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DeSantis Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Ron DeSantis on The Record with Greta Van Susteren

October 08, 2023

"US policy under both Biden and Obama--they just had rose-colored glasses with respect to Iran...Let's just cut that now, turn the screws on them."

Tallahassee, FL - Ron DeSantis joined Newsmax's The Record with Greta Van Susteren to discuss the Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel. The highlights are below.

Watch the full interview HERE.

On the importance of standing with Israel:

The first thing is to be very clear that not only do they have a right to defend themselves, but they have a right to use overwhelming force. Part of the reason we're in this situation is because in past iterations of attacks, which admittedly, were not at this level, Israel would respond, but then there'd immediately be a lot of pressure for Israel to stand down. Israel would even start getting blamed. And so they never really uprooted the terror networks of Hamas, and even Hezbollah, like they probably should have. So this is a time where this is their 9/11 -- probably times four or five from what we're seeing with the horrific images and the casualty count for such a small country. It's an unbelievable terrorist attack that I think they need to uproot all of those networks. Now, there's going to start to be moral equivalence put out there. There's going to start to be condemnations from the United Nations. I'm not saying it's going to happen tomorrow, but I could definitely see in the not-too-distant future that. So we just need to be united as Americans that they have a right to do what they need to do. And if we just do that, I think that that will be most of it because they take pride in their own defense. I've been a big supporter of providing support for Israel, which we do every year -- not huge amounts of money, you know, a couple, a few billion, but that's in addition to what Israel is doing for themselves. They've never asked us to displace their responsibility to defend their country. And I think it'll be similar here. Of course, we're going to maintain the support and the security arrangement that we have. We also are going to have to get all the facts about it, but it seems like that there have been Americans killed -- I don't know if that's been confirmed by the White House yet -- and taken hostage. And that implicates our national security in a big, big way. We cannot have terrorists going after our citizens anywhere around this world, and so will have a responsibility, perhaps, for rescue if they're still alive, but that does implicate our national interest in a very strong way.

On standing up to Iran:

I think that this should cause Biden to short circuit any type of talks, to reimpose the strongest sanctions across the board, including on their energy industry. Ultimately, if you starve them of cash, they're going to be limited in what they're going to be able to do around the world. I do think that if you go over to Israel -- I mean, I know you've been there -- if you talk to people like Prime Minister Netanyahu, if you ask them, what are your top three issues you've got to deal with? He would say number one is Iran, number two is Iran, and number three is Iran. So, I think they're very mindful -- like, Hamas was just the tool and the instrument, but ultimately, this was an attack by the Iranians. And if the Iranians could push a button and wipe Israel off the map, they would do that. That's what they want to do. They're very honest about that. So US policy under both Biden and Obama, they just had rose-colored glasses with respect to Iran. I think there was ideology involved. Let's just cut that now, turn the screws on them, and that'll benefit the United States, it'll benefit Israel, and it'll benefit our allies throughout the world.

Ron DeSantis, DeSantis Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Ron DeSantis on The Record with Greta Van Susteren Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/367792

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