Social-media users have blamed the Biden administration’s move to free up frozen Iranian funds in a prisoner-exchange for playing a role in the Hamas attacks in Israel.
On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared in a video address that “we are at war” after gunmen from the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a surprise attack , infiltrating southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.
Videos appeared to show Palestinian militants shooting at passersby in the streets of the Israeli town of Sderot, and Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza has killed one Israeli woman.
Amid the most-serious escalation in the country since Israel and Hamas fought a 10-day war in 2021, users on the platform X (formerly Twitter ) referred to the Biden administration’s move to issue a waiver to allow the transfer of $6bn in frozen Iranian funds from South Korea to Qatar.
This has allowed international banks to allow for the transfer of Iranian funds to free five Americans detained in Iran. Social-media users made a direct connection between the U.S. deal with Iran, which funds and supports Hamas, and calls for the destruction of Israel.
“If you are horrified by what is happening in #Israel right now, you can thank @JoeBiden. Iran is spending the $6 BILLION Joe Biden just gave them,” posted the journalist Amy Mek. “The Islamic attack that you are watching unfold in Israel is being funded by Joe Biden and the Democrat Party,” tweeted journalist and author Laura Loomer .
“I’m sure the fact that Joe Biden gave $6,000,000,000 to Iran had nothing to do with Hamas declaring war on Israel on Shabbat,” posted Afshine Emrani.
Conservative commentator Vince Mansfield posted: “I would like to see the Republicans in the US House open an investigation into how that $6 billion Joe Biden just sent to Iran was distributed. Specifically, did any of it go to Hamas before this latest attack on Israel.”
Canadian journalist Daniel Boardman wrote on X that, after Biden allowed the money to be released to Iran, “now Hamas, one of the terrorist proxies they brag openly about funding, is launching a sophisticated and expensive attack on Israel. Foreign Policy matters.”
Bryan E. Leib, executive director of the group CASEPAC (Combating Antisemitism Everywhere!), wrote that “the carnage that’s unfolding in #Israel right now is a direct result of what happens when Joe Biden emboldens Iran. #Hamas would not be able to be operate if not for the $$ from Tehran.”
Meanwhile, editor of The Jewish Chronicle , Jake Wallis Simons wrote on X that, as well as being a failure of Israeli intelligence, the attack on Saturday was a “profound indictment of US-led policy on Iran.”
“Hamas is being funded and equipped by Tehran… which the US has been appeasing and enabling in recent months, as billions of dollars have flowed into the regime’s coffers,” he added.
“Added to this, oil sanctions are no longer being strictly enforced. Iran is now producing up to 2m barrels a day while Biden turns a blind eye,” said Simons, with the money “boosting Iran’s ability to subvert, dominate and meddle throughout the region…the gruesome results of which we are seeing in Israel right now.”
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