Washington, D.C.  Today, Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) released the following statement on the attack on the ongoing counterterrorism efforts by Israel against Hamas.

“Israel is fully justified to pursue terrorists in Gaza to defend its own national security, deter further rocket and missile strikes and incursions into its borders, and bring to justice those who have carried out these brutal and murderous attacks against innocent Israeli civilians. As Israel takes needed action over the next weeks and perhaps months to root out terrorists in Gaza, the United States and the entire civilized world must stand resolute in support of Israel to defeat the perpetrators of this bloodbath. Hamas and the cowardly mullahs in Tehran who support them can never be given the incentive to repeat these atrocities ever again.

Additionally, as details emerge about the extent to which Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp helped to plan and finance the multi-front attack against Israel by Hamas terrorists, leaving over 1,300 Israelis and 25 Americans confirmed dead so far, it is imperative that Congress work to claw back the $6 billion recently unfrozen by the Biden Treasury Department as part of a hostage deal with Iran. Weakness invites aggression and the Biden policy of appeasing Iran, pursuing sanctions relief and releasing Iranian assets frozen by the Trump Treasury Department has proven to be a catalyst for terrorism and an incentive for hostage taking.”