Biden Confirmed Hamas Holds American Hostages
In a grave announcement on Tuesday, President Joe Biden confirmed the harrowing news that American citizens were among those captured by Hamas terrorists. Tragically, at least 14 Americans have lost their lives in the wave of terror attacks orchestrated by Hamas against Israel. The assault, which began on the 50th anniversary of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, has shaken the world with its ferocity. Pro-Palestinian terrorists, in their heinous acts, have claimed the lives of over 1,000 Israeli citizens and left thousands more wounded.
President Biden, flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, declared unequivocally that the United States firmly stands with Israel. He assured the nation that America will provide unwavering support, ensuring Israel's ability to defend itself against the unforgivable "hatred and violence" inflicted by Hamas terrorists.
However, amid the president's address, an important detail was missing: he failed to mention Hamas’s strong ties with Iran, the primary financial supporter of this terrorist group. Reports from credible sources like the Wall Street Journal have highlighted Iran's deep involvement in planning and resourcing the weekend attack. This incident occurred just weeks after the Biden administration unfroze $6 billion in Iranian funds held in Qatari banks. The administration defended this decision by emphasizing that the funds could only be used for humanitarian purposes. Yet, members of the GOP have raised concerns, urging the president to reconsider and pointing out that these funds could enable the Iranian regime to further sponsor terror in the region.
When questioned about the matter during a press briefing, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan assured the public, stating, “We have not yet had $1 of that six billion spent, and I will leave it at that.”
Addressing the dire situation of American hostages held by Hamas, President Biden announced comprehensive measures. The United States will intensify its efforts by sharing intelligence and deploying additional experts from various government agencies to collaborate with Israeli counterparts in hostage recovery operations.
The White House denounced members of Congress who do not back U.S. support for Israel, including representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.), who have both called for “an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation” in the region.
In the face of adversity, the United States reaffirms its alliance with Israel, a beacon of democracy in the Middle East. Together, we condemn the acts of terror committed by Hamas and pledge our support to ensure peace, stability, and security in the region. As the world watches, America stands firm, unyielding in its support for Israel, its cherished ally, and the shared values of freedom and peace that bind our nations together.