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Lifting sanctions would give Iran ‘power to enrich uranium’: Marsha Blackburn

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Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R) criticized the Biden administration’s policy toward Iran, accusing them of essentially re-entering the 2015 Iran nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—that former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from.

Appearing on Thursday’s episode of “The Sara Carter Show” podcast, the Tennessee Republican was asked about what’s going on in the Senate to prevent the Biden administration from lifting sanctions on Iran amid multilateral talks, in Vienna, about its nuclear program.

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What the administration is “seeking to do, is to revive the Iran nuclear deal. And we know what happened with that—we all remember the pallets of cash, and being flown over to Iran,” Blackburn charged, to host Sara Carter. “And as you said, that is money that goes into proxy wars. Iran is also trying to up the enrichment level on uranium that they are enriching—not using this for nuclear power, but using this for weaponry.”

“So we believe that with the Iran nuclear deal during the Obama years, they [the Obama administration] found a way to circumvent Congress on this,” she continued. “It should be treated as a treaty. And […] we’re forcing the issue, with this coming to the Senate.”

Asked if she’ll have enough support to pass this, Blackburn replied, “We certainly are going to try, and we will not know until we try. I think there are people on each side of the aisle that now in hindsight—looking at that Iran nuclear deal—realize that this should have been treated as a treaty.”

Later in the interview, the senator expressed her fears about the potential consequences of lifting sanctions on the authoritarian state.

“It is horrifying to think that they [the Biden administration] could reposition themselves to the point that they would […] lift sanctions and give Iran the power to operate, the power to enrich uranium,” she said. “And Sara, as you have heard me say, the new Axis of Evil—Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea—you have to look at the neighborhood that these guys are playing in. And you have to realize who their buddies are. These are not people that wish us well.”

“So we ought not to do anything that is going to help them move forward. We should be holding them to account,” Blackburn added. “And this is why we’re saying this, ‘If you’re trying to do something with Iran, you have to bring it to the Senate. It has to withstand […] an up-or-down vote in the Senate.'”

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Good Riddance to UNRWA as it Supports Hamas

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The head of UNRWA recently accused Israel of waging an “expanded, concerted campaign” to destroy the UN agency. The leader of UNRWA does have a cause for concern, as Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that UNRWA has “lost legitimacy and can no longer function as a UN body.” UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer stated that “The rot is systemic, and that’s why we’re holding a conference…to replace UNRWA.” And now Congressional Republicans are probing the Biden administration’s decision to restore US funding to UNRWA in 2021, following the Trump administration’s suspension of that funding in 2018.

Good riddance to UNRWA if it ends up folding under pressure; UNRWA and the UN are Hamas apologists at best, and facilitators at worst. For example, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator actually insisted that “Hamas is not a terrorist group for us,” but merely a “political movement.” And the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories, in a rejoinder to the French president calling the October 7 attack “the largest anti-Semitic massacre of our century,” stated that “No, Mr. Macron. The victims of [the October 7 attack] were not killed because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression.”

UNRWA Employees Provide Material Support to Hamas, PIJ

Israeli Defense Minister Galant has named 12 specific UNRWA employees who “actively participated” in Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, and also stated that Israel has “significant indications based on intelligence” that implicates “over 30” additional UNRWA employees. Gallant stated that of UNRWA’s 13,000 staff in Gaza, “1,468 workers are known to be active in Hamas and PIJ, 185 UNRWA workers are active in the military branches of Hamas and 51 are active in the PIJ military branch.”

Additional to those numbers are the 30 UNRWA teachers known to have celebrated the October 7 attacks on a UNRWA Telegram group that had 3,000 members.

Hamas’ “Data Center” Found Underneath UNRWA Headquarters

Israel also found a Hamas “data center” under UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza, equipped with an electrical room, computer servers and rooms where Hamas operatives could work and sleep, and that there were power lines connecting UNRWA’s headquarters to this data center. And surprise, some of the equipment found was made in Iran and China. Interestingly, while the Hamas “data center” contained electronics, a server room in the above-ground UNRWA headquarters had most of its electronics missing, which appears to be indicative of “actions of someone who knew the army was coming and wanted to hide the evidence,” according to Col. Benny Aharon of Israel’s 401st Armored Brigade. After the head of UNRWA denied that UNRWA knew of this data center ahead of time, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) tweeted “Oh, you knew,” and stated that Israel had warned UN officials about the data center but those officials chose to ignore those warnings.

Additional Evidence of Strong UNRWA/Hamas Partnership

Additionally, UN Watch cited instances of UNRWA/Hamas synergy, including that Israel found:

  • At the UNRWA headquarters above ground, weapons and “documents that indicated that the same offices were also used by Hamas”;
  • UNRWA aid bags in Yahya Sinwar’s bunker;
  • UNRWA concrete in Hamas’ tunnels that housed hostages;
  • Missiles and rockets under UNRWA equipment;
  • That Hamas stashed ammunition, explosives, and weapons in UNRWA bags, and that Hamas also had UN vests;
  • That Hamas stored weapons in and fired weapons from a UNRWA school; and
  • That Hamas’ “Ministry of Health” stole 24,000 gallons of fuel from UNRWA.

And to further emphasize the scope of how seriously UNRWA is compromised by Hamas, every single UNRWA “site, school, mosque, [and] kindergarten” that Israel has inspected had weapons, according to Israel’s commander of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade.

Calls to preserve UNRWA merely deflect away from the “systemic” “rot” found in the organization. Israel should make sure that UNRWA does not operate in any post-war Gaza, as the organization compromises the security of the Jewish state.

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