Ron DeSantis told Floridians trapped in Israel that help is on the way (News21USA): Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken decisive action to assist Sunshine State residents currently stuck in Israel amidst the ongoing conflict with the Hamas terror group. DeSantis made a resolute promise not to abandon Florida residents in need. He emphasized that help is on the way for the many Floridians seeking to return home from Israel.
In an executive order signed by the 45-year-old governor, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has been authorized to execute logistical, rescue, and evacuation operations, ensuring the safety of Florida’s residents in Israel. As part of this crucial initiative, FDEM is actively coordinating chartered flights to repatriate Floridians currently in Israel. Furthermore, efforts are underway to transport essential supplies to those affected.
Governor DeSantis has also mobilized Florida’s National Guard and State Guard to provide assistance as required. The situation in Israel has led to major airlines, such as American, Delta, and United, suspending flights to and from the region due to Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza and Israeli counterstrikes.
The conflict has unfortunately resulted in casualties, with at least 27 Americans losing their lives, and 14 others reported missing, according to the Biden administration. More than 20,000 Americans, including Floridians, are currently in Israel and eager to return home, but they face significant challenges in doing so.
Governor DeSantis expressed his dissatisfaction with the response of the Biden Administration, highlighting its failure to launch any form of rescue or evacuation operations for Americans, including Floridians, who find themselves stranded in the region. This has prompted the state of Florida to take matters into its own hands, with Governor DeSantis’s executive order remaining in effect for 60 days.
DeSantis, a staunch supporter of Israel, reiterated the importance of U.S. support as the nation confronts the terrorist threat. In recent developments, he proposed a comprehensive set of new sanctions targeting Iran, which provides backing to Hamas. He emphasized that Florida has been the primary destination for in-migration, particularly among Orthodox Jews, during his tenure as governor. DeSantis called for a unified approach among states and the federal government to exert greater pressure on Iran and address the complex issues at hand.
Floridians stranded in Israel can seek assistance by visiting www.floridadisaster.org/israel. The governor’s actions reflect his commitment to the safety and well-being of Florida residents affected by the conflict in Israel.