For years, Democrats have loved playing footsie with the antisemitic radical left. Over the weekend, as Hamas terrorists murdered or wounded thousands all over Israel, kidnapping families and executing scores of innocent civilians, we finally saw the results of their actions.
To appease the anti-Israel Left, like the “The Squad,” one of the first moves President Biden made upon taking office was to send money to Hamas.
The Washington Free Beacon wrote in August that “The Biden administration pushed through plans to distribute hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer aid to the Palestinians despite internal assessments that those plans could boost the Iran-backed terrorist group Hamas, according to internal documents obtained” by the newspaper.
State Department officials in 2021 outlined the concerns in private communications, asking the Treasury Department to exempt them from laws that bar the U.S. government from injecting taxpayer aid into territories controlled by Palestinian terror groups. The Biden administration needed this authorization in order to move forward with its plans to unfreeze more than $360 million in U.S. funds for the Palestinian Authority that were cut off during the Trump administration due to the authority’s support for terrorists.
“We assess there is a high risk Hamas could potentially derive indirect, unintentional benefit from U.S. assistance to Gaza. There is less but still some risk U.S. assistance would benefit other designated groups,” the State Department wrote in a draft sanctions exemption request circulated internally in March 2021, shortly after Biden took office. “Notwithstanding this risk, State believes it is in our national security interest to provide assistance in the West Bank and Gaza to support the foreign policy objectives.”
The documents—obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust—show the Biden administration was privately worried its efforts to restart Palestinian aid could benefit Hamas and other terror factions operating in the Gaza Strip. As officials publicly provided assurances to Congress and the press that this aid would be doled out “consistent with U.S. law,” the State Department was scrambling to secure a sanctions exemption that would let it skirt anti-terrorism laws.
More recently, The New York Post reported that Biden administration allowed the transfer of $6 billion in frozen assets to Iran — which funds and supports Hamas — in exchange for the release of five Americans.”
Driven by its obsession to “save” the disastrous Iran Deal negotiated by Obama, “The White House stressed at the time that Iran could only use the funds for ‘food, medicine, medical equipment that would not have a dual military use’ — but Iran waved off the terms and publicly boasted they would deploy the cash ‘wherever we need it.’”
Now we’re seeing what “where we need it” meant.
This is also the final death knell to the Obama/Biden dream of rapprochement with Khamenei and his ilk. https://t.co/C5Y0ms5QDN
— W. W. S. Hsieh – Sometimes Satirical! (@whsieh) October 8, 2023
The Wall Street Journal has discovered that Iran not only funneled money to Hamas to attack Israeli civilians but also helped “plot” the attack itself. “Iranian security officials helped plan Hamas’s Saturday surprise attack on Israel and gave the green light for the assault at a meeting in Beirut last Monday, according to senior members of Hamas and Hezbollah, another Iran-backed militant group.
Officers of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had worked with Hamas since August to devise the air, land and sea incursions—the most significant breach of Israel’s borders since the 1973 Yom Kippur War—those people said.
Details of the operation were refined during several meetings in Beirut attended by IRGC officers and representatives of four Iran-backed militant groups, including Hamas, which holds power in Gaza, and Hezbollah, a Shiite militant group and political faction in Lebanon, they said.
The Iranian delegation at the United Nations in New York didn’t respond to a request for comment. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has praised the attacks, saying in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the ‘Zionist regime will be eradicated at the hands of the Palestinian people and the Resistance forces throughout the region.’”
These results were entirely predictable. Over the past decade, Democrats, especially in the House of Representatives, have come to be influenced by the hard left that is unequivocally anti-Israel.
Nothing shows how far the Democrats have let the camel’s nose under the tent than the reaction to the Democratic Socialists of America rallying in favor of the terrorist attacks in Times Square this weekend.
Politico noted that the “pro-Palestinian rally Sunday in Times Square endorsed by the city chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America ensnared prominent party members amid widespread condemnation of the event.
Gov. Kathy Hochul and other leading Democrats blasted the rally as ‘abhorrent and morally repugnant’ and drew a dividing line with far-left members of the party — including New York Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman, who denounced the attacks and called for a ceasefire but didn’t take a stand on the rally.”
Modern leftists constantly prattle on about feeling "unsafe." Imagine being a Jewish person in New York City walking past this. Or a Jewish student at Harvard reading the statement I quoted earlier. These people are literally cheering on anti-semitic death squads https://t.co/1wqGxIdl6O
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 8, 2023
AOC and fellow Squad member Ilhan Omar have been slammed for offering a milquetoast statement calling on Israel not to respond to the terrorist attacks and rather try to broker a ceasefire.
Just a reminder the Twitter account of @aoc with 13 million followers has gone completely dark over the rape, kidnapping, and summary executions of innocent residents in Israel over the past two days pic.twitter.com/0A6s10WIZm
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) October 9, 2023
In 2012, Omar claimed that Israel “hypnotized” the world, and in 2019, with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, the House condemned her rampant antisemitism.
Another Squad member, however, Rep. Cori Bush, from Missouri and an avowed Democratic Socialist, said the quiet part out loud for the entire crew: “As part of achieving a just and lasting peace, we must do our part to stop this violence and trauma by ending U.S government support for Israeli military occupation and apartheid.”
In other words, Israel had it coming.
Will the murder of women and children in their homes by Hamas finally wake Democrats up to the radical antisemitism of their newfound socialist allies?
The leader of the Democrats in the House, Hakeem Jeffries, who himself has defended antisemites, offered a direct statement against Hamas, saying, “I strongly condemn the violent and ghastly attack by the terrorist organization Hamas on the Jewish people and the State of Israel. The loss of life in Israel as a result of the violent, calculated and unprovoked attack by Hamas is heartbreaking.
America stands firmly and unequivocally with Israel. We will strongly support Israel’s right to defend herself from this despicable attack that targeted civilians, including Israeli children, with rockets, gunfire and violent kidnappings. The Congress must stand with Israel until the invasion by Hamas has been crushed and security in Southern Israel and throughout the country has been permanently restored.”
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Sunday that the the Ford aircraft carrier strike group has been ordered to sail to the Eastern Mediterranean to assist Israel if needed.
The president himself, however, reminded everyone that he’s not really the one in charge anyway. He spent his Sunday hosting a barbecue at the White House:
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) October 8, 2023
Several Americans died in the Hamas attacks, but President Empathy was too busy.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the other hand, has been clear about what will happen next: “We will take mighty vengeance for this wicked day.”