Ron DeSantis says Gaza civilian casualties are ‘Hamas’ fault’

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'It is not Israel's fault if they are killed.'

Ron DeSantis is offering an unambiguous take on the Israel-Hamas war and civilian casualties on the Gaza Strip.

“Israel is telling people in the Gaza Strip to leave the areas that they’re telling them they’re going to go in and conduct operations on,” DeSantis said Saturday. “Hamas is telling those people to stay so that they’re used as human shields.”

“That is Hamas’ fault if they’re killed,” he added. “It is not Israel’s fault if they are killed.”

DeSantis made the comments during a town hall event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which was hosted by his supportive Never Back Down super PAC.

The Governor, who made seven stops in Iowa on Saturday, has made a strong defense of the Israeli position central to those remarks. As he had already said on Saturday, he told Council Bluffs supporters that he did not want people from Gaza brought to this country, and drew parallels between security gaps at the Mexican border and issues in the Middle East.

CNN reports a total of 29 confirmed American deaths in the wake of Hamas’ attacks last weekend and the subsequent Israeli response, with 16 American citizens and residents still missing.

Meanwhile, 1,300 Israelis are confirmed dead, with 150 more taken hostage by Hamas. And 2,000 Palestinians have also perished since Hamas escalated hostilities with their attacks on Israeli civilians earlier this month.

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


  • Earl Pitts "The Earl Of Politics" American

    October 14, 2023 at 6:50 pm

    Good evenimg Patriots and Dook 4 Brains Lefty’s.
    If The Ronald says it its 100% True Word.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 15, 2023 at 6:56 am

      warning another troll comment from that fool earl

  • My Take

    October 14, 2023 at 6:56 pm

    What a vermin.
    Lìke an oft-quòted Catholic troop commander of old about to attack a city : “Kill all! Kill all! God will know His own!”

  • My Take

    October 14, 2023 at 7:03 pm

    Israelis are reportedly blood-lusting for revenge.
    They are a bit prone to that.
    Too Old Testament.
    Like many conservatives.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 15, 2023 at 7:01 am

      christians can’t handle any competition so they kill people to avoid the competition, how godly of them. zionist are similar. theft and murder are there cleansing tools.

  • Robin Smith

    October 14, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    Where exactly was he speaking…an event? VFW by the looks of it.

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 15, 2023 at 4:58 am

    Omg. It SCARES me the bs Desantis is spreading! Desantis does not give a damn. THERE ARE NO WAR INNOCENTS! We as humans have raped murderer captured killed in BLAME GAME! Omg

  • My Take

    October 15, 2023 at 7:47 am

    I had it just as an idle crazy idea for these deranged times.
    But it just was announced.
    Israel claimes to have found thè “PROTOCOL” of Hamas!!
    That’s the actual word used.
    Could the title be, Protocols of the Learned Eldeŕs of Hamas?
    What next, the Blood Libel?

  • rasta

    October 15, 2023 at 9:06 am

    Geeze. First, some Jews decided to create Israel by seizing Palestine’s land and resources and killing hundreds of thousands of residents, then after more wars, Israel decided to allow some of those who survived to live in two camps including Gaza. Next, some of the unhappy refugees banded together to attack Israel, some not all, mind you. After that, Israel ordered a million or so refugees to leave North Gaza, without anyplace to go and with no food, water or fuel. Now, Israel is going to level Gaza and kill as many people as possible. Heartless Rona is a big cheerleader for this genocide and doesn’t even think that any of these poor refugees should be allowed in our Country even if they are anti-Hamas. Lovely. WTF

    • MH/Duuuval

      October 16, 2023 at 2:51 pm

      Ras: Check out the Balfour Declaration.

  • My Take

    October 15, 2023 at 11:12 am

    People forget that it was Zionist terrorist groups that helpèd create and shape Israel. Irgun and Sfern Gamgs and others. Irģun I believe became Likud, Netanyahoo’s party.

    Peoplè also forget that Israel helped support and buiĺd Hamas., as a counter to the Palastinian Authority

  • MH/Duuuval

    October 16, 2023 at 10:47 am

    Let’s recall, for a moment, how Bush&Cheney took the US into wars on two fronts. Which many of us did not support.

    And how there was the occasional(!) collateral damage.

    In short, there are many sheep to be shorn by the violent, unscrupulous, and arrogant among us.

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