Gov. DeSantis to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel
Are Benjamin Netanyahu's days numbered as a politician?

The Prime Minister said 'It's my job' when asked Sunday.

“America’s Governor” and Israel’s Prime Minister are slated to meet again this month in Israel.

On Face the Nation Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Gov. Ron DeSantis would get an audience with him for the first time since the last Florida trade delegation to Israel in 2019.

“It’s my job,” he said Sunday morning.

“I’m not avoiding the question,” he told Margaret Brennan. “I’d meet with every American representative, governor, senator, members of Congress.”

Netanyahu added that it was “important for Israel’s bipartisan support in the United States” and that he would meet with “Democratic governors and Republican governors.”

Back in 2019, DeSantis called the Israeli Prime Minister, whose leadership position was in flux given coalition challenges at the time,  “a great friend of Florida” and “ a model of strong leadership for Israel throughout the course of his tenure in public service.”

While Florida Politics won’t be on this upcoming trip to Israel, we were there in 2019 when the Governor and the state delegation, which included the then-bipartisan candidate and legislators from both parties, gamely worked to get an audience with PM Netanyahu.

As a measure of the Governor’s commitment to that meeting, he did not meet with opposition parties, and he shook off concerns about Netanyahu’s leadership position when we asked him directly.

“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.”

However, DeSantis added that he would “work with whoever’s there. From the perspective of Israel, they need allies.”

The Israel trip, part of a four-country itinerary, will include remarks at the Jerusalem Post and Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem ‘Celebrate the Faces of Israel‘ event on April 27.

The Governor will speak to a crowd of 400, including 120 “philanthropists,” in a visit that is timely given his expected run for President in 2024. He will, per the Jerusalem Post, “speak about the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, especially in difficult times.”

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


  • TJC

    April 23, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    Yeah, that’s our Ronny Boy, off to foreign lands, taking care of his political ambition to become the GOP presidential nominee while the record high and still rising home and auto insurance rates in Florida are emptying our wallets. Taking care of his future, not ours.

  • tom palmer

    April 23, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    One authoritarian meets with another. Imagine that.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 23, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    Who is paying for Rhonda to fly his Panties to Israel? Fleur D’uh tax payers, right? He made up some excuse to go see how something’s done in Israel? Will he be observing the gender confirming genital mutilation commonly referred to as circumcision, perhaps? If so, doesn’t that really make this trip state sponsored s3x tourism? If it quacks like an eel….

  • LSD Adelbert 👍

    April 23, 2023 at 7:05 pm

    Conservatives pretend to care about Israel and the Jews because they’re in the Bible and they have a problem with Muslims too. But if they find out that a Jew is left leaning (Soros etc) then out comes the anti-semitic conspiracy theories and other anti-semitism. That’s how that works.

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