The "Hamas Caucus" in Congress Supports a Designated Terrorist Group

(Washington Examiner) Jonathan Schanzer and David May - If it was not for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, Hamas rockets could have killed hundreds or even thousands of innocents. Yet, somehow, the group has found a small gaggle of congressional apologists in Washington, which is odd given how much terrorism is reviled by both Democrats and Republicans alike. Hamas, now a full-fledged proxy of Tehran, was designated as a terrorist group by the U.S. in 1997, as it has been in Europe, Canada, and elsewhere around the world. It's also odd for American lawmakers to ignore Hamas' crimes against their own countrymen. Hamas has killed at least 25 Americans in Israel since 1993. Some were drive-by shootings on teenagers; others were suicide bombers who detonated their explosives in crowded buses and cafes. One was a car-ramming of a 3-month-old in Jerusalem in 2014. President Biden understood the deadly nature of Hamas when he was a senator and helped spearhead the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, which prohibits American assistance to the Palestinian Authority if it is "effectively controlled by Hamas." Jonathan Schanzer is senior vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where David May is a research analyst.

2021-05-24 00:00:00

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