In a passionate address during a rally held in Iowa, former President Donald Trump placed responsibility for the recent Hamas attack on Israel squarely on President Joe Biden and his approach to Iran. Trump contended that the release of $6 billion to Iran as part of a prisoner exchange in September created an avenue for funding to reach Hamas, an acknowledged proxy of the Islamic republic. In his characteristically bold manner, Trump pointed out that it would come as no surprise if a portion of that money was channeled into fueling the ongoing aggression we are witnessing.
Trump, not one to shy away from self-praise, also seized the opportunity to highlight his own track record. He asserted that under his leadership, incidents such as the Hamas attacks, conflicts in Ukraine, and Chinese assertiveness toward Taiwan would not have unfolded. According to Trump, the global perception of the United States during his tenure was characterized by a "grossly corrupt and inept president." That's certainly a blunt assessment!
Meanwhile, the White House has vehemently refuted the allegations made by Republican candidates, asserting that not a single penny from the unfrozen Iranian funds has been utilized to finance the conflict involving Hamas. The National Security Council has emphasized that the $6 billion is strictly earmarked for humanitarian purposes, such as providing food and medicine for the Iranian population. They contend that spreading misinformation during this critical period is counterproductive.
However, Republican candidates remain skeptical. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, for instance, squarely assigns blame to Biden's policies, contending that his leniency toward Iran has permitted them to replenish their coffers and contribute to the ongoing conflict against Israel. It appears that the blame game is in full swing, with all attention focused on Iran as Israel responds to the Hamas attacks.
As for President Biden, he has characterized the Hamas attack as an "appalling assault" on Israel and condemned the Iran-supported group as "terrorists." At least there is a consensus on that front.