Biden shuns Cruz warning not to fund Palestinians, who then attack Israel

Sunday, May 16, 2021
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Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (2020)President Joe Biden was warned by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) not to send cash to the Islamic-terrorist-led Palestinians, but he did not heed his advice, and hundreds of missiles by the jihadist group Hamas have been launched into Israeli neighborhoods in Jerusalem in the ensuing weeks.

Undermining Israel

Cruz claims that Biden is responsible for the latest explosion of violence in the Middle East, insisting that the “ambiguous” stance Democrats have taken regarding Israel only empowers Hamas to wage its attacks.

“The conflict we are seeing is the direct result of the tragic mistakes of the Biden foreign policy,” Cruz stated, according to The Washington Times. “And when you are ambiguous, when you are agonizing, when you undermine our support for Israel, what happens is it encourages the terrorists who attack and launch the kind of missile and rocket attacks we’re seeing right now.”

The Texas Republican also accused Biden of working against Israel by looking to reenter the Iran nuclear deal, while at the same time praising former President Donald Trump for his work to establish “a flowering of peace in the Middle East” – demonstrated through the historic 2020 Abraham Accords – and for his unequivocal support of Israel by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“It is exceptionally dangerous, and unfortunately, I fear there is a good chance it will get worse, because Biden is not going to change and is going to continue for four years to systematically undermine Israel,” Cruz added.

On Monday, Israel launched airstrikes on Hamas in Gaza in retaliation against the terrorists’ continued rocket fire on Jerusalem targets – a rekindled conflict that arose after a court ruling allowed six houses to return to their original Israeli ownership, resulting in Palestinian uprisings against Israeli security forces.

Biden funding terror?

The attacks are being blamed on the Biden administration because they were launched a month after it resumed giving monetary aid to Palestinian areas run by Islamic terrorist groups despite warnings – funding that previously went on during the Obama administration, which Trump quickly put to an end when in office.

“At the beginning of April, a group of U.S. senators warned President Joe Biden’s secretary of state – Antony Blinken – not to send economic aid to territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian terrorist group, Hamas,” The Western Journal reported. “In a letter sent out on April 8, Blinken was warned that such funding would be inevitably redirected toward terrorist activities, citing numerous past examples.”

Among the signatories of the letter warning that such funding would endanger America’s longtime ally, Israel, were Cruz, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).

Yet Biden continued former President Barack Obama’s anti-Israel foreign policy by funding the Palestinian government, which is co-led by the Hamas terrorist organization.

“The administration announced last Thursday that it was giving $15 million to vulnerable Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” The Associated Press reported on March 31. “A day later, with no public announcement, it notified Congress that it will give the Palestinians $75 million for economic support, to be used in part to regain their ‘trust and goodwill’ after the Trump-era cuts.”

Told you so …

The lawmakers who penned the letter foresaw that such funding would bring upon more terrorist attacks against innocent Israelis.

“Since 1993, the U.S. government provided more than $6.3 billion to the Palestinians with the aims of, first, advancing the Palestinians’ capacity to build a state and, second, insulating and distancing Palestinian governance from terrorism,” the letter reads. “Measured by the degree to which they have achieved those aims, U.S. programs have not just failed, but have been counterproductive, with the money facilitating terrorist incitement and making its way to terrorists. In just the last few weeks, U.S. government documents and announcements by the Palestinians have made clear those failings were systematic and structural.”

It was also warned in the letter how money going to the Palestinian Authority will likely end up paying for more terrorist-led “pay-to-slay” programs that pay jihadists’ families a reward for the murder of innocent Jewish people in Israel.

“[T]he PA has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars every year to reward Palestinian terrorists and their families, with increased rewards in proportion to increased casualties,” the letter continued. “[One beneficiary of the program, Bashar Masalha,] stabbed 11 people near Tel Aviv and murdered 28-year old U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force.”

Heed a second warning …

After seeing that Biden paid little heed to the first letter, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), along with 43 other Republicans, sent another letter to the president on Wednesday to persuade him to not give funds to Iran – one of Hamas’ largest supporters.

“The United States designated Hamas as a terrorist organization in 1997 and as such, is prohibited from providing any funds to Hamas,” the 44 Republicans wrote in the letter they sent to Biden on Wednesday. “Iran, however, is a longtime financial and material supporter of Hamas. 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 imminent danger in which rekindling the Iran deal would place Israel was impressed.

“We call on you to immediately end negotiations with Iran and make clear that sanctions relief will not be provided,” the letter added. “Doing so would demonstrate a firm commitment to our closest ally in the region and to our own security interests.”



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