Rep. Cory Mills, a first-term Republican from Florida, has taken decisive action during the ongoing crisis in Israel occasioned by an attack from Gaza by Hamas.
Drawing on his decorated military experience, the warrior-legislator has been on the ground in the Levant, attempting to evacuate Americans in the region and ensure their safety.
“I was helping and showing solidarity with our Israeli brethren and helping Americans evacuate,” Mills said.
Mills informed The Floridian that he was on the ground in Israel, ensuring the safe exit of 32 Americans. He also mentioned that hundreds more Americans are awaiting their return home.
This situation draws parallels to the events of August and September 2021. During that period, the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan resulted in numerous Americans being left behind. Mills, not hesitating, flew to Afghanistan to aid in the evacuation of an American woman and her three children.
Israel, a technologically advanced democracy, contrasts sharply with Afghanistan, which is now under the control of the Taliban. The Israel Defense Forces, with over 75 years of history, have established themselves as a formidable military force, allowing Israel to maintain its sovereignty amid surrounding adversaries. The Hamas terrorists from Gaza and the Hezbollah group from the north are both committed to Israel’s destruction. Their recent attacks, characterized by extreme violence, have made their intentions clear.
Mills’ actions demonstrate that there are American politicians willing to risk their safety for the well-being of others. While Mills was actively involved in the evacuation, other lawmakers, such as Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Democratic Rep. Dan Goldman of New York, were also in Israel during the Hamas attack but returned to the U.S. immediately.
President Biden, in his recent speech about the Israeli conflict, briefly mentioned Americans held by Hamas but did not demand their immediate release. Mills, however, took direct action by flying to Israel during this tumultuous time to ensure the safety of Americans.
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