Biden Administration Aid to the Palestinians Could go to Hamas

A spokesperson for the Biden Administration’s State Department confirmed the possibility that some of the aid being sent to the Palestinians could go to the terrorist organization Hamas, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

The administration is allocating up to $100 million of American taxpayers’ money to go to the Palestinians, but has repeatedly declined to confirm if there are any safeguards in the aid package that could prevent some of the funds from going to Hamas, the terror group that is responsible for thousands of unprovoked rocket attacks on Israel in recent weeks.

An unnamed senior official with the State Department said that “as we’ve seen in life, as we all know in life, there are no guarantees,” with regards to the possibility of terrorists getting their hands on some of the funds.

The close relationship between the Palestinians and Hamas has frequently led to American aid intended for the country instead going to the terrorists, a trend which ultimately led President Donald Trump to cut off all aid to the Palestinians in 2018. After Joe Biden took over, one of the first moves by his new Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was to resume the aid without any conditions or requirements on the part of Palestine.

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) called out the Biden Administration’s lack of interest in preventing this possibility, declaring that the administration “has a fundamental obligation to do whatever it can to prevent American taxpayer dollars from winding up in the bank accounts of terrorists.”

“This reinforces the imperative of Congress’ core oversight function,” Issa continued, “and I hope that the White House provides quick clarification and commits to redoubling all its efforts to ensure that American aid is never handed over to those who would use it to take other peoples’ lives.”

The issue of aid to the Palestinians has become more prominent in recent weeks, after the Palestinian terror group suddenly began attacking Israel at a rate of consistency not seen in over a decade, launching thousands of rockets into Israeli cities and forcing Israel to retaliate with calculated airstrikes against Hamas leaders. After roughly two weeks of fighting, a ceasefire was brokered by the nation of Egypt.

 

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: A plume of dark smoke rises above buildings hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, as rockets are fired (L) and intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome missile defence system, on May 15, 2021. - Israeli air strikes pounded the Gaza Strip, killing 10 members of an extended family and demolishing a key media building, while Palestinian militants launched rockets in return amid violence in the West Bank. Israel's air force targeted the 13-floor Jala Tower housing Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television and the Associated Press news agency. (Photo by Mahmud Hams / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

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