Hamas is going to detain American hostages because of the premium they command for negotiations and the Biden administration is to blame for that, retired Brig. Gen. Blaine Holt told Newsmax on Wednesday.
"You've got an administration that when they finally kicked and screamed and got their way and got this cease-fire — and we certainly don't begrudge one hostage coming out; that's wonderful news — but when they got their way, they didn't place American hostages in any kind of priority ... So for all their efforts we still have American hostages held down," Holt told Newsmax's "American Agenda."
"The reason is because not a month and a half ago we set a precedent with Iran by paying $1.2 billion a person. This is all an Iranian-led op from the get-go, and nobody should ... shy away from that fact.
"What Hamas is going to do for their survival is they're very likely to hold on to the Americans for as long as they can because of the premium that they command in terms of negotiable leverage. And they know that the order is out for their necks, that they're going to be done, so says Israel. So what better way to prolong Hamas is alive and survive if you've got Americans to negotiate with for when we just proved what the going rate would be," he added.
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