Rick Scott meets with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel

Scott Netanyahu via Israeli PM office
The Senator from Naples is standing by the embattled Israeli PM.

Amid a diplomatic divide between the Joe Biden administration and the Israeli government as the war with Hamas rages, a Florida Senator is practicing some diplomacy of his own.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem with U.S. Sen. Rick Scott. This was Scott’s first visit to the country since the Hamas attacks of Oct. 7. He last went in the Summer of 2023.

The PM “thanked him for visiting Jerusalem and for his unwavering support for the State of Israel, especially at this time,” per a post from the Israeli PM’s social media account on X.

Netanyahu framed Scott’s visit in light of the United States not vetoing a United Nations (UN) Security Council vote calling for a cease-fire in Gaza, which he said was “a very, very bad move.”

“The worst part about it was that it encouraged Hamas to take a hard line and to believe that international pressure will prevent Israel from freeing the hostages and destroying Hamas,” Netanyahu said.

The PM also addressed his decision not to send a diplomatic delegation to Washington, D.C., this week as planned.

“My decision not to send the delegation to Washington in the wake of that resolution was a message to Hamas: Don’t bet on this pressure, it’s not going to work. I hope they got the message.”

Scott has been a vocal opponent of the UN resolution.

“I will fight every dime to the UN. Biden and the UN might be too weak to stand up to Iran/Hamas, but I will never be afraid to stand with our greatest ally, Israel. The UN has a long record of siding with dictators and terrorists and our dollars should not fund its nonsense,” he posted to social media Tuesday.

On Monday, Scott posted that the White House was “abandoning Israel at the UN to appease the radical Left and get votes from Hamas-sympathizers.”

Scott has also condemned Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s opposition to Israel’s Rafah operation, blasting “continued threats to Israel as it fights against terrorism that wishes to end its existence” as “illegitimate coercion against our ally and the only democracy in the Middle East to appease radical Left Hamas sympathizers.”

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


  • Dont Say FLA

    March 27, 2024 at 11:29 am

    Was this visit, like Rhonda’s visit with BiBi, also for comic relief? Did BiBi laugh and joke “yeah some people might say I am genociding innocent people in the name of exerminating evil” like that one guy in the 1930s and 1940s did

  • rick whitaker

    March 27, 2024 at 11:52 am

    nutinyahoo and scott are both part of a dying theocratic movement where power freaks use religion to dominate people like the dems of florida or the palestinians of gaza.

  • MH/Duuuval

    March 28, 2024 at 10:39 am

    So, Rick wants partial credit for bombing Gaza into a beachfront rubble? Not to mention the 30K civilian deaths …

  • Ralph Parker

    March 29, 2024 at 12:22 pm

    173 days ago, Islamist terrorist launched a war against Israel murdering 1200 people wounding 4800 and kidnaping 246 men women children and elderly. 134 which remain in captivity today. This was done with a demonic savagery that when looked upon is sickening. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is defending his people, he has an obligation to do and a right to do it. I honor Senator Scott for standing with Israel.
    “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” (Psalm 122: 6-7)
    The People of Israel Live!

    • MH/Duuuval

      March 30, 2024 at 10:43 am

      Jerusalem is, and ought to be, an open city as it is holy to three monotheistic religions.

      The IDF’s réponse has been disproportionate and resulted in 30K civilian deaths, many children and most of the adults innocent.

      Collapsing multi-story buildings on families huddled within is quite demonic, and has resulted in worldwide revulsion — even as the Hamas rampage instigated this episode of Israel’s long campaign to push Palestinians out of their shared country. entirely.

      • Ralph Parker

        March 30, 2024 at 12:46 pm

        It would be wise not to take figures that originate with terrorist organization as fact. The claim for propaganda purposes is 30 thousand noncombatants. Ask what is the number of terrorist combatants rolled into this number? In fighting a terrorist army with no regard for any life, that fight behind a civilian population with the goal increasing and using the misery of their civilian population as a tool in the propaganda arm of their war aims. War aims as stated by them is to live not side by side with Israel but instead of Israel. Security to Israel will not come through an endless cycle of proportional wars but victory.

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