(NationRise.com) – Florida Governor and GOP presidential candidate Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on October 12 that officially allows his administration to execute rescue operations in Israel. This decision occurred after the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas executed a terrorist attack inside the Jewish state on October 7. Roughly 20,000 Americans are still trapped in Israel.
The Republican leader tasked the Florida Division of Emergency Management — also known as FDEM — with the arrangement of chartered flights home for Florida residents who were still in the Jewish state. According to different reports, the FDEM was also making efforts to send supplies to Israel as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government conducted a full-scale war against Hamas.
The terrorist group killed over 1,300 Israelis, including women, children, and elders. Hamas also raped dozens of women and even kidnapped more than 150 innocents to make them their hostages. The US State Department said that, so far, 29 Americans have been killed in this armed conflict and noted 15 US citizens whose whereabouts are unknown.
So far, many Americans haven’t been able to leave Israel as most commercial airlines canceled all operations because of the deteriorating security conditions. In signing this executive order, the Florida governor took aim at US President Joe Biden, as he criticized him for not launching rescue efforts inside Israel, unlike many other world leaders.
In the executive order, DeSantis said that he decided to take this step as President Biden and his administration haven’t done anything to conduct “evacuation operations” for Floridians and Americans who are still “stranded in the region.” He added that the commander-in-chief has failed to provide the State of Florida with the information it requested about any plans for these operations.
On his Twitter account, DeSantis said that he would bring these Floridians back home with this executive order, as he claimed he would not leave “our residents behind.”
So far, at least 270 Americans have returned home thanks to DeSantis’s efforts.
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