DeSantis declares emergency in Florida over Israel, state to invest $25 million in Israel Bonds

DeSantis declares emergency in Florida over Israel, state to invest $25 million in Israel Bonds

(As originally published with additional photos, Fri, October 13th 2023, 3:01 PM EDT)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (TND) — The state of Florida has a large Jewish population and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order to help state residents who are in Israel get home.

A news release from DeSantis’ communications director noted, “There are more than 20,000 Americans, including Floridians, in Israel who wish to return home but are unable to do so.”

The executive order lets the state “carry out logistical, rescue and evacuation operations to keep its residents safe,” by enabling “the Florida Division of Emergency Management to bring Floridians home and transport necessary supplies to Israel.”

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DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate, takes a shot at President Joe Biden in the order:

“WHEREAS, unlike the governments of other countries, the Biden administration has failed to launch any form of rescue or evacuation operations for Americans, including Floridians, stranded in the region, and has failed to provide information requested by the State of Florida about any plans for such operations.”

That came as the White House announced the first charter flight to get American citizens safely out of Israel has departed.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said additional flights will be departing in the coming days and the State Department will organize flights “for as long as there is a demand from US citizens for departure assistance.”

Also, Florida’s chief financial officer announced the state will invest $25 million in bonds to help Israel pay for the war.

Jimmy Patronis said that’ll up the state’s holdings in Israel Bonds to $80 million.

His office said, “Since 2017, Florida has purchased $190 million in Israel Bonds, which have generated about $6.4 million in interest.”

Also, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced his state has bought $10 million in bonds.

That brings the total amount of new investment since last weekend’s Hamas terrorist attacks to $200 million, and Israel Bonds says “$150 million came from US states [and] local governments.”

Israel has never defaulted on a loan.

According to Israel Bonds, investing will help “provide the nation with financial resources at its darkest hour and be part of an initiative that brings impactful and needed assistance.”

Howard L. Goldstein, chairman of the Israel Bonds National Board of Directors, said, “The message from the American people to our brothers and sisters in Israel is that you are remarkable. Stand strong and you will never be alone. We have and will always be with you. The U.S. stands with Israel, now more than ever. Israel Bonds has proved once again that it is a crucial component of Israel’s financial wellbeing. Am Yisrael Chai!”

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