FLASHBACK: Biden Officials Admit Palestinian Aid Money Likely To Benefit Hamas, Free Beacon Reports
- October 9, 2023
Karl Salzmann, Free Beacon
The Washington Free Beacon reported back in August that the Biden administration knew its Palestinian aid would benefit Hamas, the Iran-backed terrorist group that on Saturday attacked Israel.
Internal State Department documents from 2021 said that “Hamas could potentially derive indirect, unintentional benefit from U.S. assistance to Gaza”—a violation of laws that ban the government from giving taxpayer aid to Palestinian terror groups. The department wrote up the documents, which the watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust originally obtained, as the Biden administration publicly declared the aid would be “consistent with U.S. law.”
The Biden administration just last month gave $6 billion to Iran, which supports Hamas and helped plan the terrorist group’s attack, as part of a hostage exchange. That payment, the Free Beacon reported, “likely allowed Iran to reallocate significant parts of its budget—including funds it would have been forced to spend on food and medical aid—toward its global terror operations.”