Rick Scott meets with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel

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The Senator also visited the Western Wall, where he prayed for Floridians to be spared this hurricane season.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is visiting America’s longest ally in the Middle East this week.

The Florida Senator has been in Israel, where he met with leaders and signaled his support for the country amid its recent offensive against what he calls “Hamas terrorists” in the West Bank town of Jenin.

“I had the great honor to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, government officials and members of the U.S. military to discuss our work together to advance our shared national security and economic interests, and reinforce our commitment to promote and protect America’s valuable relationships with our partners across the Middle East,” Scott said.

This isn’t the Senator’s first meeting with Netanyahu, a durable leader of the country who has met with American politicians on dozens of occasions over his years in power.

Scott also “met with members of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and National Search and Rescue Unit to thank them for their efforts in Surfside and got briefed on the recent attacks against the Israeli people.”

As he has done previously, the Senator condemned the latest attacks by Palestinian insurgents.

“These attacks from Hamas terrorists in Jenin are for one purpose: to harm and kill innocent Israelis. The IDF is countering these terror activities daily to stop attacks. The acts of these vicious Hamas killers show how important American support of Israel is in the fight against terror, and underscore the critical need for advanced weapons systems like Israel’s Iron Dome.”

The Associated Press reports that hundreds of IDF forces were deployed in an offensive that ended Wednesday, an onslaught Palestinian authorities say has caused eight deaths and wounded dozens of others.

The IDF attributes “56 shooting attacks” to people from that camp, justifying its incursion.

In addition to signaling support for Israel’s domestic enforcement mission, Scott also made another pilgrimage to the Western Wall.

“I also had the privilege to visit a truly holy place and pray at the Western Wall for the safety of Florida families and businesses as we enter into the 2023 Hurricane Season. I also prayed for those affected by the tragic collapse of a condo building in Surfside, Florida, two years ago, which especially affected our Jewish community, wishing them peace and closure for the loss of their loved ones,” Scott asserted.

A.G. Gancarski

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

One comment

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 5, 2023 at 11:49 am

    Didn’t Rhonda meet with him on the Rhonda World Campaign Tour Brought to You by the State of Florida not too long ago?

    Seems like anybody that wants to meet with Benji gets to meet with Benji, no matter how irrelevant they might be on the world stage.

    One can infer” you pay a fee, you meet Ben, gee.” Yippee. I wonder how much KC and the Never Bend Over Band paid for Rhonda to meet Benji on top of Florida taxpayers footing the travel bill? Or did State of Florida pay the “Meet Benji” fee?

    We’ll never know, at least not until the next Democrat Governor of Florida releases the Rhonda Campaign’s finances.

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