EXCLUSIVE: DeSantis Tells MRC’s Bozell that Netanyahu Should Ignore the Media, Extinguish Hamas

Craig Bannister | November 6, 2023
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should ignore the anti-Israel media attacks and demands for a cease-fire to Israel’s effort to wipe out Hamas terrorists, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell this week.

In an exclusive interview, the GOP presidential hopeful said that, as soon as he heard Hamas had attacked a music festival in Israel on October 7 – killing 1,400 people – he knew the media would start attacking Israel.

“They’re going to blame Israel for defending itself,” DeSantis thought at the time.

DeSantis told Bozell that Netanyahu should ignore the pro-Palestine media propaganda and finish the job he started:

“I would tell Bibi, ‘Don’t be concerned with that. These are narratives that they’re doing.’

“They’re trying to whip up anti-Israel opposition. Obviously, I think what we’ve seen around the world has been very jarring, to see the type of open anti-Semitism that we’ve seen, not just in Europe and in our country, throughout the Middle East, you name it.”

But, it’s not enough to just deliver “glancing blows” to Hamas, Israel’s military campaign must continue until the terrorist group is completely obliterated, DeSantis said:

“I would tell him ‘You have to finally end Hamas, once and for all.

“And, that means taking out all their terrorist infrastructure. It means eradicating the group from existence because, all that will happen if you just do some glancing blows, all it will do is they will regroup, they will do the same attacks again and we’re going to have another cycle of this.”

“So, now is the time to cut out the cancer and get the job done,” DeSantis declared.

If Hamas had attacked the U.S., America would have exterminated the terrorist group, so Israel can’t be faulted for doing just that, DeSantis said:

“There is no way that we would allow that to happen. We would end the problem immediately. I don’t know why Israel should be expected to do anything less.”