At a Senate hearing on Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that the attack by Hamas on Israel will spark the most major terror threat to the U.S. since the formation of ISIS over a decade ago.
Multiple foreign terrorist organizations have urged for strikes against Americans and the West.
With concerns that the Gaza war could radicalize a new generation of Jihadists, the director of the FBI has declared that Hamas is the greatest terror threat to the West since Islamic State.
According to three senior U.S. officials, the worldwide terrorism landscape has been rattled by the Hamas terror attack on Israel that killed almost 1,400 people, primarily civilians, and launched a new weeks-long conflict.
The act, the imagery associated with it, and Israel’s response are being used as a rallying cry by terrorist organizations like al-Qaida and the Islamic State to recruit new members and inspire strikes against the United States, according to officials.
During testimony before a U.S. Senate oversight committee on Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and NCTC Director Christine Abizaid shared the assessment, warning that the Hamas attack on Israel is giving foreign terror groups a sense of momentum at a time when the threat had seemed to be waning.
The Biden administration also expressed concern that the desperate humanitarian situation in Gaza was allowing Hamas and its allies to portray themselves as “saviors” in the territory.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the air raid on Gaza’s largest refugee camp was aimed at a senior Hamas commander, but the bombing killed dozens of civilians instead.
Wray claims that attacks on American bases abroad by militias supported by Iran have increased this month. He predicted that escalation of hostilities would lead to an increase in cyber attacks on the United States by Iran and other non-state actors.
This week, the White House voiced concern over reports of anti-Jewish events at American institutions, which have led to increased security measures on campus.