Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is taking a strong stance against Iran, calling for state sanctions during an event held at a synagogue in Surfside. DeSantis emphasized the need to cut off financial support to the Iranian regime, stating, “We should use all available avenues to choke off money going to the Iranian regime.” He specifically urged the state Legislature to implement sanctions against Iran, demonstrating his unwavering support for Israel.
In support of DeSantis’ proposal, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis echoed the call for increased sanctions. Patronis emphasized the gravity of recent events, stating, “What has taken place this last week is just simply not acceptable, and so, the state of Florida will react in the ways we have available to us, and that’ll be economically.” He further explained that Florida has previously implemented investment sanctions on other countries and will ensure that the state does not invest in Iran. The possibility of divesting from companies doing business in Iran is also being considered.
While these proposed sanctions may have an impact due to Florida’s size, political science professor Kevin Wagner from Florida Atlantic University highlighted that the effect may not be as significant as a decision made by the entire United States. However, the move is seen as politically advantageous for Governor DeSantis, especially during election season. Political analyst Brian Crowley noted, “By going after Iran, he’s showing a lot of support for the Jewish community, which is not unexpected and something he should do. But this will only help him enormously politically because people will see he is on the right side of this issue, and that is going to be a big help for him.”
The proposal for increased Florida sanctions on Iran comes in the wake of Hamas’ attack on Israel, which has escalated tensions in the region. Governor DeSantis’ strong stance demonstrates the state’s commitment to supporting Israel and taking action against countries that contribute to terrorist funding. The governor’s call for sanctions is a clear message that the United States needs to address the issue seriously and take decisive action to hinder the flow of money to the Iranian regime.
As the proposal moves forward, legislative action and Cabinet-level decisions will be necessary to enact the sanctions. The state of Florida is determined to make its position known and send a loud and clear message that it will not tolerate actions that threaten the safety and security of its allies. With support from key figures in the state government and the backing of the Jewish community, Governor DeSantis’ call for increased sanctions on Iran is gaining momentum and could have far-reaching implications for the state’s economic and political landscape.