The friends of Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist organization, such as the Iranian Islamist dictatorship and Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, have experienced a relaxation of sanctions during President Joe Biden’s administration prior to the recent surge of terrorist attacks in Israel.
The Biden Administration has under significant scrutiny due to the financial advantages these groups have received, particularly in light of the unprecedented surge of terrorist activities in Israel that occurred on Saturday.
In the preceding 24-hour period, the nation has witnessed a regrettable loss of life, with the demise of over 300 individuals, accompanied by a significant number of injuries, totaling approximately 1,600. These unfortunate incidents can be attributed to the relentless barrage of rocket bombings and deliberate assaults targeting the civilian population.
According to reports, a number of Israeli civilians, believed to be in the dozens and consisting of women, children, and elderly individuals suffering from dementia, were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists. Terrorists have been posting gruesome films on social media that purport to depict hostage torture.
The terror strike wave has been dubbed the “al-Aqsa Deluge” by Hamas, which has also pledged that it will not stop.
On the last day of the yearly High Holy Day cycle, Shemini Atzeret, a Jewish holiday, a terror attack by Palestinians took place.
The Biden administration’s long-standing support of Palestinian terrorism through its policies led to the attacks. The State Department reportedly gave over $90,000 in funds to the Phoenix Center for Research and Field Studies in Gaza, a “non-governmental” organization that calls itself an advocate of “armed resistance” against Israel, according to a report that was most recently published in September.
The Biden administration has indirectly, but arguably more significantly, supported some of Hamas’s most well-known foreign backers.
Despite being a Sunni Arab group, Hamas has historically had strong connections to the Iranian Shiite government.
Relations between the Islamic dictatorship and the terrorist group were briefly strained during the early years of the Syrian Civil War, but they later warmed back up to the point that the president of Hamas described Tehran as its “largest backer financially and militarily.”
Military analysts examining the drones used in the attack on Saturday hypothesized that, if not actual Iranian-made weaponry, they were at least partially inspired by Iranian designs.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the self-proclaimed “supreme leader” of Iran, rejoiced over the bloodshed on Saturday on Twitter, stating, “May God willing, the cancer of the usurper Zionist regime will be eradicated at the hands of the Palestinian people.”
A fundamental component of the Biden administration’s Middle East strategy has been its appeasement of Iran.
The White House recently informed Tehran that it would take steps to enable it to access $6 billion in assets that were blocked as a result of sanctions imposed on the nation for sponsoring terrorism.
Five Americans who were being held captive in Iranian jails were purportedly exchanged for the $6 billion by Biden.
Before the Americans were released, it is said that the United States helped to unfreeze the $6 billion that was kept in South Korea and move the funds to Qatar, an ally of Iran.
“This is not a ransom,” White House National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby insisted in August, before reports citing Biden administration officials confirmed the agreement on September 11.
Khamenei marked the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, jihadist attacks with a speech celebrating the demise 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.
A policy that was initiated early in the Biden administration is bookended by the $6 billion gift. Biden removed sanctions against two companies and three former Iranian officials in June 2021 for their involvement in the Iranian oil industry. The reason given was that the targeted entities had purportedly undergone a “verified change in behavior or status.”
The removal of the Yemeni Houthi movement, one of Iran’s closest terrorist partners in the region, from the US government’s list of foreign terrorist organizations recognized as foreign terrorist organizations was one of Biden’s first actions as president, taking effect in February 2021.
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 committing terrorist acts in order for the terror designation to be revoked. Instead, it was purported that the goal of removing the sanctions was to let the flow of funds into Yemeni regions under Houthi control.
“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.
Rather than “focus on engaging in dialogue,” the Houthis expanded their terrorist activities into Saudi Arabia.
Even in the face of condemnation from their supporters, the leaders of Hamas and the Houthis, a Shiite terrorist organisation, have openly shown their support for one other’s causes.
In spite of Nicolás Maduro’s known and extended ties to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas, the Biden administration has attempted to loosen sanctions on the socialist regime’s oil sector in Venezuela.
The biggest boon to Venezuela was the Biden administration’s decision to permit Chevron, an American business, to start “limited” oil production in the nation; however, this requires collaboration with Petróleos de Venezuela, Maduro’s state oil company (PDVSA).
Since November, the nation’s oil production has increased dramatically. Before, it had plummeted due to socialist mismanagement of PDVSA facilities and sanctions against the oil sector.
Together with the dictatorships in Iran and Syria, Venezuela declared last week that the three would soon work together to build an oil refinery in Homs, a former rebel bastion that was destroyed during the Syrian Civil War.
When the operation is finished, all three will benefit.
After President Donald Trump placed severe sanctions on both Iran and Venezuela in 2017, the three nations withdrew their initial interest in constructing a refinery in Homs.
Iran and Venezuela have maintained a tight alliance since the late Hugo Chávez’s regime. Then a foreign minister, Maduro is said to have struck an agreement with Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, in 2007 over allegedly helping the extremists obtain weapons, make money from drug trafficking, and obtain passports.
Adel El Zabayar, a close friend of Maduro’s, was accused by the US government in 2020 of participating in narco-terrorism by attempting to sell cocaine in the US in order to finance Hamas and Hezbollah.
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