratulate the Palestinian fighters. We will stand by the Palestinian fighters until the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem.”
Billions of dollars have been given to Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups by Iran in the last few decades, all in support of attacks against Israel. The nation has provided weapons, funding and training.
However, the foreign policy experts at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a nonprofit focusing on national security and foreign policy, placed some blame on President Biden, stating that his administration “has strengthened and emboldened the regime in Iran.”
The Biden administration has loosened sanctions on Iran while it seeks a nuclear deal, which it has failed to deliver, and Iran has been able to sell millions of barrels of oil per day.
Additionally, this year alone, Biden has allowed $16 billion in money transfers to the country, with a $10 billion transfer from Iraq to Iran being greenlit by Biden in July, and $6 billion in Iranian oil revenues were unfrozen in August.
The Biden administration, as well as its defenders, have claimed that the money did not go to terrorism, but Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that Iran would spend the money as it pleased.
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