According to information reportedly provided by his office on Tuesday, Florida Governor and probable Republican presidential contender Ron DeSantis will go to Israel in the upcoming month.
His office has announced that Desantis will be heading a trade delegation from Florida and speaking at a gala event that will take place on April 27th in the capital of Israel.
The event will be hosted by The Jerusalem Post and the Museum of Tolerance.
Since Benjamin Netanyahu returned to the premiership three months ago, relations have been rocky to say the least.
This was evidenced by the United States summoning Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Mike Herzog, to the State Department after the Knesset passed legislation allowing the resettlement of areas in the northern West Bank that had been evacuated by Israel in 2005.
DeSantis has long been one of the Republican Party’s most outspoken supporters of Israel, concentrating his criticism of Middle East leaders on the Palestinians.
In his new book, he says that he helped build the framework for former US President Donald Trump’s 2018 decision to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and he contends that the West Bank is “disputed” territory rather than “occupied.”
The trip may end up serving as an important segue for the Republican Governor as he transitions from governing Florida to beginning an official campaign for the Presidency, something that many observers believe will take place this summer.