JERUSALEM, Israel – The Florida Cabinet officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's "eternal and undivided capital," a step beyond what even the Trump administration has said about the holy city.
While the Trump administration recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, it hasn't clarified if it supports a united or divided Jerusalem. Florida top office-holders made their sentiment very clear on Tuesday when they passed a symbolic resolution stating Jerusalem is both undivided and eternal.
"We have made it clear that we stand with our closest ally in the Middle East. I too believe in standing strong with our friend and partner and ally," said Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis during Tuesday's cabinet meeting.
"As a state we must continue to demonstrate our broad and deep support of our ally and economic partner by implementing pro-Israel policies," Patornis said. "Today we declare to the world that Florida stands united with Israel."
Deputy Consul General of Israel to Florida Guy Gilady said Israel is "grateful" for the state's strong stance.
"Your recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, speaks not just truth, but is another shining example of how you are making Florida the most pro-Israel state in the US," Gilady said. "The state of Florida has long been a stalwart supporter of the one Jewish nation. We see a much deeper sense of true friendship that defines the current Florida-Israel relationship."
This is just the latest move Florida has made in support of Israel.
Earlier this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis put those who want to promote boycotts, sanctions, and divestments (BDS) against Israel on notice.
"As long as I'm Governor of Florida, BDS will be DOA," he said.
DeSantis and the Florida State Board of Administration also voted to sanction Airbnb for its decision to not allow Israelis to list their homes in Judea and Samaria.
"It was a dumb policy. I think they made a mistake," said DeSantis. "Sometimes you have to look in the mirror and admit you made a mistake and move on."