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Republican Senators bash Biden’s $6B Iran deal in push to support Israel

Senate Republicans are turning up the heat on the Biden administration’s $6 billion Iran deal in exchange for American prisoners, which they say may have helped fund Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel that has killed at least 700 people and injured 2,000 others.

The deal, which was reached last month, allowed the transfer of Iran’s frozen assets held in a South Korean bank to accounts in Qatar. The administration said the money can only be used for humanitarian purposes and the U.S. will have oversight as to how and when the funds are used. There is no evidence that any of that $6 billion has left the Qatari account.

However, Hamas spokesperson Ghazi Hamad told the BBC that they had Iran’s support for the attacks, which began Saturday. A Wall Street Journal report Sunday said Hamas and Hezbollah helped Iran plan the attack.

“If the funds have not been released to Iran, President Biden should immediately void the agreement and freeze the $6 billion ransom payment,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., posted to X, formerly known as Twitter, on Sunday.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, also chimed in and wrote on X: “Make no mistake: Hamas is funded and supported by Iran. America must never appease this ruthless regime and its terror proxies who seek to kill our allies and friends.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Gabriele Regalbuto contributed to this report. 

Jamie Joseph is a writer who covers politics. She leads Fox News Digital coverage of the Senate. 

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