In preparation for an invasion of Gaza in response to a Hamas strike, Israel would receive drones, guns, and ammo, according to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who announced his plans on Thursday.
It is the most recent official stance DeSantis has adopted in support of Israel as he runs for the Republican nomination in 2024.
According to Jeremy Redfern, a spokesman for the governor’s office, Florida has deployed cargo planes loaded with medical supplies, drones, body armor, and helmets.
According to Redfern, the state also collaborated with private organizations to provide firearms and ammunition at the request of the Israeli consul general in Miami.
Redfern would say what kind or how much ammunition and weapons were there, sending inquiries to the consul general, who could not be reached for comment at the time.
DeSantis frequently uses his official authority to carry out decisions that support his greater political objectives.
To transport migrants from Texas to Democratic-controlled locations like Martha’s Vineyard, Florida used state money.
Additionally, earlier this week, his administration issued a directive ordering public colleges to dissolve student chapters of a pro-Palestinian organization.
Florida has also operated flights for around 700 Americans who were evacuated from Israel since the Hamas attack on October 7.
President Joe Biden has been criticized by DeSantis and other GOP presidential candidates for not doing enough to support Israel. They have mostly aligned themselves with the Jewish state.
DeSantis has attacked former president Donald Trump, who is widely considered to be the front-runner for the 2024 presidential election, as well as former South Carolina governor and UN ambassador Nikki Haley over Israel.
It’s unclear if DeSantis and the Biden administration coordinated any weapon shipments.
The Commerce Department controls the export of numerous sorts of American weapons and technology.
A request for comment was not immediately answered by the National Security Council or the Commerce Department of the White House.