Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the U.S. should not hold Israel back from seeking vengeance and added that he believes Biden is doing just that.
In an interview on Monday with Newsmax’s Eric Bolling, the Republican governor said he thinks that Biden is pressuring Israel behind the scenes to not launch a ground offensive to “eliminate” Hamas.
He added that Biden is, in turn, getting pressure from radical Democrats who oppose Israel.
“Publicly, he’s saying Israel can defend itself. But I think privately they are trying to hold it up,” said DeSantis.
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Consider Biden’s comment from the past two days, as posted on X (formerly Twitter).
Biden argued that the U.S. “remains committed to ensuring that civilians in Gaza will continue to have access to food, water, medical care, and other assistance, without diversion by Hamas.”
“We must come together and reject Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry and hatred. I have said repeatedly that I will not be silent in the face of hate. We must be unequivocal: There is no place in America for hate against anyone,” he added.
In a third comment, Biden said he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu and affirmed that Israel may defend itself, but that Israel also must ensure “there will now be a continued flow of this critical [humanitarian] aid to Palestinians in need.”
In response, DeSantis told Bolling, “The problem with that is when you have somebody on your border that wants to massacre your citizens and your country, and drive all the Jews into the sea, you can’t just do a glancing blow because then they’re going to recover, and then they’re going to do it again.”
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“You really have to just eliminate the problem, and that doesn’t require the United States to have, like, our troops involved. Israel’s got a military, they’re strong. They will be able to do it.”
“But it does require that we step up in both word and deed (and) support their right to defend themselves because this isn’t just some random skirmish,” DeSantis continued. “They’re fighting for their existence against people that would like to see a second Holocaust.”
“We just need to be supportive of them publicly,” DeSantis said. “I think privately we say, ‘Do what you gotta do.’”
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