In response to the Palestinian terrorist strikes that claimed the lives of more than 1,300 Israelis over the weekend, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis demanded that Israel drop its defensive posture and fully eradicate the terrorist group.
In response to a question on what he thought Israel should do in Gaza, the Republican presidential candidate said what he did in an interview with Newsmax on Wednesday.
“I think the reason why we’ve gotten to this point is because for decades, Israel would respond to acts of terror, but they would be very careful to do it in ways that were considered ‘proportionate’ and that would not get them international condemnation because the minute they start doing anything, they’re always under the microscope. I think in this situation, we in America, we just got to stand with them. The goal should not be a ‘proportionate’ response, it should be the elimination of Hamas and the terrorist infrastructure that has grown up in Gaza.” DeSantis said.
DeSantis observed that since the 1940s, the neighboring Arab countries have sought to destroy Israel by all means available.
DESANTIS urges Israel to end Hamas:
"The goal should not be a 'proportionate response' — it should be the elimination of Hamas.” pic.twitter.com/5cpX4hNMrd
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) October 11, 2023
“So when you hear people like AOC, and you see some of that stuff complaining about Gaza, Israel doesn’t occupy Gaza; they pulled out a Gaza in 2005. You could have had the Palestinian Arabs there; they could have made something of that. It’s actually a pretty coastline. But instead, they basically elected Hamas to run, so they’ve chosen this course. And I just think Israel’s in a situation where their population has been decimated with terrorist attacks. And it just has to stop. This will be the final battle with Hamas.” DeSantis said.