Biden’s dovish posture toward Iran emboldened Tehran in its attack on Israel: experts

Jerusalem American and Israeli experts have issued scathing condemnations of President Biden’s alleged weak policy toward Iran, after the Iranian government launched a major air campaign against the Jewish state over the weekend.

For the first time, the Islamic Republic carried out a direct missile and drone attack on Israeli territory. Dramatic events in the heart of the Middle East have led to growing calls for the Biden administration to reverse what it calls dovish support for religious leaders who run theocratic states. Mr. Biden is now urging Israel to withdraw from counterattacks.

“This was a massive, unprecedented, unacceptable strategic attack on Israel,” Richard Goldberg, a member of former President Trump’s National Security Council, told Fox News Digital. “It would be a big mistake to pull Israel back from military retaliation, but it would be pure insanity to leave $10 billion available to Tehran afterwards. The president has blocked all funds that have been made available to Tehran in recent months. There is a need to.”

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In the early hours of April 14, 2024, Israeli defense systems intercepted an Iranian missile over Male Admim near Jerusalem. (Matagna Reichmann/TPS)

Fox News Digital reported last month that Biden defied Iranian regime opponents and waived sanctions on Iran’s cash-strapped economy. Mr. Biden came under fire for leaking $10 billion into the Islamic Republic’s coffers. In January, an Iranian regime-backed proxy terrorist attack in Jordan killed three American soldiers.

The Biden administration has insisted that the Iranian regime cannot use its funds for growing military offensive weapons. Critics argue that the $10 billion is fungible funding and that this allocation would allow Iran to revise its budget to expand its military apparatus.

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This image shows the Security Council meeting held at United Nations Headquarters on March 22, 2024.

“If the president wants an economic and diplomatic response to an attack on Iran, there are clearly three avenues available: Sequester $10 billion in funds,” said Goldberg, a senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “In other words, tightening U.S. oil sanctions.” And if Biden avoids these measures, this is not continued appeasement. ”

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On “Fox News Sunday” with Shannon Bream, President Donald Trump’s National Security and Public Affairs Advisor John Kirby addressed sanctions and other measures against Iran, echoing criticism that the administration is not being tough enough on Iran. I denied it. What President Biden has done is that we have somehow become soft on Iran. ”

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This view shows the Kharg Island Port oil terminal in Iran on March 12, 2017. (Fateme Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

He continued, “It was the previous administration that decided to take us out of the Iran deal, and now Iran is dramatically closer to its potential nuclear weapons capability than ever before…Mr. Trump was elected. ” he said.

Asked about the economic relief given to Iran and how the regime used it, he said, “It’s not even sanctions relief, it’s additional funds provided to Iran for sanctions.” . [the] The sanctions relief program introduced by the Trump administration can only be used for humanitarian supplies. That will not be communicated to the government. ”

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An Iranian military truck carrying a surface-to-air missile passes in front of a portrait of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei during a parade in Tehran on April 18, 2018. (Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, appearing on “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo,” said the Biden administration’s response to the death of a Revolutionary Guards general in Syria after a reported attack on Israel was He said that he thinks this shows how “a rift” there is in their relationship. This was said to have “emboldened Iran.”

Fox News Digital reported that in October, shortly after Iran’s proxy Hamas massacred 1,200 people, including more than 30 Americans, in southern Israel, the Biden administration and its European allies threatened Iran’s ability to buy and supply missiles to its enemies. It was reported that UN sanctions had been lifted. America and Israel.

A State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital at the time: “The snapback mechanism has not expired and remains in place. We are committed to implementing U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 to limit Iran’s development and proliferation of dangerous missile-related technology and unmanned aerial vehicles. rather than relying solely on a comprehensive set of multilateral and unilateral tools.”

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The spokesperson went on to say, “We are taking all necessary measures to counter Iran’s missile and unmanned aerial vehicle development and proliferation, including sanctions, unilateral and multilateral export controls, interdiction operations, diplomatic engagement, and collaboration with private industry.” We will continue to use our tools.”

Risa Daftari, a leading Iranian-American expert on the Islamic Republic and editor-in-chief of Foreign Desk, told Fox News Digital that “the Biden administration’s attitude in the first hours of entering the White House was… Their policies reflected this and sent a clear message to Muslims that their wrongdoings would have no consequences.”

Israeli Air Force planes intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle and a cruise missile sent by Iran on Saturday. (IDF Spokesperson Unit)

The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to questions from Fox News Digital reporters. A State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital last week that “Iran’s political, financial, and material support for terrorist organizations, including Hamas, is well documented and, in fact, promoted by the regime. Iran. is one of the world’s leading state sponsors of terrorism.” The regime has prioritized funding Hamas and its proxies at the expense of its own people and regional stability. ”

Yaakov Katz, Israel’s leading expert on the security and defense of the Jewish state, told FOX News Digital that “Iran continues to attack, despite continued attacks by its proxies Hamas, the Houthis, and Hezbollah. “I have been granted exemption since October 7,” he said.


Katz continued: “What happened Saturday night was an unprecedented direct attack on Israel by Iran. Containment policies are not working, and global diplomatic and sanctions strategies are not working. The world has shifted gears. “We need to change the way we’ve been doing things.” This is to confront Iran. ”