Ron DeSantis Takes on the BDS Movement

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By Caroline Glick

“If you openly support BDS in Florida, you’re dead, politically.”

That was Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s conclusion from the surprisingly large role the issue of the antisemitic “boycott, divestment and sanctions” (BDS) campaign against Israel played in his close race against Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum in Floridan’s gubernatorial election last November.

DeSantis edged out the hardcore progressive Democrat by a mere 0.4 percent, or 32,000 votes.

DeSantis made the remark during the course of his official visit to Israel last week. He led a massive trade mission of Florida business leaders, cabinet secretaries, and university presidents on a five-day trip to the Jewish state. During the course of the mission, Florida universities signed collaboration agreements with Israeli universities spanning a vast spectrum of undertakings from water purification to space research.

The mission merged the twin goals of increasing Florida-Israel economic, academic and commercial ties; and fighting anti-Semitism generally, and the BDS campaign against Israel specifically. Its success was a stunning expression of DeSantis’s state government’s friendship with Israel. It also placed the sharp contrast between progressive Democrats — like his opponent, Gillum — and DeSantis in stark relief. Read the rest HERE.

Caroline Glick is a world-renowned journalist and commentator on the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy, and the author of The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East. Read more at



  • Posted June 5, 2019

    Joe Z

    I keep asking DeSantis (via email) to put vote fraudsters like Brenda Snipes (Broward County) in jail. It appears that nothing is being done about this serious problem. If the Democrats are once again allowed to meddle with the voting process, it could cost Trump and DeSantis their elections in 2020 and 2022. If they lose, this country and Florida are done.

    • Posted June 5, 2019

      The Flash

      You ain’t lyin’, Joe! What shocked me is that DeSantis won by such a small margin against an obvious loser like Gillum. Some idiot actually told me that I should vote for Gillum because he was from Gainesville!

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