Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a slew of new proposed policies demonstrating his administration’s support for Israel during its conflict with Hamas terrorists.
At least 900 Israelis were slain and more than 2,000 were injured as a result of the unexpected attack by Hamas.
DeSantis made the announcement at a news conference held at the Florida synagogue Shul of Bal Harbour.
He linked Iran to the violence perpetrated by Hamas over the weekend and implored the administration of President Biden to take more severe action.
DeSantis’ new policies expand existing prohibitions on the operation of Iranian-owned enterprises in Florida.
“When Iran gets more money, they are not using it to make life better for the people of Iran. What they use it for is to fund terrorism throughout the Middle East and throughout the world. They send the money to Hezbollah, they send the money to Hamas, and that’s exactly what we’ve seen. And yes, Iran was involved in orchestrating this attack against Israel. We know that, it’s been reported. They deny it, but we’re smarter than that.” DeSantis said.
“We know that we have an opportunity to do something forceful that will make a difference in terms of the substance. But I think symbolically, but also important, and that is today our proposal that as we stand with Israel, we sanction Iran. And so we are going to roll out for the next legislative session a proposal to increase Florida sanctions on Iran and to block Iranian business in our state.” he continued.
Iran has a lengthy history of financing terrorism in Israel via Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in northern Israel.
Following Saturday’s violence, the Israeli military has already conducted more than a thousand airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza.
Israel has deployed tens of thousands of troops to the Gaza border, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hinted at an imminent ground invasion.