- President Biden confirmed American hostages are being held by Hamas following a severe attack in Israel.
- Conservative voices criticize Biden for neglecting to address Iran’s involvement in the recent attack.
- Reports suggest Iran approved Hamas’ attack plan, with Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei showing support for the assailants.
President Joe Biden has confirmed that American citizens are among those held hostage by Hamas, following the militant group’s violent attack which resulted in the deaths of over a thousand individuals in Israel.
“We now know that American citizens are among those being held by Hamas,” stated Biden.
He further added, “I’ve directed my team to share intelligence and deploy additional experts from across the United States government to consult with and advise Israeli counterparts on hostage recovery efforts. Because as president, I have no higher priority than the safety of Americans being held hostage around the world.”
During the course of his remarks, the President declared the assaults on Israel as “an act of sheer evil” and proclaimed, “we must be crystal clear, we stand with Israel.”
However, the President’s address drew sharp criticism from conservative quarters for a glaring omission: Iran, a known state sponsor of Hamas, wasn’t mentioned even once.
“Biden spoke for 10 minutes and 12 seconds, then turned his back and shuffled away,” noted a social media post from a Republican National Committee-associated account. “He did not even mention Iran.”
Other conservative figures and media personalities were quick to chime in with their disapproval.
Joe Concha, a Fox News contributor, remarked on social media, “14 Americans are dead. An unknown number have been taken hostage. President Biden just spoke for 11 minutes before quickly walking away without taking any questions. No mention of Iran whatsoever. Utterly irresponsible and weak on both fronts.”
Marc Thiessen, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and current Fox News contributor, pointedly asked, “Biden gives a speech on attack on Israel and does not even mention Iran!”
This sentiment was echoed by Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich, who stated, “No mention of Iran in Biden’s remarks and restrained verbal response to the murder of Americans. Weak.”
The ties between Iran and Hamas have been the subject of scrutiny and reportage.
The Wall Street Journal highlighted that Iranian security officials had greenlit Hamas’ attack plan on Israel during an October 2nd meeting in Beirut.
Despite such revelations, Secretary of State Antony Blinken maintained on CNN, “We have not yet seen evidence that Iran directed or was behind this particular attack, but there is certainly a long relationship.”
However, in a televised speech, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei seemed to laud the attackers, stating, “We kiss the hands of those who planned the attack.”
He further added, “This destructive earthquake has destroyed some critical structures [in Israel], which will not be repaired easily. … The Zionist regime’s own actions are to blame for this disaster.”
Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, during a press conference, did acknowledge Iran’s complicity due to its historical financial and material backing of Hamas.
Yet, he added, “Now, as to the question of whether Iran knew about this attack in advance or helped plan or direct this attack, we do not as of the moment I’m standing here at the podium have confirmation of that.”
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