On Friday, May 14, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) gave out his opinion on the Biden administration’s inaction in supporting Israel when Hamas sent a shower of rockets to its cities over this week. 

“Where’s President Biden’s leadership? He’s more time negotiating to help Iran get towards a nuclear weapon, than to confront the problems of Hamas and Palestinians attacking Israel,” said Scalise, speaking after Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) was elected in place of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who was voted out this Wednesday, May 12.

During the same day, the White House informed that the U.S is working on de-escalating the conflict, which Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “a lot of the conversations we have may be behind the scenes.”

“Our focus remains on using every lever at our disposal to de-escalate the situation on the ground,” Psaki said, adding that humanitarian assistance from the U.S is being sent to Palestinians.

On Wednesday, when the conflict started to become a full-scale war, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and another 43 Republican Senators sent a letter to Biden, requesting him to reconsider his intention on relieving sanctions on the Iranian regime. It is known that Iran’s money sponsored the rockets from Palestinian terrorists. 

“Over the past couple days, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, who are funded by Iran, have launched a series of rocket attacks into Israel. They are targeting Israeli civilians and cities, including Israel’s capital Jerusalem,” the senators wrote. “This is troubling as members of your administration are currently in Vienna negotiating with Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.”

Yet, one day after the GOP’s urge, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken dismissed the Republican’s orientation about the Hamas-Israel conflict. He said the war only proved that a nuclear deal was an urgent move to curb such situations. 

“I don’t have anything to offer on whether or not there is Iranian involvement in what is taking place [in Gaza],” said Blinken. “But when it comes to any of the malign activities that Iran may or may not engage in… that only underscores the importance that we do everything we can to ensure that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon.”

However, a nuclear deal with Iran was reached before, and the outcome of the arrangement was not as desirable. In 2018, intelligence from Israel uncovered that Iran did not obey the nuclear deal and only lied to proceed on with their sinister effort, reported Breibart

“After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret files,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

That year, Israel gathered secret files that testified that “Iran lied about never having a secret nuclear program. Second, even after the deal it continued to expand its nuclear program for future use. Third, Iran lied by not coming clean to the IAEA. Finally, the nuclear deal is based on lies based on Iranian deception.”

While Iran demands Biden’s administration to remove ALL sanctions imposed on it, this background certainly will compromise confidence in positive outcomes from resuming the nuclear deal.