Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, made it clear that he does not believe the United States should accept refugees fleeing the Gaza Strip amid the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas. DeSantis expressed his stance at a recent presidential campaign event, saying, “You don’t fly people and import them into the United States of America.” He argued that the surrounding Arab states should take in the refugees instead.
DeSantis says US should not accept Gaza refugees: 'They're all antisemitic' https://t.co/WrebdLxT4K
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 15, 2023
DeSantis’s comments are likely to raise some eyebrows, especially considering his accusation that all citizens of Gaza are largely “antisemitic.” While Hamas is a recognized terrorist group, some Democrats and members of DeSantis’s own party have been careful not to equate all Palestinians with the extremist organization.
Interestingly, DeSantis’s comments also contradict the Israel Defense Forces’ stance on the matter. The Israeli army has come under scrutiny for urging civilians in northern Gaza to evacuate their homes in an effort to avoid civilian casualties during a potential invasion to eradicate Hamas. The IDF has emphasized their concern for the humanity of noncombatants and their desire to keep them out of harm’s way.
Despite the differing views, a majority of Americans (65%) believe that the U.S. government should publicly express its support for Israel as it defends itself against Hamas, according to a recent poll. Only 23% think the country should do nothing, while 8% think the U.S. should criticize Israel instead.
Governor DeSantis’s unwavering support for Israel and his call for a strong response against Hamas align with the sentiments of a majority of Americans. As Israel finds itself under attack, it is crucial for the U.S. to stand by its ally and ensure that Israel’s right to exist is upheld.