Gov. DeSantis in Washington for unveiling of Trump’s Middle East peace plan

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Cabinet meet in Jerusalem on May 29, 2019. From left to right: Attorney General Ashley Moody, Gov. DeSantis, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. Source: Governor's office.

Gov. Ron DeSantis traveled to Washington Tuesday to participate in talks between President Trump and Israeli leaders during which the administration is expected to unveil the latest Middle East peace plan.

DeSantis was due at the White House at noon, according to his daily schedule.

“Gov. DeSantis was invited to the White House to participate in a special meeting regarding Israel,” Helen Aguirre Ferré, the governor’s communications director, told the Florida Phoenix via email.

DeSantis, a conservative Republican and Trump protégé, has spoken many times of his ambitions to be this country’s most pro-Israel governor, and led an economic development mission to Israel during his first year in office that included members of the independently elected Florida Cabinet.

The trip was intended to cement business and cultural ties. Critics have argued that DeSantis has too closely associated himself with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, now under indictment for alleged corruption, at the expense of the Palestinian people.

Upon his return from Israel, DeSantis signed legislation cracking down on antisemitism in public education.

Netanyahu met with Trump on Monday, as did his political rival Benny Gantz, whose party has been jockeying politically with Netanyahu’s to form a government. Palestinian leaders have already pronounced the peace plan a dead letter.

Michael Moline
Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.