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Is Biden abandoning Israel for Iran’s mullahs?

The U.S. administration's appeasement policies towards Iran are empowering its Islamist, radical regime in the region, while undermining America's democratic ally Israel.

U.S. President Joe Biden at the Israeli President's Residence in Jerusalem, July 14, 2022. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
U.S. President Joe Biden at the Israeli President's Residence in Jerusalem, July 14, 2022. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
Majid Rafizadeh
Majid Rafizadeh

As the Iranian regime continues to sponsor, fund and arm terror groups on the borders of Israel, the Biden administration is carefully looking the other way.

According to Brig. Gen. (res.) Amir Avivi, a former deputy commander of the Israel Defense Forces’ Gaza Division, “For the last year and a half, Iran stated clearly that its main strategy is to make the Samaria region another Gaza.” The Iranians, he added, are “pouring money and smuggling weapons into the region. They are supporting Hamas and the PIJ [Palestinian Islamic Jihad] and other factions within the Palestinian Authority.”

Under the Biden administration, U.S. sanctions are not hurting Iran’s economy any longer, or cutting off the flow of funds to Tehran. The ruling mullahs are now producing more oil and selling it at levels close to the pre-sanctions era to countries such as China, which desperately needs more oil, while the Biden administration has cut off U.S. oil exploration.

Thanks to the Biden administration’s reluctance to enforce U.S. sanctions, the Iranian regime is most likely using the extra revenues to fund and arm terror groups across the Middle East. “Why,” The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial board asked, “does President Biden go out of his way to snub, criticize and give marching orders to the government of Israel?”

“At least rhetorically, the President and his Administration treat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his governing coalition worse than they do the ruling mullahs in Iran. The effect of this piling on is for Israelis to see that the U.S. sides with their opposition parties. This is no way to treat a democratic ally and no way to pursue U.S. interests while Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud Party is in power, as it has been for most of the past 25 years,” the article states.

The Islamist regime of Iran has repeatedly made its policy clear: it wants Israel to be wiped off the map. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who enjoys the final say in all of Iran’s domestic and foreign policies, proclaimed to the youth of Iran that they will soon witness the demise of Israel and of American civilization. This announcement was confirmed on the Supreme Leader’s official website.

Khamenei also made Iran’s intentions clear while meeting with students in 2019, declaring:

“You young people should be assured that you will witness the demise of the enemies of humanity, meaning the degenerate American civilization, and the demise of Israel.”

The commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, also made the strategy of the Iranian government crystal clear, stating, “Our strategy is to erase Israel from the global political map. And, it seems that, considering the evil that Israel is doing, it is bringing itself closer to that.”

In addition, Khamenei posted a Twitter tirade attacking Israel, and stating that “the Zionist regime will perish in the not so far future.”

More than 19 Iranian regime-backed groups that are targeting Israel and U.S. interests in the region meet the U.S. “terror designation criteria,” according to Joe Truzman in the report, “Iran and its Network of Nineteen Terrorist Organizations on Israel’s Borders.” The Biden administration, however, has not added them to the list of foreign terror groups.

What is mind-boggling is that the Biden administration criticizes Israel but then turns a blind eye to Iran’s military buildup near Israel’s borders—all while Iran fires missiles into Israel from Syria, ships ballistic missiles to Israel’s self-declared enemy, Hezbollah, and continues to threaten exterminating Israel down the pike.

Originally published by The Gatestone Institute.

The opinions and facts presented in this article are those of the author, and neither JNS nor its partners assume any responsibility for them.
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