Friends of Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist group, include the Islamic dictatorship in Iran and Nicolás Maduro, the ruler of Venezuela. During President Joe Biden’s administration, sanctions were eased on these countries before the current wave of terrorist attacks in Israel.
The Biden Administration has been closely looked at because these groups have gotten financial help from it. This is especially true now that there has been an unprecedented rise in terrorism actions in Israel since Saturday.
Over 300 people have died and over 1,600 have been hurt in the last 24 hours, which is very sad. The constant stream of rocket bombs and intentional attacks on civilians are to blame for these terrible events.
According to reports, Hamas terrorists took hostages a large group of Israeli residents, thought to be in the dozens and including women, children, and old people with dementia. Terrorists have been sharing graphic videos on social media that they say show torture of hostages.
It has been called the “al-Aqsa Deluge” by Hamas, and the group has promised that it will not stop.
On Shemini Atzeret, the last day of the Jewish holiday cycle for the High Holy Days, there was a terrorist attack by Palestinians.
As a result of its policies, the Biden government has long supported Palestinian terrorism, which led to the killings. According to a report that came out in September, the State Department gave more than $90,000 to the Phoenix Center for Research and Field Studies in Gaza. This is a “non-governmental” group that supports “armed resistance” against Israel.
In a roundabout way, but maybe more importantly, the Biden administration has helped some of Hamas’s most well-known foreign backers.
Although Hamas is a Sunni Arab group, it has a long history of close ties with the Iranian Shiite government.
During the early years of the Syrian Civil War, there were some tense moments between the Islamic regime and the terrorist group. But things got better over time, and the head of Hamas called Tehran its “largest financial and military backer.”
Military experts who looked at the drones used in the attack on Saturday thought that, if they weren’t actually made in Iran, they were at least partly based on plans made in Iran.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who calls himself the “supreme leader” of Iran, was happy about the killing on Twitter on Saturday, writing, “May God willing, the cancer of the usurper Zionist regime will be wiped out at the hands of the Palestinian people.”
Iran has been made to feel better as a central part of the Biden administration’s Middle East policy.
The White House recently told Tehran that it would take steps to let the country access $6 billion in assets that were stopped because the country supported terrorists and was subject to sanctions.
Biden is said to have traded the $6 billion for five Americans who were being held captive in Iranian jails.
It is said that before the Americans were freed, the US helped to move the $6 billion that was frozen in South Korea to Qatar, which is a friend of Iran.
He stressed in August, “This is not a ransom,” John Kirby, who was the White House National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications. On September 11, stories citing Biden administration sources confirmed the deal.
The day after the terrorist acts on September 11, 2001, Khamenei gave a speech in which he praised the fall of the United States.
“The main lines of this transformation are several things: First of all, the weakening of the world’s arrogant powers,” Khamenei said.
“They themselves say that the indicators of American power in the world, like the economy, are declining. One of the most important indicators of American power was the strong American economy; they say it is declining.”
“Hamas is being funded and equipped by Tehran … which the U.S. has been appeasing and enabling in recent months, as billions of dollars have flowed into the regime’s coffers,” Jake Wallis Simons, editor of the Jewish Chronicle observed this weekend.
The $6 billion gift comes at the end of a policy that was started early in Biden’s term. It was in June 2021 that Biden lifted sanctions on two companies and three former Iranian leaders who had worked in the oil business in Iran. The reason given was that the things being targeted had supposedly gone through a “verified change in behavior or status.”
When Biden became president, one of the first things he did was take the Yemeni Houthi movement off of the US government’s list of foreign terrorist groups. This took effect in February 2021 and was one of Iran’s closest terrorist partners in the area.
Under the banner “Allah is great, death to the United States, death to Israel, curse the Jews, victory for Islam,” the Houthis, also known as Ansarallah, have been fighting a deadly civil war in Yemen for almost ten years.
It was made very clear by Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the Houthis had not stopped being terrorists so that the terror label could be taken away. Instead, it was said that the goal of lifting the restrictions was to allow money to move into parts of Yemen that are controlled by the Houthis.
“By focusing on alleviating the humanitarian situation in Yemen, we hope the Yemeni parties can also focus on engaging in dialogue,” Blinken said at the time.
Instead of “focusing on engaging in dialogue,” the Houthis crossed into Saudi Arabia to carry out terrorist attacks.
Even though their own followers have spoken out against them, the leaders of Hamas and the Houthis, a Shiite terrorist group, have made it clear that they support each other’s goals.
Even though it is known that Nicolás Maduro has ties to terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, the Biden administration has tried to ease sanctions on the oil sector of Venezuela’s socialist government.
The best thing that happened to Venezuela was that the Biden administration let the American company Chevron start “limited” oil production in the country. However, they have to work with Petróleos de Venezuela, Maduro’s state oil company (PDVSA).
The country’s oil production has gone up a lot since November. Before, it fell very low because socialists mismanaged PDVSA assets and the oil sector was hit with sanctions.
Russia, China, and Venezuela all said last week that they would soon work together to build an oil plant in Homs, which used to be a rebel stronghold but was destroyed during the Syrian Civil War.
All three will be better off when the process is over.
After President Trump put tough sanctions on Iran and Venezuela in 2017, the three countries that were originally interested in building a plant in Homs pulled out.
Since the time of Hugo Chávez, Iran and Venezuela have had a close relationship. In 2007, when Maduro was foreign minister, he is said to have made a deal with Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, about helping extremists get guns, make money from drug trade, and get passports.
Adel El Zabayar, a close friend of Maduro’s, was charged by the US government with drug-related terrorism in 2020 for trying to sell cocaine in the US to help fund Hamas and Hezbollah.