Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) defended her colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) decision to equate the United States to terrorist groups on Thursday, making use of her United States Constitutionally-enshrined right to freedom of speech, which the terrorist groups Omar listed are adamantlyMore
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn anti-Israel comments from her fellow Democrats on Thursday, while announcing that Biden is continuing economic negotiations with Iran as they openly fund terrorist organizations.
“So yesterday, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez accused Israel of using American weapons to target media outlets, schools, hospitals, other sites,” a reporter asked. “The other day, Congresswoman Omar called the Israeli prime minister an ethno-nationalist. I know you’ve talked about the White House’s message to Democrats, but does the president specifically denounced these comments?”
“I think we have a responsibility here to speak about this as the issue that it is, which is a conflict that is killing people in a region, and our efforts to bring that to an end,” Psaki responded. “The president doesn’t see this through the prism of domestic politics. He sees this through the prism of what role the United States can play as a leader in the global community to engage in quiet, intensive diplomacy, to bring an end to the suffering and the tragedy on the ground.”
Biden's Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn anti-Israel rhetoric from Democrat House members pic.twitter.com/tGdt46Xb9o
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 20, 2021
During the press conference, Psaki also said that Biden is continuing negotiations with Iran to remove sanctions, despite their current funding of Hamas and other terrorist organizations. The original Iran nuclear deal was widely criticized as Iran predictably used the $150 billion in funds acquired from the deal to fund those same terrorist organizations, and a reinstatement of that deal would obviously increase current funding.
“There’s reporting earlier that the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard said that the rocket attacks from Palestine hitting Israel was a sign of ‘a new Palestine.’ I’m wondering if that type of rhetoric coming out of Iran has any effect on the president’s eagerness to rejoin the treaty, the Iran nuclear agreement, and, sort of, if there is any interplay between those two spheres,” a reporter asked.
“I think it’s important to be very clear. Iran, they are bad actors, and they’re bad actors in the region,” Psaki responded. “And that is very clear. That is our position. However, we believe, the president believes, that it is in the best interest of the United States and in the best interest of countries in the region to have more visibility into Iran’s nuclear capabilities, and to prevent them from acquiring a nuclear weapon.”
Biden's Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden is continuing talks with Iran despite their support for Hamas’ terrorist attacks against Israel pic.twitter.com/hWr8iEVJiq
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 20, 2021
Democrat President Joe Biden will reportedly waive sanctions against the corporation and CEO in charge of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany, according to Axios.
“The State Department will imminently send its mandatory 90-day report to Congress listing entities involved in Nord Stream 2 that deserve sanctions. Sources familiar with the drafting of the report tell Axios the State Department plans to call for sanctions against a handful of Russian ships,” Axios reported.
“The State Department will also acknowledge that the corporate entity in charge of the project (Nord Stream 2 AG) and its CEO (Putin crony and former East German intelligence officer Matthias Warnig) are engaged in sanctionable activities,” Axios continued. “However, the State Department will waive the applications of those sanctions, citing U.S. national interests.”
The report comes after the Biden administration blocked the Keystone XL pipeline, and after a cyberattack on a U.S. pipeline company caused fuel shortages across the East Coast.
Axios pointed out that the decision to waive sanctions contradicts Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s statement during his confirmation hearing, in which he said, “I am determined to do whatever we can to prevent that completion” of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
“And so when it comes to congressional opposition to Nord Stream 2, congressional commitment to stopping that pipeline from ever being complete, it is virtually universal and it is bipartisan,” Sen. Ted Cruz asked (R-TX). “Can you commit to this committee today that the Biden administration will hold the line, will keep the sanctions, and will prevent the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from being completed?”
“Two things, if I may, Senator. First of all, the president-elect strongly agrees with you that Nord Stream 2 is a bad idea and he has been very clear about that. I need to look at the actual legislation. I am determined to do whatever we can to prevent that completion,” Blinken responded.
After the report that the Biden administration would be actively removing barriers to Russia building the pipeline despite Blinken’s claims, Sen. Cruz responded on Twitter, calling the Biden administration “the most pro-Russia” of the modern era.
Stunning. In defiance of U.S. law, Biden is actively helping Putin build his pipeline.
Objectively speaking, the Biden administration is shaping up to be the most pro-Russia administration of the modern era. https://t.co/3FwjiIILEc
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 18, 2021
On Tuesday, after 48 hours of Palestinian terrorist organizations launching hundreds of rockets at Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the terrorist organizations “will pay a very heavy price for their aggression,” and Israeli Defense Forces had already successfully killed multiple terrorist commanders.
“We are in the midst of a major campaign — Operation Guardian of the Walls,” Netanyahu said. “Yesterday and today, the IDF attacked hundreds of Hamas & Islamic Jihad terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. We have eliminated dozens of terrorists, including senior commanders. We have bombed Hamas command centers and toppled buildings that serve the terrorist organizations.”
“We will continue to attack with full force,” Netanyahu continued. “We have just finished a consultation and assessment of the situation with heads of the security establishment and we made decisions. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have paid — I tell you here — will pay a very heavy price for their aggression. I say here this evening — their blood in on their heads. Citizens of Israel, we stand united against a reprehensible enemy.”
“We will grieve for those who have been killed. We all pray for the wellbeing of the wounded,” Netanyahu concluded. “We all stand behind the IDF and the security forces. I ask everyone, without exception, to strictly follow the directives of the IDF Home Front Command and enter protected spaces, this saves lives. I tell you something else this evening: This campaign will take time. With determination, unity and strength, we will restore security to the citizens of Israel.”
Hamas and Islamic Jihad have paid and will pay a very heavy price for their aggression. Their blood is on their heads.
This campaign will take time. With determination, unity and strength, we will restore security to the citizens of Israel." pic.twitter.com/FRhEE34hRQ
— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) May 11, 2021
Reports from various watchdog organizations monitoring foreign media have revealed that Iran is funding the Palestinian terrorist organizations attacking Israel, just a month after it was announced that President Biden intended to lift sanctions on Iran and reinstate the counterproductive Iran nuclear deal.
In a transcript provided by Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Palestinian Islamic Jihad Official Ramez Al-Halabi said, “The mujahideen in Gaza and in Lebanon use Iranian weapons to strike the Zionists. We buy our weapons with Iranian money. An important part of our activity is under the supervision of Iranian experts. The contours of the victories in Palestine as of late were outlined with the blood of Qasem Soleimani, Iranian blood.”
Later, Al-Halabi added, “I am not sorry, I am proud to say that the rockets that are used to pound Tel Aviv have an Iranian signature on them, the signature of Qasem Soleimani. The Kornet missiles that we use to blow up the Israeli tanks – the pride of the Israeli and global defense industry – are the Kornet missiles of Qasem Soleimani and Iran. The guns that we use to shoot at the Israeli enemy… Those who use these guns were trained by our brothers in the IRGC. We say this loud and clear.”
David A. Daoud, a research analyst at the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), posted a similar clip on Twitter with the caption, “Palestinian Islamic Jihad Quds Force Brigade spox thanks ‘Resistance Axis, headed by Islamic Republic of Iran,’ for the addition of Badr-3 missiles to PIJ arsenal.”
Palestinian Islamic Jihad Quds Force Brigade spox thanks "Resistance Axis, headed by Islamic Republic of Iran," for the addition of Badr-3 missiles to PIJ arsenal pic.twitter.com/3N8nIia2Jd
— David A. Daoud (@DavidADaoud) May 12, 2021
In the past week, Palestinian terrorist organizations have launched over one thousand Iranian-funded missiles at Israel – a month after reports of Biden’s plans to reinstate the Iran nuclear deal and lift sanctions on Iran. As previously reported, “The Iran nuclear deal was widely criticized as Iran used the funds acquired from the deal, estimated to be between $100 to $150 billion, to fund terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Unsurprisingly, Iran also secretly violated the nuclear deal after it was passed.”
“In 2019, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, revealed that JCPOA negotiations had required Iran to destroy parts of their nuclear reactors by filling them with cement, but Iran secretly acquired replacement parts so that the functionality of the reactors would not be ultimately affected. Salehi also revealed that pictures of the reactors filled with cement had been photoshopped.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is known for her ability to lose presidential elections, said that President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan will have “huge consequences.”
“Well, it’s been made. And I know it is a very difficult decision,” Clinton told CNN on Sunday. “This is what we call a wicked problem. You know there are consequences both foreseen and unintended of staying and of leaving. The president has made the decision to leave.”
“I think these two huge sets of issues have got to be addressed,” she said. “I mean it’s one thing to pull out troops that have been supporting security in Afghanistan, supporting the Afghan military, leaving it pretty much to fend for itself. But we can’t afford to walk away from the consequences of that decision.”
Clinton said that the Taliban would gain strength again to fill the power vacuum created by the United States’ absence, and the instability would result in a “huge refugee outflow.”
“The potential collapse of the Afghan government and a takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban probably with a resumption of civil war in certain parts of the country,” she said. “But a largely, Taliban-run government at some point in the not-too-distant future.”
Despite the Biden administration being overwhelmed with record levels of illegal immigration that the president seems unable to handle, Clinton said the administration needs to be willing to accept refugees from Afghanistan after U.S. withdrawal.
“I hope that the administration in concert with the Congress will have a very large visa program and will begin immediately to try to provide that channel for so many Afghans to utilize so that they are not left in danger,” Clinton said.
As Retired Army General Jack Keane told Fox News, the development of ISIS into a regional power was largely a result of the Obama administration’s decision to “prematurely” withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq.
“I’m surprised somewhat that [Biden’s] withdrawing with no conditions whatsoever,” Keane told Fox News, adding that former President Trump set an exit date if outlined conditions were met.
“Why aren’t we putting that into play negotiations with his conditions for a withdrawal to give our negotiators some leverage with the Taliban? We have walked away from that opportunity,” Keane said. “Second thing here is, we are forgetting lessons learned. We ended the war in Iraq prematurely and we got ISIS. It was an absolute disaster on our part.”
If the Biden administration withdraws troops irresponsibly, the fear of a resurgence in terrorist groups like the Taliban has some worried that his decision could encourage future U.S. intervention, delaying an actual end to the “endless” war. According to Axios, “Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee they’re worried about President Biden’s plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, with Rice suggesting the U.S. may need to go back.”