Americans believe the Biden administration was wrong to unfreeze $6 billion of Iranian assets in a prisoner swap deal last month, according to an exclusive DailyMail.com poll.
The issue has been in the headlines all week after Iranian proxy Hamas launched a bloody attack on Israel.
The money was quietly put off limits again this week after Republicans hammered the administration for being too soft on Iran.
Some 43 percent of Americans in our poll said unfreezing seized assets was the wrong thing to do, while 29 percent said it was right.
The results come from a poll of 1000 Americans conducted from Tuesday to Thursday by J.L. Partners.
The results come from a poll of 1000 Americans conducted from Tuesday to Thursday by J.L. Partners, and carry a margin of error of 3.1 points either way.
President Joe Biden’s administration has been under fire all week amid accusations that a prisoner swap deal could have let President Ebrahim Raisi’s regime get its hands on $6 billion
‘If Biden had not have re-frozen Iranian funds yesterday, he would have faced serious public pressure to do so,’ said James Johnson, co-founder of J.L. Partners on Friday.
‘Americans believe it was an error, particularly Republicans and the all-important voter group of independents, and a majority of Americans think it is probably or definitely the case that Iran was behind the attacks.
‘In the weeks and months ahead, the American public clearly expects a hawkish response on Tehran.’
The Iranian oil revenues had been frozen in Seoul since 2019 after Washington imposed fresh sanctions under President Donald Trump.
But the money was moved to bank accounts in Qatar as part of a prisoner swap last month that freed five Americans held by Tehran. The terms meant that it could not be accessed by the Iranian government directly, and could only be used to meet humanitarian needs.
The money returned to the spotlight when Hamas, which is sponsored by Iran, launched its deadly attack.
Tehran’s history of support for the terrorist group made it ‘complicit’ in the slaughter, according to U.S. officials.
Trump was among those who claimed a link between the $6 billion and the assault.
‘Sadly, American taxpayer dollars helped fund these attacks, which many reports are saying came from the Biden Administration,’ he said.
An Israeli flag flies over body bags of more than 20 dead Hamas militants with the word ‘terrorist’ written in Hebrew, on a field at Kibbutz Be’eri, where dozens of civilians were killed. US officials say Iran’s history of support for Hamas make it ‘complicit’ in the slaughter
J.L. Partners polled 1,000 Americans from October 10 to 12 to gauge their views on Biden’s response to the slaughter in Israel. Only a quarter said he had done well
Republican House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, said: ‘The Biden Administration must be held accountable for its appeasement of these Hamas terrorists, including handing over billions of dollars to them and their Iranian backers.’
There is no way the money could have been used by Hamas. And other Republicans suggested it was a more the case that the deal last month could have emboldened Iran and its proxies.
But by Thursday, administration officials were briefing lawmakers that the money had been sealed off again.
Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo told House Democrats that Qatar had agreed to stop Iran from accessing the money, according to multiple reports.
The issue is one of the reasons only 25 percent of Americans approve of the way Biden has handled the Israel crisis.
Instead, some 37 percent said he had handled events badly according to our poll.
Biden is already under intense pressure for the way he reacted after Hamas terrorists rampaged across Israel last Saturday morning, murdering 1,200 people.
He said he only got up at 7:30am, hours after the slaughter began, and then hosted a barbecue on the following day.
On Monday, with Israel still reeling from the shock, the White House observed Columbus Day, telling journalists before lunchtime that the president would be holding no public events.
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