Ron DeSantis blasts Palestinians, Andrew Gillum at Israeli settlement

"There have been a lot of effort for peace — and they've been rejected."

GUSH ETZION — On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed traveling press at a West Bank disputed settlement.

Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan was on hand for an anti-BDS event, with the most interesting remarks from the Governor having to do with Palestinians and former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

In response to a question from the BBC, DeSantis noted that, “while we want to treat all Israelis equally,” he questioned whether the Palestinians even wanted their own state.

Adherents of BDS, short for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, describe it as “a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.”

They say “Israel is occupying and colonizing Palestinian land, discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel and denying Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, the BDS call urges action to pressure Israel to comply with international law.”

Opponents say it’s “an obstacle to peace,” adding that the BDS movement “does not recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state. Its leaders ignore the complexity of Israel’s reality and fail to offer a reasonable path forward in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

“The one constant throughout the modern history of the Middle East and the State of Israel is that Palestinian Arabs always wanted to get rid of the Jewish state more than they wanted their own state,” the Governor said.

“I don’t think that’s really changed. I think there has been a lot of effort for peace — and they’ve been rejected,” DeSantis added.

“If you do not respect Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, you are the impediment to peace.”

DeSantis also recounted his theory that his general election opponent ran away from his primary support of BDS ahead of November.

“He knew that if he was tagged as pro-BDS, your chance of winning in Florida declines dramatically,” DeSantis said.

“We had a blue wave throughout the country. I’m in the nation’s toughest swing state. When you have a wave against you,” DeSantis said, “you expect to get washed out.”

Gillum lost his election for a number of reasons, but DeSantis clearly believes his support of BDS was one of them.

We are reaching out to Gillum’s representatives for a response on Wednesday morning.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Amy Roberts

    May 29, 2019 at 8:23 am

    This trip is about this Governor’s Future political aspirations all on the taxpayers dime, nothing more.

  • Frankie Jude

    May 29, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    A governor of Florida in an illegal settlement on Palestinian land. It’s seriously getting harder to believe Zionists when they say they don’t control everything.

    • Felix Rabinovich

      May 30, 2019 at 3:27 am

      We *do* control everything. Hopefully, it’s much easier for you to believe that!

  • enhancedvibes

    May 30, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    As a Jew living in Florida, DeSantis can go suck it. Going to a foreign nation and disparaging your political opponents is tacky. Further, unquestioned support for Israel in the United States is stronger among conservatives, especially evangelicals, and it is not because they support and respect the Jewish people, but because they believe in the biblical end times. DeSantis is only doing this trip in order to court the Jewish Floridian vote for the 2020 presidential election, but Americans Jews deplore Trump. In no way, will Florida Jews be voting for Trump with any significance.

    There are more christian zionists in the US than there are jewish zionists in the entire world.

  • Ed Rukab

    May 30, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Governor Brownnose😠😡

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