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Ron DeSantis not concerned about Benjamin Netanyahu being damaged goods

Time and place of the meeting not yet released.

A small matter like a Knesset dissolution didn’t stop Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from meeting with the Florida Governor.

Ron DeSantis met with the Prime Minister on Thursday evening in Jerusalem, just hours after the ruling body voted to dissolve, setting up a snap September election.

That election is just weeks before pre-trial hearings on corruption charges against Netanyahu.

The Netanyahu meeting was a high priority for DeSantis, who has branded himself as “the most pro-Israel Governor in the country.”

The meeting was the capstone of the Florida trade delegation visit to Israel, which started Sunday and ends Thursday.

However, with existential questions about Netanyahu’s future (he faces a corruption trial soon after the September election), we wondered if the Governor was worried that he had bet too aggressively on the Likud horse.

He was not.

“He won what was considered to be a real strong victory, given [the dynamics] of Israeli politics,” DeSantis said.

“I think that the fact that didn’t happen was based on one individual. I’m not a prognosticator, but most voters are going to vote the same way. They just need to work out the coalition,” DeSantis said.

“It does make me appreciate America having a winner takes all system, not proportional representation, not parliamentary,” DeSantis added. “It’s cleaner.”

“They’ve never had this second election. To go to a third would be unprecedented,” DeSantis said.

But if Netanyahu lost?

“I’ll work with whoever’s there. From the perspective of Israel, they need allies,” DeSantis said.

However, DeSantis stuck to Likud, Netanyahu’s political party, this trip, and did not reach out to any of Netanyahu’s opponents.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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