Israel war: Biden faces his lat­est inter­na­tion­al and polit­i­cal cri­sis

Israel war: Biden faces his latest international and political crisis

Hamas’s dead­ly ter­ror­ist attacks in Israel and Israel’s force­ful reprisals in Gaza present Pres­i­dent Joe Biden with per­son­al and polit­i­cal chal­lenges as he grap­ples with the war.
The con­flict coin­cides with con­cerns regard­ing Biden’s for­eign pol­i­cy, par­tic­u­lar­ly his dis­tant rela­tion­ship with Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu and prob­lem­at­ic approach to Iran, amid Repub­li­can oppo­si­tion to Ukraine fund­ing and Demo­c­ra­t­ic divi­sion over Israel.
Hamas’s ter­ror­ist attacks and wide­spread kid­nap­pings are “already putting the Biden pol­i­cy toward Iran … under a micro­scope,” accord­ing to Foun­da­tion for Defense of Democ­ra­cies senior advis­er Richard Gold­berg. Gold­berg par­tic­u­lar­ly crit­i­cized last mon­th’s U.S.-Iran pris­on­er swap, which includ­ed five peo­ple per side and Biden unfreez­ing $6 bil­lion in Iran­ian mon­ey.
“Iran is the pri­ma­ry spon­sor of Hamas, Hezbol­lah, and Islam­ic Jihad,” Gold­berg told the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er. “That this attack came after the admin­is­tra­tion [released] bil­lions of dol­lars …