The death toll is mounting among Palestinian “protesters” storming the fence at the Israel-Gaza border:

And Ben Rhodes is absolutely horrified:

It is horrifying, Ben. You know why? Because Hamas is sending these protesters to the fence in the hopes that they die and add even more fuel to the anti-Israel fire. And because Iran is reportedly bankrolling this bloodbath:

More from the Times of Israel:

Iran is funding Hamas’s campaign to promote violence and attacks against Israel under the cover of mass demonstrations at the border, the Shin Bet security service said on Monday.

“From the information we have, it appears Hamas is encouraging and sending protesters to the border fence in order to carry out violent acts and damage security infrastructure. In addition, it was found that Iran is providing funding to Hamas in order for it to carry out these violent activities along the Gaza Strip’s border fence,” the Shin Bet said.

The security service did not provide specific evidence of Iranian involvement. However, Hamas has maintained relations with the Islamic Republic and reportedly drawn significant funding from Tehran.

He certainly should be.