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Joe Biden Keeps Rewarding the Terrorists

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Peace is for suckers.

Even as Israelis were rooting out the barbaric child murderers and rapists of Hamas, President Joe Biden was trying to bully the Jewish state into repaying the Palestinians with a new state. Now, the State Department is reportedly fast-tracking recognition of an "independent" Arab state, which not only promises to envelop Israel in a three-front terror fight but also pull the United States into a needless quagmire.

Then again, for Biden, rewarding terrorists is a matter of policy. If this administration, for instance, had explicitly promised to help Iran enhance its position in the Middle East, what would it have done differently?

Only a few days after the inauguration, Biden brought back special envoy Rob Malley to spearhead negotiations with the Islamic State. Now, there are many problems with Malley, but the biggest one is that he negotiates for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rather than the U.S.

Iran has spent decades kidnapping and murdering Americans. So, a month after Malley's hiring, the Biden administration took Iranian proxies, the Houthis, off the State Department foreign terror designation list.

Then, as Barack Obama did, Biden released billions to strengthen the deteriorating terror regime and its revolutionary guard. It wasn't just ransom. Iranians, supposedly under U.S. and EU sanctions, were able to boost oil production to a five-year high last year -- which amounts to an extra $10 billion.


All this did was incentivize Iran to further destabilize the region. Iranian proxies have attacked American troops at least 151 times during the Biden years. Last week, three U.S. soldiers were murdered by the regime. Add those lives to the over 600 servicemen murdered by Iran over the past 20 years.

The White House spent the week propping up the president and incessantly discussing how we were going to respond. At the same time, they stressed we "don't want war" with Iran. Of course, we don't want war. We also don't need to sound like a pathetic, middling power. But I don't care if you're a neocon, an isolationist or anything in between; there needs to be repercussions for murdering Americans. Tehran should be terrified of what comes next. I doubt they are.

And while Biden was boosting Iran's fortunes, he was also empowering their allies in Hamas.

Donald Trump bypassed the intractable Palestinians, giving Israel space to make peace with most of the Sunni Arab world. Iran was increasingly isolated and weakened. The first thing the Biden administration did was place Palestinians at the center of Middle East policymaking.


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