Greenblatt: Hamas using Iranian ‘blood money’ for attacks against Israel

US Assistant to President Donald Trump and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason D. Greenblatt has responded to Israel border police foiling an attempt to smuggle explosive materials into Gaza. In a series of tweets, he accused Hamas and Iran of sponsoring terrorism instead of helping the people of Gaza.
Jason Greenblatt toured the Gaza periphery in 2017 Photo Credit: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv/Wikimedia Commons

In a series of tweets on Sunday, US Assistant to President Donald Trump and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason D. Greenblatt condemned Hamas and Iran. In his tweets, Greenblatt spoke about Hamas’ responsibility to use its aid to help the people of Gaza instead of using the money for tunnels and weapons to be used against Israel.

Greenblatt tweeted, “Imagine what the people of Gaza could do with the $100 million Iran gives Hamas annually that Hamas uses for weapons and tunnels to attack Israel!”

Hamas is largely funded and supported by Iran. Greenblatt explained that the support from Iran does not help the Palestinian people, “Iran spends almost a billion dollars a year sponsoring terrorism in Lebanon, Israel and West Bank/Gaza. This blood money only increases violence and does nothing to help the Palestinian people.”

His tweets also focused on the Iranian government and its relationship with its own people, “The corrupt regime in Tehran squanders the resources of the Iranian people on military adventures throughout the region instead of investing at home and promoting peace abroad.”

His final tweet reverts back to Hamas, stating, “Hamas must also permit the repatriation of Hadar Goldin’s remains and the release of Oron Shaul, as well as the release of Israeli civilians - Avraham Abera Mengistu, Hisham al-Sayed and Juma Ibrahim Abu Ghanima.”

The tweets come in response to Israel border security foiling an attempt to smuggle explosive materials disguised as medical equipment into Gaza.



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