Donald Trump criticized President Joe Biden following an aggressive assault by Iran-backed Hamas terrorists on Israel, resulting in the tragic loss of over 100 Israeli soldiers and civilians.
This assault occurred almost a month after Biden’s decision to grant Iran access to $6 billion in frozen Iranian funds as part of a prisoner exchange deal.
Consequently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed that Israel was now “at war.” The Israel Defense Force initiated “Operation Swords of Iron” to counteract the terrorist threat.
Trump expressed his disapproval of the Biden administration’s actions, particularly the dismantling of the Abraham Accords, a peace agreement in the Middle East that Trump had brokered. Additionally, Trump criticized the administration for enabling Iran, an adversary of Israel, to obtain billions through a prisoner exchange the previous month.
“These Hamas attacks are a disgrace and Israel has every right to defend itself with overwhelming force. Sadly, American taxpayer dollars helped fund these attacks, which many reports are saying came from the Biden Administration,” Trump said in a statement released on Saturday. “We brought so much peace to the Middle East through the Abraham Accords, only to see Biden whittle it away at a far more rapid pace than anyone thought possible. Here we go again.”
Historically, Iran under the mullah regime has been a major state sponsor of terrorism. Their activities were curtailed by stringent U.S. sanctions after Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. This deal, originally brokered by the Obama-Biden administration, was abandoned by Trump due to fears that it would enable Iran to develop nuclear weapons. Efforts to reinstate this deal by the Biden administration have been ongoing but have faced challenges. The recent prisoner exchange might have been an attempt to de-escalate tensions between the two nations.
On a fateful Saturday morning, Hamas executed a surprise attack on Israel from the air, land and sea. They launched missiles into Israeli cities and targeted Israeli civilians. The death toll exceeded 100, with over 900 injured. Iran publicly supported Hamas, praising the Palestinian terrorists for their ruthless assault on Israel.
“We congratulate the Palestinian fighters,” Iranian adviser Yahya Rahim Safavi said. “We will stand by the Palestinian fighters until the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem.”
Javed Ali, previously a White House counterterrorism official, informed The New York Times about the probable significant role of Iranian support, given their enduring relationship with Hamas, including the provision of funds, weapons and training.
Reports suggest that Palestinian terrorists might have received financial support from Iran. Moreover, the Biden administration had directly funded the Gaza Strip with American taxpayer dollars. Specifically, in July 2022 Biden declared that the U.S. would allocate $316 million in aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. This decision was made after Trump had ceased foreign aid to these regions.
Biden communicated his support for Israel during these trying times. He reached out to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, expressing his steadfast commitment to Israel’s security.
“Today, I spoke with [Netanyahu] about the appalling Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel. I offered our support and reiterated my unwavering commitment to Israel’s security. @FLOTUS and I express our heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost loved ones,” Biden stated.
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