Critics Highlight Concerns Over Biden’s $100 Million Aid Possibly Fueling Hamas

by | Oct 23, 2023 | News

President Joe Biden’s announcement of a $100 million aid package to Gaza, Judea, and Samaria has ignited a firestorm of criticism, with detractors voicing concerns about the funds potentially aiding the terrorist organization Hamas. The criticism comes amid a hostage situation in Gaza where at least 199 individuals are being held captive.

The financial assistance, aimed to support over 1 million displaced and conflict-affected Palestinians, was announced during Biden’s visit to Israel. According to a report from the Independent Journal Review, critics are anxious about the lack of clear mechanisms to ensure that the funds reach civilians and not Hamas operatives, who govern the Gaza Strip​​.

High-profile political figures have publicly expressed their disapproval. Former Vice President Mike Pence opined on X (formerly Twitter), suggesting that the aid should be contingent on the immediate release of all hostages in the affected regions.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis challenged Republicans to stand against what he termed as Biden “funding Jjihad!”

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Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump dubbed the aid announcement as “totally inappropriate” given the timing during Biden’s Israel visit​.

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Despite the backlash, President Biden insisted on the necessity of the aid, pledging inspections to ensure the funds reach civilians and not Hamas. However, critics argue that the administration lacks a concrete plan to prevent aid diversion to Hamas, especially amidst a precarious hostage crisis​.

The discourse around the aid announcement underscores the complex balance between humanitarian aid and the potential for funds misuse in volatile regions, highlighting the need for robust mechanisms to ensure aid reaches its intended beneficiaries.

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