Speaking at the Jerusalem Post conference Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the State of Israel was 75 years young but the Jewish people more than 3,000 years old.
"The Arabs tried to slay the Jewish State in its infancy," said DeSantis, comparing the War for Independence to David slaying Goliath.
Governor Ron DeSantis praised Israel's ability to maintain the only democracy in the Middle East despite the threat of a nuclear Iran, Palestinian Arab terror, and other threats from within and abroad.
He added that since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran has viewed the US as its "number one enemy" and Israel "is just behind."
"Soon there will come a day when there are no longer any Holocaust survivors alive," said DeSantis. "We must remember the horrors of the Holocaust because those who forget history are bound to repeat its mistakes," he added.
Vowing that the US embassy would "remain in Jerusalem no matter where the political winds of change will blow," he added, "The US must defend Israel against disfavored treatment by the UN and agenda-driven international bodies...and we must reject those who reject Israel's right to exist as a Jewish State."
DeSantis also urged the US government to "butt out of Israel's affairs."
"You're a smart country. You can figure it out. We shouldn't butt in to these important issues," DeSantis told a cheering audience at the Jerusalem Post conference, in an apparent reference to the Biden administration's strong opposition to the proposed judicial reforms spearheaded by the Netanyahu government.
Praising the Jewish people's initiative in rebuilding their national homeland after a 2,000 year exile, he said, "I'm reminded of a quote by David Ben-Gurion. In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles."
"Before the Jews got here, this was not exactly the land of opportunity...And yet against all odds, the people of Israel have taken a barren desert and transformed it into an oasis of freedom and innovation - a vibrant society in one of the world's toughest neighborhoods," he pointed out.