Months Before This, Biden Admin Unfroze $6 Billion for Iran

( – Senate Republicans are increasing pressure on the Biden administration over the recent $6 billion Iran deal aimed at securing the release of American prisoners. They argue that this agreement might have indirectly supported Hamas’ surprise assault on Israel, resulting in over 700 casualties and 2,000 injuries.

The deal, finalized last month, permitted the transfer of Iran’s frozen assets from a South Korean bank to accounts in Qatar. The administration insisted that the funds were designated for humanitarian use, with strict oversight from the U.S. to monitor their distribution. Presently, there’s no concrete evidence suggesting the $6 billion has been accessed from the Qatari account.

Nevertheless, Hamas spokesperson Ghazi Hamad claimed to the BBC that they received support from Iran for the attacks that commenced on Saturday. A Wall Street Journal report also mentioned Hamas and Hezbollah’s involvement in planning the attack.

Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee urged President Biden to nullify the agreement and halt the $6 billion payment if it hasn’t been transferred to Iran. The assault on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip was initiated by Hamas under the banner of “Operation Al-Aqsa Storm,” prompting widespread condemnation and calls for action.

Senator Rick Scott of Florida expressed solidarity with Israel in the face of the ongoing conflict, emphasizing the need for a strong stance against the attackers. Meanwhile, progressive representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar advocated for a cease-fire and criticized the attacks, prompting a response from Senator Marco Rubio who emphasized the threat Hamas poses to Israel.

In response to the attack, Israel officially declared war on Hamas, receiving affirmation of its right to defend itself from President Biden. U.S. lawmakers stressed the importance of supporting Israel in its self-defense efforts and highlighted Iran’s dangerous role in funding terrorism through Hamas.

Senator Bill Hagerty highlighted Iran’s antagonistic stance towards Israel and the United States, emphasizing the interconnectedness of funds and their potential to support terrorism. Senator Ted Cruz echoed the sentiment, emphasizing Israel’s right to self-defense. Senator Joni Ernst underlined the need to not appease Iran and its proxies, recognizing their harmful intentions towards allies and friends.