Lori Berman to introduce resolution stating that Florida stands with Israel
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 1/4/23-Sen. Lori Berman, D-Boynton Beach, speaks during the Agriculture Committee, Wednesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

The measure from the Palm Beach County Democratic Senator is the first of 3 resolutions allowing the Legislature to express support for Israel.

Sen. Lori Berman’s scuttled plans last month to be in Israel celebrating the Promised Land’s 75th anniversary as a modern state have propelled her onto center stage as the Legislature convenes for a Special Session.

Her Oct. 15 trip was canceled as after a surprise Hamas attack on Oct. 7 left more than 1,400 civilians, mostly Jewish people, dead. Now, she’s making the case for Florida to stand with Israel amid its war with Hamas as the Legislature’s Special Session opens.

The Palm Beach County Democrat is introducing a resolution (SR 8-C) that Florida stands with Israel at Monday’s Senate Rules Committee hearing.

“My parents and grandparents had to worry about pogroms and the Holocaust — and no one came to their aid when those things happened,” said Berman, whose ancestors hail from Russia and Hungary. “And I fear that we are entering into a new era where attacks against us are seen as okay.”

“I want the world to understand that now is the time to speak up against these kinds of actions, so we don’t have Holocaust-like, pogrom-like actions happening throughout the world,” she added.

Hers will be the first of three such resolutions to make it to the committee floor. Her fellow Palm Beach delegation member, Democratic Rep. Katherine Waldron, has filed a similar measurel (HR 9-C). And Brevard County Republican Rep. Randy Fine has filed one (HR 11-C) that expresses support for Israel and condemns Hamas and antisemitism.

Berman said she started writing hers immediately after she canceled her trip, which she planned to take with the South Palm Beach County Jewish Federation.

Berman’s resolution calls for “the immediate end of support, direct or indirect, for Hamas, the Iranian regime and Hezbollah and any other entity that publicly supports these attacks and other terrorist activities.”

“In society, we have lost our way if we think it’s okay to behead people and rape women and parade them in the street and kidnap babies,” Berman said. “I think words matter. And we in the Florida Legislature need to show that we do not accept that kind of behavior.”

Last month would have been her seventh trip to Israel, where she also has relatives living.

When she goes there, she said, “I feel so proud to see this strong, vibrant country with such a high-tech economy. It’s a true miracle. … To think that only 75 years ago it was basically desert and now it’s a thriving country.”

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • My Take

    November 6, 2023 at 11:46 am

    At BEST, panderers.
    At worst, sign of fealty and vassalage.
    (I wonder what the Mafia uses?)
    “Stands with” — largely becoming a trite empty phrase.

    • Julia

      November 6, 2023 at 1:50 pm

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  • My Takeebentruè

    November 6, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Viewing històry of èarlier wars, and especially their beginnings and early times . . .
    I wonder how maný of the horror tales, and especially their details, will ever turn out to be confirmed or are even true ?
    Horrors by Hamas AND by the IDF.
    Were the highly publicized German horrors in Belgiùm in WW1 evèr confirmed? Maybe so.

  • It's Complicated

    November 6, 2023 at 2:10 pm

    There are few things I agree with Sen. Berman on, but she’s not wrong about raising concerns about rising antisemitism in the USA. It progresses in degrees. It starts when the government and the criminal justice system begin to ‘look the other way,’ to a ‘wink and a nod’ type of tacit approval, to open approval and verbal support, to the government itself dedicating resources to advance the cause. We already have elements in the state-run and private higher education systems openly teaching anti-Israel viewpoints, coupled with the blurring of the lines between the actions of the State of Israel and the collective view of Jewish people, worldwide. It’s hard to imagine the U.S. government being in open support of antisemitism, but honestly – NOTHING should surprise us these days.

    • My Take

      November 6, 2023 at 2:24 pm

      not wrong about raising concerns about rising antisemitism in the USA
      Totally agree

    • My Take

      November 6, 2023 at 2:41 pm

      blurring of the lines between the actions of the State of Israel and the collective view of Jewish people, worldwide
      . . . or even in Israel itself.
      Ģlance at Haaratz.

  • Rick Whitaker

    November 6, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    when any group declares they are god’s chosen people, or that you must accept jesus, you are going to have blow back. religion is the cause of a lot of suffering in the world. thank mother nature that my family is free from the hold of religious cults.

    • My Take

      November 6, 2023 at 3:21 pm

      And especially watch òut if they are self-announced “God’s Chòsen Warrior.”

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