The governor of Florida and candidate for the Republican Party primaries, Ron DeSantis, rejected the idea that the Gaza refugees were accepted into the country because they were “all anti-Semitic.”
“I don’t think President Joe Biden would do it, but we can’t accept people from Gaza into this country as refugees. I’m not going to do that. If you look at how they behave, they’re not all Hamas, but they are all anti-Semites. None of them believe in Israel’s right to exist,” he said Saturday at a campaign event in Iowa.
DeSantis defends his statements by reminding them that all Arabs are Semites. “Palestinian Arabs should go to Arab countries. deer It should not absorb anything. I think the culture… they chose Hamas, you know? Not all of them are from Hamas; maybe most are not, but they chose Hamas,” he said on a CBS program.
The Republican leader recalled that “in the Gaza Strip, “those attacks are widely celebrated, including by many people who are not from Hamas,” and he assured that it is “a toxic culture.”
“In the books, Israel does not even appear on the map. They prepare children from a young age to carry out terrorist attacks,” he said.
For all these reasons, he considers that the admission of a significant number of Palestinians “will increase anti-Semitism” and “anti-Americanism.” “You see people taking to the streets to celebrate the atrocities of Hamas. Having this in our country would be ‘cool.’
Regarding accusations of Israel’s “collective punishment” of the Gaza population, DeSantis denied the argument. “This is not a collective punishment. Hamas is the one who created this discourse. Hamas is the one who attacks the civilians,” he emphasized.
They are preparing an offensive in Gaza
Israel continued preparations for an offensive in northern Gaza on Sunday after giving residents an extra day before evacuating the area, a week after an unprecedented attack by Hamas on its territory.
Israel responded to the October 7 invasion of the Palestinian Islamist group in power in the Gaza Strip with a massive bombardment of the territory, where Hamas continues to fire rockets.
Awaiting the ground offensive, the Israeli army on Friday asked civilians in the north of the enclave—1.1 million people out of a total population of 2.4 million—to move south and urged them on Saturday “not to delay.”
However, an army spokesman said on Saturday night that the ground offensive would not begin on Sunday due to humanitarian reasons.