Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida proposed legislation on Tuesday to strengthen sanctions against Iran as the death toll rises and fighting intensifies between Israel and Hamas. Governor DeSantis made the announcement during a news conference at the Shul of Bal Harbour synagogue in Surfside, emphasizing the need for solidarity with Israel in the face of heinous attacks. He specifically highlighted Iran’s involvement in plotting the barbaric attack against Israel and expressed Florida’s unwavering support for the State of Israel against the Iranian terror state.
The governor’s proposed sanctions aim to broaden the industries on Florida’s scrutinized companies list and reinforce the state’s position on states that sponsor terror. A document issued by the governor’s office outlined the proposal, which aims to ensure that Florida does not engage in business with companies aligned with Iran or Hamas. Governor DeSantis stated that these sanctions would be the most robust among all 50 states, demonstrating Florida’s commitment to countering Iran’s actions.
During the event, Governor DeSantis was joined by members of the Florida Legislature and leaders in the Jewish community, including Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez. Lt. Gov. Nuñez affirmed the administration’s support for Israel and its people, denouncing countries that support terrorist groups like Hamas. She pledged to maintain and strengthen the special bond between Florida and Israel, emphasizing that it will remain unparalleled.
Governor DeSantis also criticized the federal government’s response to the attack and called on other states to follow Florida’s lead in condemning Iranian-backed terrorism. He highlighted Iran’s misuse of funds, stating that instead of improving the lives of its people, Iran channels its resources into funding terrorism in the Middle East and worldwide. The United States has imposed various restrictions on activities with Iran since 1979, following the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
In a show of solidarity with Israel, Governor DeSantis ordered flags to be flown at half-staff and for the Florida Capitol to be illuminated in blue and white every night through Friday. These acts symbolize Florida’s support for Israel during this challenging time.
As tensions continue to escalate between Israel and Hamas, Governor DeSantis’ proposed legislation and Florida’s unwavering support for Israel send a strong message against terrorism and reinforce the importance of standing together in times of crisis.