A growing bipartisan group of legislators is calling to permanently end American taxpayer support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency amid accusations that it took part in the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel. But there's another reason for Democrats and Republicans to unify behind the plan to replace UNRWA: The agency denies millions of Palestinians their basic human rights.
The Middle East could get even uglier, with Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah ready to wage war on Israel
A brutal war is looming between the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah and Israel.
The Iran-backed radicals began firing anti-tank missiles and drones at Israel Oct. 8, one day after Hamas carried out its mass slaughter of 1,200 Israelis.Four months later, the attacks — more than 700 and counting — haven't stopped.
Israel has gotten the better of Hezbollah in most of these exchanges, destroying the group's strategic assets and killing nearly 200 well-trained fighters. But it has been at a terrible price. Nearly 100,000 Israeli citizens of communities along the border have been forced to flee their homes.
The death of three US service members in Jordan Sunday, along with more than 40 injured, is just the latest – and deadliest – example of Iranian-backed militias targeting American forces in the Middle East. The Sunday drone attack came just weeks after two Navy SEALS died while trying to disrupt a weapons smuggling operation by Iran-backed Houthi militia members off the coast of Somalia. American targets, meanwhile, have sustained at least 165 different attacks by Iran-backed militias since mid-October.
The United States government has intensified its efforts to counter Hamas worldwide. Recently, that has included sanctions on entities based in Turkey. The focus is warranted. The government in Ankara offers material support to Hamas in a variety of documented ways: office space, citizenship to its key leadership, and financial support.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken toured the Middle East this month in an effort to prevent a wider regional war.
But while Blinken was there, Jordanian jet fighters struck Iran-backed militias and narco-traffickers in Syria.
Jordan's narco-battles have received scant attention but are part and parcel of Iran's multifront offensive against the United States and its allies across the region.
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