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Unlike Florida Media, Israeli, Jewish-American Press Didn’t Trivialize DeSantis Trip

June 5, 2019 - 7:00am

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ just concluded trip to Israel aimed at cementing ties between Florida and the Jewish state found a serious audience.

In contrast to the Florida media circus that demeaned and attempted to undermine the bolstering of scientific, agricultural, economic, and political cooperation, the Israeli press reported on substance, not manufactured peripheral issues.

The Israeli press talked about Florida’s no-tolerance policy for hate speech, cooperation on environmental and business issues, strengthening education ties, and the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement; the Sunshine State press corps, along with the First Amendment Foundation, concentrated on whether a Cabinet meeting, ceremonial in nature, met legal muster.

Israeli and Jewish-American media emphasized the goals and results of the mission with only passing mentions of the open meeting challenge.

Florida newspapers, which conveniently ignore or underreport untold Sunshine Law violations and unfulfilled public records requests, both locally and in Tallahassee, found two easy targets when DeSantis announced a high-profile delegation of politicians and businesspeople would visit Israel in a spirit of cooperation: Republicans and the state of Israel.

Florida media was so concerned with the public’s right to know, that it agreed to the assigning of a pool reporter to cover the landmark excursion to Israel. One reporter. The country’s third-largest state.

The meeting, at which no formal votes were taken, was live-streamed over The Florida Channel.

The Jerusalem Post reported on DeSantis giving the keynote address at the 2019 Israel-American Business Summit, hosted by the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce and the U.S. Embassy

Meanwhile, the Brooklyn-based Jewish Voice informed readers about Secretary of Agriculture Nikki Fried’s efforts to improve the health of Floridians, tourism, and the citrus industry.

Florida’s first Jewish female Cabinet member met with Israeli experts on medical marijuana, irrigation, and treating algae blooms. She talked with researchers fighting citrus greening, a disease that has devastated orange groves in Florida.

Fried also visited a company that works in advanced hydroponics, met with Israel’s minister of agriculture and talked with cannabis growers.

JewishPress.com quoted DeSantis as asserting that “Israel has been unfairly targeted for discrimination and that BDS is DOA (Dead-on-arrival) in Florida.”

Israel’s Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan called DeSantis “one of the greatest and most consistent friends of Israel and of the U.S.-Israel alliance,” according to JewishPress.  “Governor DeSantis promised that under his leadership, Florida would be the most pro-Israel state in America and he has kept his promise.”

The Times of Israel prominently reported on agreements signed between DeSantis and Israeli officials on issues like space technology, agriculture, protecting water and cybersecurity. For example, Florida Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz signed an agreement with Israeli officials which lays the groundwork for Israeli emergency officials to help Florida in the event the state has a major disaster.

The Forward, a Jewish-American magazine, noted DeSantis visited Ariel University, becoming the first sitting state governor to visit the West Bank. While there, he signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Ariel and Florida State University.

Israeli media network Arutz Sheva, in an exclusive interview with the Florida governor, quoted him on the success of the mission: “We have really unprecedented academic collaborations, research between our state universities and a whole slew of Israeli universities,” he added. “And so you’re seeing cooperation, not just in economy and academia, health care.”

DeSantis traveled on the six-day trade mission with a 90-member delegation of elected officials, including state workers, businessmen and senior academics, including Florida Cabinet members Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Fried.

Israeli press gather to hear DeSantis on his first day in the Jewish state
Israeli press gather to hear DeSantis on his first day in the Jewish state

Jim Bleyer, a former reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and Tampa Tribune, writes the Tampa Bay Beat blog.

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This is a disgusting affront to the First Amendment. We could all live together in harmony......but the "non-Gentiles" and their Zionist goyim shills keep pushing and pushing....sooner or later things are going to slip and the whole house of cards will come crashing down. There will be a lot of kvetching and wringing of hands, but I won't shed a tear for these greedy rats and their verminous henchmen.

Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida recently signed a bill which added ‘anti-Semitism’ to the list of outlawed forms of discrimination in Florida, equating it with other forms of racialdiscrimination, reported the Tallahassee Democrat. The major problem many have with this bill is that the definition of Anti-semitism under this law includes everything from saying the “Jews control the media,” “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to America,” to many other questionable statements that are protected under the first amendment of the United States constitution. It is also now illegal to question the number of Jews who died in the Holocaust. No other genocide has this protection in the world. Even though Christians are the most persecuted group of people throughout the world, for some reason DeSantis thought that signing a law that goes directly against the first amendment of the United States would be a good idea. DeSantis even signed the bill while visiting Israel, and then again in Florida upon returning from his trip. Following the signing of the bill, many Christians have posed several important questions about this new law, namely that there are no laws against openly blaspheming Christianity or Jesus. There are also no laws against accusing all Catholics of being pedophiles and no broad words with blanket definitions like ‘Anti-semitism’ that protects Christians from the criticism they receive on a constant basis. It is also not yet a hate crime to fly a pride flag outside Chick-fil-A, but what can you expect when Christians don’t have the powerful lobby to push for laws like this like Jews do with AIPAC. Many Christians are wondering if AIPAC money is behind this new law signed by DeSantis.

Like every bigot, you wish to remain anonymous after tossing out every Jewish trope ever conceived. You sleep with the Protocols of the Elders of Zion under your pillow no doubt.

To be fair, it wasn't the "Florida Media" that trivialized or slandered the trip. It was the left-wing nut-bags in the media that trivialized or slandered the trip.

LOL. There is no distinction.

Is he going to take a hundred people plus their individual hangers-on to the Vatican, next ??? And, then, to Mecca ??? Everything about this trip was "trivial" ... except the monumental cost! Fugeddaboudit!

That will happen when the Vatican and Mecca share its modern scientific thinking with the rest of the world in such fields as laser technology, medical technology, nano technology, agriculture, mariculture, optics, photonics, optogenetics, robotics, desalination, cybersecurity, aviation, artificial intelligence, autonomous transportation, solar power...well, even you must get the idea. The Vatican has had 1600 years to spread its scientific knowledge; Mecca has had more than 1,300. The world is not holding its breath. Israel managed to do it in 71.

Most attended on their own dime. As usual, you have your bowels twisted.

Pandering with a capital “P”

And capital ... A-N-D-E-R-I-N-G!

Pandering? So what would YOU have done, Mr. TOO-SMART? I like the idea of having FRIENDS all over the globe, and Israelis are some of the most intelligent and ethical of people. Methinks you didn't read the article - it was a WIN-WIN!

WIN WIN? It's anti-freedom of speech. This will find its way to The Supreme Court eventually and be ruled unconstitutional.

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