The leader of the Hamas terrorist group appeared on Iranian state TV, thanking the Islamic regime for the money and weapons to attack Israel from the Gaza Strip on Friday. On Monday, President Biden announced that he would send the secretary of state to strengthen relations with Palestine.
“I cannot but thank [Iran] who brought forth money and weaponry to the valiant resistance,” Haniyeh said hours after the cease of fire was announced. “This battle has destroyed the project of ‘coexistence’ with the Israeli occupation, of the project ‘normalization’ with Israel.”
The leader’s remarks refer to the peace accords between Israel and the four Muslim-majority Arab nations agreed upon during the Trump administration, which achieved some regional stability.
The ‘Abraham Accords’ brought cordial diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Commercial flights and tourism even resumed between the two nations.
But apparently, the stability and agreements of the Trump era are viewed under a negative lens by the Biden administration, which said Blinken “will continue our Administration’s efforts to rebuild ties to, and support for, the Palestinian people and leaders, after years of neglect.”
In 2018, Trump stopped sending financial aid to the Palestinian Authority—some $200 million annually—and also declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, a city the Palestinians also claim as their own.
According to Breitbart, Biden said in a press release Friday, “It’s essential that the Palestinians—on the West Bank be secured, that Abbas be recognized as a leader of the Palestinian people, which he is,” and he promised to rebuild Gaza “for all those innocent people who in fact have been hurt and—and had been collateral damage.”
Although in his remarks, Biden assured that his actions would benefit the Palestinians and not the Hamas group, Gaza is considered a Hamas-run area and a center of operations for attacking Israel.
Haniyeh celebrated that the 11-day attacks where they launched more than 2000 rockets into Israel “defeated the illusions of negotiations, defeated the deal of the century, defeated the projects of normalizing (relations) with the Zionist occupation.”
“Resistance is the best strategic choice for liberation and return,” the Hamas leader assured.
Historically, with mediators such as the United Nations, the British Empire, and the United States, Israel received 5 proposals to become independent and build its own state. Still, each time the Palestinian leadership rejected the proposals.
The tone and statements of the Hamas leader reveal once again that the terrorist group, which controls the Gaza Strip, seeks to achieve its goals by violent means.
After Biden announced last week that his administration is working to lift sanctions on Iran, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Monday that there is no certainty that Iran will be able to meet its commitments.
The fact that it has financed and provided weapons to Hamas to attack Israel will play a decisive role in the Biden administration’s decision on whether or not to lift sanctions on Iran.