Dozens of Republican senators have demanded that President Joe Biden immediately stop negotiating with Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, after Iranian-backed terrorists have launched countless attacks against Israel this week.
“Over the past couple days, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, who are funded by Iran, have launched a series of rocket attacks into Israel,” the 44 Republican senators wrote.
“They are targeting Israeli civilians and cities, including Israel’s capital Jerusalem. This is troubling as members of your administration are currently in Vienna negotiating with Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. In light of these recent attacks by Hamas against Israel, the United States should take all steps necessary to hold Tehran accountable and under no circumstances, provide sanctions relief to Iran.”
“This is especially important as Iran is supporting terrorist activity against the United States’ closest ally in the region, Israel.”
The letter comes as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) — both designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) — have been behind countless rocket attacks against Israel this week that have resulted in the deaths of at least seven people inside Israel with hundreds injured. The number of casualties would have been much higher if not for Israel’s missile defense system known as the Iron Dome.
The Daily Wire wrote a report earlier this week highlighting the fact that Palestinian extremists have openly bragged or thanked Iran for weapons they have received from Iran.
Republicans cited Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who tweeted that Palestinians should unite to “use the tools of their disposal” to attack Israel — which he describes as a “terrorist garrison.”
They also pointed to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, who is “supervising” Iran’s negotiating team in Vienna and called Hamas’ leader to “express Iran’s support for the group’s actions.”
“The United States engaging in active negotiations with Iran and potentially providing billions of dollars in sanctions relief will no doubt contribute to Iran’s support of Hamas and other terrorist organizations who attack Americans and our allies,” the senators wrote.
“We call on you to immediately end negotiations with Iran, and make clear that sanctions relief will not be provided. Doing so would demonstrate a firm commitment to our closest ally in the region and to our own security interests.”
The senators said that it was crucial that the U.S. not do anything to financially support those who are in any way involved in committing violence against Israel, which is America’s top ally in the region.
Andrea Stricker, research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), echoed the remarks coming from the senators, saying that the U.S. should immediately end its involvement in the Vienna nuclear deal negotiations.
“The nuclear accord, embedded in UN Security Council resolution 2231, lifts sanctions on Iran and removes an international embargo against Iran’s import and export of missiles in October 2023,” Stricker said in a statement.
“We see what happens when Iran can import and export missiles. Lives are at stake in the region. Iran cannot have additional funding to outfit its violent proxies.”
Author: Dillon Ritter