As Gaza ceasefire takes effect, US Republicans call for cutting foreign support to Hamas

WASHINGTON, DC (Kurdistan 24) – Some 100 Republican Congressmen, led by Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent President Joe Biden a letter on the eve of the ceasefire in Gaza, which took effect early Friday morning local time.

The Congressional letter affirmed, “Israel has an unequivocal right to self-defense,” while calling on Biden “to cut off the support to Hamas that enables it to kill and injure Israeli and Palestinian civilians.”

The Congressmen focused on Iran’s backing of Hamas, noting, “The US government previously estimated that Iran has historically provided up to $100 million annually in combined support to Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC).”

PIJ and the PFLP-GC, in addition to their relationships with Iran, have close ties to Syria’s…