Iran’s attack on Israel spurs response from Florida politicians
A student stands over in an emptied Turlington Plaza Monday night, Oct. 9, 2023 after a scare caused hundreds of students to run from a candle vigil supporting Israel following the Hamas attacks. (Augustus Hoff/WUFT News)

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'We’re looking at the most dangerous Middle East moment since 1973.'

A peaceful Saturday in the Sunshine State was interrupted by news of Israel being attacked by Iranian drones, with two legislators in the House offering arguably the most diametric difference in reactions that were first among Florida politicians.

Whoever hurts us, we will hurt them.” Go get ’em, Bibi. #BombsAway,” posted Rep. Randy Fine, a Brevard County elected who is the only Jewish Republican in the Legislature.

Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Anna V. Eskamani, a Winter Park legislator with Iranian ancestry, offered a more muted reaction.

“This is incredibly scary. Praying for the safety of innocent people and advocating for immediate de-escalation and ceasefire. We do not need more wars. Period.”

While Fine and Eskamani have a very personal connection to the conflict in the Middle East, they are by no means alone in reacting, with federal officials weighing in as well in the moments after media confirmed tensions had reached a new and dangerous phase with much uncertainty ahead for regional actors and the United States alike.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, who was recently in Israel, offered a take laying blame on President Joe Biden.

“Israel is once again under attack and the United States must clearly and strongly stand with our great ally and fully support its right and obligation to defend itself by any means necessary,” Scott asserted.

“Today, I am praying for the safety of the Israeli people and call on every Republican and Democrat to stand unequivocally with Israel as it fights for its very existence against evil terrorism. Again and again, Democrats have blocked the passage of aid for Israel. The House has passed a good bill that is ready for Senate passage right now. I urge Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to immediately put the House-passed clean Israel aid bill on the floor, as well as my Stop Taxpayer Funding of Hamas Act, the moment we return to Washington on Monday. Nothing before the Senate is more important and I will do everything in my power to make sure that vote happens.”

The Senator blamed the White House for having “emboldened Iran with appeasement, freeing billions of dollars to fuel Iran’s support of terrorism and turning its back on Israel.”

Sen. Marco Rubio was terser in his initial response, but clear in his meaning.

“We’re looking at the most dangerous Middle East moment since 1973,” the Senator said.

Rubio offered a second chilling statement soon thereafter: “The attack on #Israel by the regime in Iran is going to be more extensive than initially expected.”

Other Congressional Republicans railed at the executive branch also, with one calling for direct American intervention.

Rep. Carlos Gimenez said on social media that “Biden’s weakness and appeasement of #Iran has invited these reckless terrorist attacks. The U.S. must intercept these drones and deter further strikes from Iran.”

“Weakness invites aggression,” the Miami Republican said on a cable news hit.

Rep. Cory Mills offered his own assessment, affirming a previous President.

“President Trump implemented one of the strongest peace deals in Middle East under the Abraham Accords. Israel was safe, our allies supported, and adversaries in fear. Under Biden, Israel suffered a horrendous attack on Oct 7th, American and Israelis are being held hostage, Houthi rebels delisted from terrorist designation, billions in fungible assets unfrozen, oil sanctions relaxed given ayatollah and regime billions to arm militias, 150+ attacks in Iraq, and China threatening Taiwan. November can’t come fast enough as Biden is driving us towards WWIII. The US and the world needs Pres. Trump  Prayers for all in harm’s way tonight.

“Biden’s weakness has given billions to Iran to launch attacks on US Soldiers and now Israel. All their military capability should be destroyed and severe economic sanctions put back in place. The Iranians were broke when Trump left office and now they are enriched, empowered and emboldened. Israel should respond militarily as they see appropriate and finish cleaning Hamas out of Gaza,” opined Rep. Greg Steube.

“Reminder: the Biden administration refused to push for a renewal of UN sanctions on Iranian drones and missiles. Now they are heading towards Israel,” asserted Rep. Mike Waltz, a Central Florida Republican.

“President Biden should be on the White House lawn RIGHT NOW saying ‘Israel, America has your back!” Our allies and enemies need to hear it. I pray they do. I fear they won’t,’ Waltz added.

Democrats lauded Biden’s resolute response, meanwhile.

“President Biden warned Iran not to escalate its terrorism against Israel. He’s shown his ironclad support for Israel and committed to defend its people from Iranian attacks. I stand with Israel and thank our Commander-In-Chief for backing up words with action to counter malign threats in the Middle East,” asserted Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

State officials also had their say.

“Florida 1000% stand with the people of Israel. The enemies they face are barbarians. I pray for Israel and Jews all across Florida and our nation,” said CFO Jimmy Patronis.

Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson added “while the POTUS has been more focused on appeasing our enemies and courting ignorant college protesters in some twisted scheme to secure electoral votes, Israel has been standing on the front lines to prevent WW3. May God have mercy and keep our Jewish brothers and sisters safe.”

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


  • Impeach Biden

    April 13, 2024 at 6:26 pm

    Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is an idiot. She has very little support outside District 25.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 13, 2024 at 6:35 pm

      She keeps getting elected, so the majority of her voters seem satisfied. Voters outside her district don’t count at election time except to donate money or not.

      I’d say you would hard-pressed to name one female Democrat you respect.

      • Impeach Biden

        April 13, 2024 at 7:23 pm

        I don’t discriminate between males and females. Let’s get a
        Geography lesson from Hank Johnson shall we?

        • MH/Duuuval

          April 13, 2024 at 9:14 pm

          You seem to be more interested in the female politicians’ sex lives than their political lives.

          • Impeach Biden

            April 14, 2024 at 9:41 am

            That’s your counter? Hilarious. How about some Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler for ya? Two more boobs.

          • MH/Duuuval

            April 14, 2024 at 9:49 am

            Peachy invariably slanders VP Harris — wait for it.

          • Impeach Biden

            April 14, 2024 at 10:11 am

            I don’t have to say anything slanderous about Ka Mana. She does it to herself every time she speaks. You are cracking me up this morning.

          • rick whitaker

            April 14, 2024 at 7:56 pm

            MH, that impeach biden clown is about as bad as i have ever seen with the over use of what – about – isms. that is a clear sign of ignorance. i wonder if he is aware of that. no, he’s probably too ignorant to know about the ignorance of what – about – isms.

          • Impeach Biden

            April 14, 2024 at 9:14 pm

            To the angry slum lord from Tennessee. Read all of your comments on this thread. You come across as an angry, bitter, old man that thinks he knows everything. Psssst. You don’t know crap.

          • Impeach Biden

            April 14, 2024 at 10:08 pm

            Funny how the scrubbers here allow this yahoo from Tennessee continue with his personal attacks but when counters are launched on him they are scrubbed. I’m guessing the Tennessee slum lord is crying to the moderator. Weak!

        • MH/Duuuval

          April 14, 2024 at 2:31 pm

          I get it: Maria Butina is your model — loves firearms and Putin, and she’s out of jail and back in Russia.

        • rick whitaker

          April 15, 2024 at 5:09 am

          IM, i have never complained about your inane, crass, and ludicrous comments about me. you get everything wrong or backwards, you have little knowledge of the subjects you comment on and you are about as contrarian as they come. but i attribute that to the fact that you have never had someone like me take you under his wing and school you on the things you have no clue of. anyway, i haven’t complained. i guess the moderator thought you were judging me unfairly like you always do. i don’t mind. guys like you with fear and ignorance make guys like me look good. thanks for making me look good.

        • rick whitaker

          April 15, 2024 at 5:45 am

          IM, what’s this infatuation you have with hank johnson, are you gay? that’s alright if you are. i won’t judge you for being gay like i do for being always wrong about almost everything.


        April 13, 2024 at 8:09 pm

        Good Evening America,
        DWS’s voters are “Whats Wrong With America” and will have to explain themselves at “The Pearly Gates”.
        Good luck “Pleading to St. Peter” to “Let Y’all In”.
        Earl Pitts “Stands With Isreal” American
        *Queue Extra Loud Patriotic Music to Futther Whizz-Off DWS’s Dook 4 Brains Leftist Voters*

        • MH/Duuuval

          April 14, 2024 at 10:07 am

          There’s a job for you, sphincter man, at the JSO. They need an idiot to observe public strip searches and shout out if the victim is clenching or not.

        • rick whitaker

          April 15, 2024 at 5:17 am

          EARL ,there you go again with that christian lameness in your not so funny comments. if you only knew how you appear to others, you’d commit hari kari. earl, don’t you have any friends or anything productive to do all day. after all you are at the end of your life and you have nothing to show for it as far as good deeds go. you are a foul person.


    April 13, 2024 at 9:14 pm

    Good evening America,
    I, Earl Pitts American, have just given 8arak 0bama, The Man Behind The Curtian, my Sage Permission to melt each and every grain of sand in Iran into a Solid Sheet Of Glass from Boarder To Boarder within the “Bond Villian” “Rouge Nation of Iran”.
    Thank you Sage Patriots,
    Earl Pitts American

    • rick whitaker

      April 14, 2024 at 8:00 pm

      earl, sphincter man, why don’t you go to iran and start talking about sphincter this and sphincter that. i’m sure the iranians would have a special feeling for you. sphincter man earl, is shits an iranianian name?

  • Andrew Finn

    April 13, 2024 at 10:07 pm

    Maybe now, just maybe, Iran has finally run up against someone who will end them once and for all to the joy of most of the rest of the world. Netanyahu is a leader who will actually do what he says he will do, unlike our leader, who tells them “don’t” and expects them to listen. You can say what you want about old Harry Truman, but at least he had the guts back in 1945 to pull the trigger and get the job done. Netanyahu has that kind of guts. Let’s hope he shows them. —— Go Bibi Go !!!!!!

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 14, 2024 at 9:53 am

      Israel has nuclear weapons and Iran is closing in. Something to think about.

    • rick whitaker

      April 14, 2024 at 8:58 pm

      ANDREW FINN, so you think that having ” guts ” is killing large numbers of people. so, go bibi go, means kill more people faster. andrew, you are a fine man that loves guts. you sound like a horror to me. nutinyahoo is a wart on the world. you are a hater, right?

  • Seber Newsome III

    April 13, 2024 at 10:47 pm

    This would have never happened under President Trump, Biden is pathetic, don’t???

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 14, 2024 at 9:53 am

      Maybe Trump can get back your rebel monuments, too. Ask him.

      • Andrew Finn

        April 14, 2024 at 6:15 pm

        Hey, that’s a cool idea !!!! Maybe he will !!!!

        • MH/Duuuval

          April 14, 2024 at 8:42 pm

          DJT has to get reelected first. Afterwards, he won’t remember you or III. But, he has said that both sides had good people …

      • rick whitaker

        April 15, 2024 at 5:19 am

        MH, trump will never have to worry about monuments of his nasty ass being put up or taken down.

  • May B. Ullthuriz

    April 14, 2024 at 4:24 am

    Iran controls the future. If they want war forever they will get it. Maybe it is the only future they can see.

    • rick whitaker

      April 14, 2024 at 7:31 pm

      MAY, Israel controls the future. if they want war forever they will get it. maybe it is the only future they can see.


    April 14, 2024 at 8:57 am

    Good Morn ‘Ting America,
    American Jews are begining to worry that their Family’s generational suplication and support of the Democratic Party is going to send them to H€LL.
    American Jews, of course you are familliar with “The Lost Tribe of Isreal” but did you know that You Are That “LOST TRIBE”?
    A little something to think about,
    Earl Pitts “FOUND THAT LOST TRIBE” American

    • rick whitaker

      April 14, 2024 at 7:32 pm

      earl, you need to find your mind. you are of a lost tribe once called the gop

  • SandyLo

    April 14, 2024 at 9:57 am

    When President Kennedy was asked about wars, hos response was “the biggest threat to peace will not come from China or Russia, but rather from the Middle East.” Today we have seen with our own eyes how right he was. But, it is now time for the world to unite against escalation. We pray, that Netanyahu & the Ayatohla accept that a wrongful act was perpetrated by both sides and do not answer with more attacks against each other. Be brave and tell the World “We’ve avenged our dead! Let us move on on Peace” an eye for an eye had been avenged! Now it should not go further! Ayatohla stop Hamas along side Israel and peace can begin and restoration can start. In God’s name I pray for Peace to return to our Earth 🌎 🙏 🙌

    • rick whitaker

      April 14, 2024 at 7:35 pm

      sandy lo, that is your problem, you prayed. prayer does nothing and religions are criminal organizations. wake up.

      • Jillian

        April 18, 2024 at 9:35 am

        Do you hold the same contempt for President Biden? He’s a man of faith. He attends mass or church services weekly or more frequently since he became my U.S. Senator in Delaware. I can’t tell if you dislike our President as much as you dislike others with whom you have the slightest disagreement. You’re a very negative person. Everyone must see it.

        • rick whitaker

          April 18, 2024 at 7:43 pm

          JILLIAN, so i am a bad man because i hate what you love. did you learn that belief in church? me not believing in religion is NOT the slightest disagreement as you said. when laws are passed by religious nuts that affect my life, i get concerned. i live in a country where we are supposed to have freedom from religion. biden is religious, i don’t mind that at all because he respects the separation of church and state. trump is not at all religious, but he has the support of very dangerous religious fanatics, so he is far more dangerous than biden whom is religious. i am a dem, i will vote straight dem. you are calling me a ” very negative person” because i don’t share your views. that’s awful christian of you. i love biden, and me and ALL my large family members are voting for biden. there are NO maga cultist in my family. i’m not a man of faith, but my customers, neighbors, and family love me. either they are wrong about me being a positive, progressive , matriarch, or you are right and i’m a ” very negative person ‘. i am very upset about a group of thugs tearing my country up. what am i supposed to do, smile and twiddle my thumbs? christians can’t handle ANY criticism, that’s a weakness.


    April 14, 2024 at 10:38 am

    Good Sunday Morn ‘Ting Beautiful Sandy,
    President Kennedy said it because The Holy Word of God AKA The Bible said it in The Final Chapter “Revelation”.
    SO LETS GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE and not attempt Blasthphemy by trying to credit a former Democrat.
    And Sandy the Bearded Ayatohlas in Iran started this War on October 7th, 2024. All be it thru their slaves in Gaza AKA hamas (note: Earl uses lower case letters for hamas).
    Sandy its Iran’s move to stop what they started.
    A bunch of happy @55 little Sandy’s sitting around the camp fire singing KUMBAYAH will only embolden the Bearded Muzzy Ayatohla A55hole’las. Your Bearded Muzzy Ayatohla A55hole’las will only stop at this point due to Sage and Powerfull Force.
    Further More:
    Its gone too far ….. Way too far for your KUMBAYAH DIPOLOMANCY.
    Now thanks to your Bearded Muzzy Ayatohla A55hole’las the only thing short of the compleate Nuclear obliteration of Iran that will work is taking out your Bearded Muzzy Ayatohla A55hole ‘las in several targeted strikes again, and again, and again, ….. and again until they surrender and allow a real representative of their citizens to oversee that rouge nation.
    This may be The Bibilical Revelation or perhaps a step leading up to it.

    Thank you, Beautiful Sandy, for allowing Earl Pitts American to “Take You To School” and by reading my reply to you I proclaim you to have PASSED MY “MID-EAST 101 COURSE”.
    Thanks again,
    “Professor Emeritas” Earl Pitts American

    • rick whitaker

      April 14, 2024 at 6:03 pm

      EARL, once again you have showed your ignornce by believing in that biblical bull. smart, educated people, for the most part, all know what that bible bull is and how it’s used against people. the caveman type people are on your way out, enjoy the ride and stop wiggling around like a fish out of water.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 17, 2024 at 2:00 pm

    350+ items launched, intending to explode in Israel. Drones, ballistic missiles, and what was the other one? Rockets? That sort of stuff normally costs over $1 million each, sometimes well over a million, into tens of millions or more.

    Safe bet Iran spent over half a billion dollars on that attack.

    Half a billion dollars just to maim one kid.

    Ever Mr Gaetz Jr says that is no bargain. That is not a good deal.

    Maybe next time Iran just send a chaplain to a Jewish school.

    That would be a lot cheaper and an Iranian chaplain could certainly do more harm to a kid, maybe two, in a Jewish school than did half a billion dollars worth of exploding projectiles.

  • My Take

    April 27, 2024 at 12:14 pm

    I wonder how the ayatollahs’ A-bomb is coming along, since Trump released them from agreements.

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