Iran Praises Hamas Following Attack

The leader of Iran issued a statement this week praising the recent Hamas attack on Israel, which killed more than 1,100 civilians. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the statement as Iran officially denied any role in the current conflict.

The ruling cleric said that the “defeat is irreparable.”

“It is a devastating earthquake,” he said. “It is unlikely that the usurping regime will be able to use the help of the West to repair the deep impacts that this incident has left on its ruling structures.”

Khamenei and Iran have been chief supporters of a number of terrorist organizations across the Middle East, including Hamas. Iran has also extensively aided the Lebanese group Hezbollah (The Party of God), which bombed a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut in 1983, killing 241 Americans.

“We kiss the foreheads and arms of skillful and intelligent designers and Palestinian youth, but those who say that the recent epic is the work of non-Palestinians suffer from miscalculation,” Khamenei said.

Iran has formally denied being a part of the weekend attacks, but a recent Wall Street Journal article indicated that Tehran directly participated in the planning of the attack with leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah.

The United States has determined that Iran aided Hamas, but White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said that D.C. had not “seen hard, tangible evidence that Iran was directly involved in participating in or resourcing and planning these sets of complex attacks that Hamas pulled off over the weekend. Again, we’re going to keep looking at it.”

President Joe Biden issued a statement condemning the Hamas attacks on Israel Tuesday.

Despite the condemnation, the Biden White House is under increasing pressure to withdraw $6 billion in funding earmarked for Iran as part of a hostage deal with the Islamic Republic.

The effort by a number of congressional Republicans to freeze the funding was joined by two Democrats Tuesday. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) each announced their support for the suspension.

Tester said that at “a minimum, we should immediately freeze the $6 billion in Iranian assets and explore other financial tools we have at our disposal.”