By Ezequiel Doiny
On November 13, 2023 the Washington Free Beacon reported “The Biden administration may approve a sanctions waiver on Tuesday that will allow Iran to access at least $10 billion in previously frozen funds held in Iraq, a closely watched decision that comes just a month after the Tehran-backed terror group Hamas launched an attack on Israel that left 1,200 dead.
” The waiver would extend the multibillion-dollar sanctions relief first issued in July that expires tomorrow. It allows Iraq to transfer frozen electricity payments into Iranian-owned bank accounts in Europe and Oman. The waiver renewal is driving concerns that the Biden administration is maintaining financial avenues for Tehran as the country’s terrorist proxies foment chaos across the Middle East.
“The world is living in a post-Oct. 7 world, but the White House is still running an Oct. 6 policy toward Iran,” Richard Goldberg, a senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and sanctions expert who previously served on the White House National Security Council, told the Washington Free Beacon, referring to Hamas’s attack last month.
“Why should Iran have any access to more than $10 billion after sponsoring one of the worst terrorist attacks against American citizens and the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust? It would make more sense to freeze all of these accounts and keep every penny out of Tehran’s hands.”
Turkey shelters Hamas leaders yet Biden did not ask that Turkey be kicked out of NATO. Iran finances Hamas yet Biden refuses to reimpose sanctions on Iran (and continues to give Iran billions). Qatar remains a “Major Non-NATO Ally” (MNNA) despite finincing Hamas and providing shelter to Hamas leaders. Is Biden’s support for Israel a lie? Why does Biden’s attitude towards Iran, Qatar and Turkey did not change after October 7?
Qatar not only finances Hamas, it also privides refuge to its leaders. On October 11, 2023 the Wall Street Journal reported “Two former senior U.S. security officials called for military action against Hamas leadership allegedly being provided safe haven in Doha if Qatari authorities don’t hand the officials over to the U.S. or Israel. Ismail Haniyeh, president of the Hamas political bureau sanctioned by the U.S. under terror powers, allegedly oversaw from Doha the group’s strike against Israel over the weekend. Those responsible for orchestrating the attacks “are operating in plain sight and within reach in the hands of our purported major non-NATO ally Qatar,” said Mark Wallace, a former U.S. representative to the United Nations and head of the New York-based United Against Nuclear Iran. “We should not hesitate to act militarily on Qatari soil to bring to justice Ismail Haniyeh and Hamas leadership,” Wallace said. Frances Townsend, a top counterterror adviser to George W. Bush and head of the non-profit Counter Extremism Project, also joined the call for action. Neither representatives for Qatar in Washington nor the State Department immediately responded to requests for comment…”
On May 2, 2022 the Atlantic Council reported “On January 31, US President Biden told the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, that the United States would nominate Qatar as a “Major Non-NATO Ally” (MNNA). This status recognizes the bilateral security cooperation between the United States and Qatar has matured to the level beyond the already deep defense partnership rooted in the foundational 1992 Defense Cooperation Agreement, which enables US military access to Qatari military facilities, allows prepositioning of US armor and other military materiel, and supports US training of Qatar’s military forces. The status as a MNNA recognizes Qatar’s growing responsibility as a strong and enduring US partner in countering violent extremism, combating terrorism, and deterring external aggressors…”
Biden did not pressure Qatar to hand in Hamas terrorists currently living in Qatar. Qatar finances Hamas and shelters Hamas leaders Biden should have terminated the Defense Cooperation Agreement with Qatar and revoked Qatar’s status as a “Major Non-NATO Ally” (MNNA) but he didn’t. Biden did not change Qatar’s status as Major Non-NATO Ally despite its support for Hamas.
How can Biden claim to support Israel while continuing to keep an allyiance with Hamas supporter Qatar? Hamas does not operate alone, Hamas pillars are Iran, Qatar and Turkey. Despite their support for Hamas, Biden’s attitute towards Iran, Qatar and Turkey did not change after October 7. Turkey was not kicked out of NATO, sanctions were not reimposed on Iran, Qatar remains a “Major Non-NATO Ally”.
If Biden really wanted to support Israel he would have done something to weaken Hamas allyies Iran, Turkey and Qatar, he did nothing of the sort. Instead, despite Hamas October 7 terrorist attack Biden continues Obama’s policy to turn Iran into a regional power.
When he was president Obama was interviewed by the NY Times and said “Iran Will Be And Should Be A Regional Power.”
Ezequiel Doiny is author of “Obama’s assault on Jerusalem’s Western Wall” and “Jerusalem is the Spiritual capital of Judaism while Mecca is the Spiritual Capital of Islam”