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Florida Republicans Weigh In on Looming Israeli Ground Assault into Gaza

by Javier Manjarres

As Israel continues to strike at key Hamas targets within the Gaza Strip, members of Florida’s Republican congressional delegation are offering their unreserved support for Israel against its terrorist adversaries as well as chiding President Barack Obama for the weak posture he has adopted vis-a-vis Israel. The Obama administration claims that it supports Israel’s right to defend herself, but there is widespread feeling that Obama will not fully have Israel’s back diplomatically or militarily should the crisis escalate.

Israel’s military is now calling up its reserves in anticipation of an imminent ground assault into Gaza to ‘clean out’ the terrorist elements of the Hamas-led Palestinian government, and Israel troops are assembling along the border should the assault be ordered.

Three of Florida’s members of Congress, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Congressmen Allen West and Gus Bilirakis each released statements regarding the escalating conflict in the Gaza Strip.

I lament the loss of innocent civilian lives. I stand with Israel and her right to self-defense against Hamas terrorists that seek to destroy her and have been attacking Israel through rocket attacks.”- Senator Marco Rubio




“For years, Israelis have lived under the constant threat of rockets from Hamas-controlled Gaza. In this year alone, over 800 rockets have been fired from Gaza into southern Israel, threatening the lives of all those who live there. Peace is only attainable if Hamas ceases these unjustifiable attacks. However, until then, Israel should be allowed to defend itself against these acts of terror. We must continue to support our strongest democratic ally in the region and encourage others to do so, as well.” –Rep. Gus Bilirakis

Congressman Allen West, never one to mince his words, gave President Obama some pretty detailed advice as to what kind of action the U.S. military should be engaging in-

“For the first time in some 20 years, enemy rockets and missiles have fallen near the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. The government of Israel has noted that, since the beginning of 2012, more than 768 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza, and over 12,000 in the past 12 years. Israel, like any nation, has the right to defend itself against such vicious attacks. There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel. I strongly condemn the actions of a known radical Islamic terrorist organization, Hamas.


Hamas claims to have the best interests of the Palestinian people at heart, yet it continues to engage in violence that does nothing but set back the Palestinian cause. Attacking Israel on a near daily basis does nothing to help Palestinians in Gaza, nor to move the Palestinian people any closer to achieving self-determination and independence. My greater concern is the alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled government of Egypt and Hamas. Egypt possesses a modern military force and if under the control of radical Islamists, namely Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood, could pose a serious threat to Israel from the Sinai desert. Further exacerbating this situation are the unaccounted for shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles that escaped from Libya.


From the north, we must recognize the potential threat from Hasan Nasrallah and Hezbollah with their medium- and long-range rockets and missiles. Since the 11thanniversary of 9-11 United States Embassy and Consulate attacks, we have seen a growing threat in the Middle East. This threat, the common radical Islamic enemy of Israel and America, now feels emboldened from a foreign policy of appeasement, the so-called pivot from the Middle East, and a posture of “provocative weakness.” Indeed the enemies of Israel paid attention to actions, not words or phone calls, and since President Obama decided not to visit our best ally, they associated that with a green light.


Our best response at this time would be a demonstration of naval strength, such as to move an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) into theater to provide a show of force in support of Israel. We also should have additional missile defense systems alerted for deployment.


Now is a time when Israel, the world, and their enemies must know, by action, that the United States of America will never abandon the State of Israel and that never again, truly means never again.


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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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        If only the Mufti of Jerusalem and other Arab “leaders” could have foreseen this, maybe they would have been so quick to exhort their people to leave their land (now Israel) run to neighboring Arab countries to get out of the way of the Arab armies which were sent to “throw the Jews into the sea”. A sentiment often expressed by the President of Iran, a nation which will shortly join the nuclear club. Hmmmm.

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          >a nation which will shortly join the nuclear club.

          C’mon Ana. The propaganda has been pouring forth since 9/12/2001 that “Iran will join the nuclear club in six months”. Rational people and nuclear inspectors that have combed Iran for years no longer believe such fabrications. And of course, A’jad never pledged to “throw the Jews into the sea”. What he did say was that zionism would be expunged from the face of the earth. And from the way they’ve behaved in the recent past, that might be an improvement.


          • Marco is the Man

            FLgeezer — From Achmadinejad’s lying words to your gullible ears. Wake up old timer.

          • Ana Gomez-Mallada

            Ah, yes. That’s what Hitler thought, too. Poor misunderstood guy… and he did build the Autobahn…

    • Cherieo3

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    Nina: Don’t get excited. Nobody is talking about another war. Col. West is talking about moving units into position which have to be somewhere anyway. I doubt we would need to send them into action. Assertive action has a way of avoiding conflict. And we need to show that we can distinguish our friends from those who are not our friends.

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      Amen Nancy…I’m not Jewish…but yes, they ARE the chosen people of God! And, God will take care of them…one way or another!!!

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    I love Israel and I am just an ordinary Christian that studies Torah with Messianic Jews. Never could get as good a feel for the foundation of my faith until I found this. Raised on the Old Testament, when I visit Israel it is like reliving my own childhood. I have watched the aggressive nature of Islam try to envelope all that I cherish in the Holy Land and will continue to fight for Israel. That is one of the most bitter aspects of Obama’s reelection. He despises Israel and all things Israeli right along with the Judeo/Christian values shared by Israel and America. Any Christian or Jew should be ashamed if they voted for that poser.

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    Today is leave my people alone or pay the penalty.

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    >The jews are the chosen people of God.

    Five decades ago when I was young I believed that too. The years have led me to ask the question if they really were “chosen”, why did your (protestant?) God allow Israel to be destroyed by the Assyrians, Babylonians, and then the Romans? In fact, Israel disappeared from the face of the earth for about 19 centuries. The present incarnation will likely disappear too since the 7m citizens of Israel are surrounded by about 300m others that despise them nearly without exception. And they are despised since they engaged in the wholesale slaughter of the indigenous muslims and christians who had lived peacefully in Palestine since the time of Jesus. To this day, they continue the slaughter, as well as the expropriation of land and water resources vital for survival. If this is your idea of a “chosen people” who follow a loving God, then you live in an alternate universe. They must fence themselves in to keep from being overrun, and young, talented secular Jews are leaving in droves leaving only a fanatical remnant behind.

    The Jews of 20+ centuries ago WERE chosen to give the world two things: 1) the decalogue, and 2) Jesus. Present days Jews are as different from Moses and Jesus as anything imaginable. For example, what kind of lawyers, authors, and filmmakers have been at work destroying America’s Christian religious heritage, advocating for gay marriage, killing the unborn, and waging the War on Christmas?
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    Do you always let left-leaning organizations do your thinking for you – obvious from your many citations.

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