Former President Donald Trump had warned last month that releasing $6 billion in frozen oil revenues to Iran, as President Joe Biden did, could lead to terror attacks in the Middle East. This prediction resurfaced online following a surprise attack by Hamas on Israel, which includes rocket fire and attacks on Israeli military personnel and civilians.
Trump’s warning was based on concerns that the money released to Iran could be used for terrorism across the Middle East. He criticized Biden for making the deal and expressed worries that paying for hostages could lead to kidnapping, ransom, and blackmail against Americans.
After the recent attacks in Israel, some online commentators invoked Trump’s previous policies in the Middle East, particularly the Abraham Accords, which aimed to promote peace and cooperation between Israel and other countries in the region. They suggested that Trump’s approach to the region was more effective than Biden’s, which they criticized for reversing some of Trump’s policies.
Trump himself issued a statement expressing support for Israel’s right to defend itself and blaming Biden for the attacks. He also contrasted the situation with the progress made through the Abraham Accords during his presidency.