DeSantis charged Israel with neglect of duty and incompetence in his response to the mass shooting in Parkland and another shooting, suspending the embattled sheriff in January.
The 34- page report by the special master, however, says that DeSantis failed to make a case against Israel.
"While the governor has offered a plethora of criticism, he has not shown that Sheriff Israel's policies, procedures or training on active shooter situations were inconsistent with Florida law enforcement standards," the report reads.
The arbitrator went on to write that what happened at the Parkland massacre in Feb. 2018 was the "culmination of individual failures," putting much of the blame on disgraced school resource officer and former Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson.
“Overall, the evidence presented to me suggests it was individual failures that plagued the Stoneman Douglas response, not neglect or incompetence by Sheriff Israel,” Goodlette concluded.
Now the Republican-led Senate will decide whether or not to reinstate Israel as Broward County Sheriff.
Following the recommendation, Sen. Bill Galvano announced a special session next month for the Senate to consider the removal or reinstatement of Israel.
In a statement, Israel praised the Goodlette's findings, hoping the Senate will clear his name.
“The rule of law has prevailed,” Israel said. “I humbly ask the Florida Senate to approve my reinstatement, so I can continue to serve all Broward County as the people’s elected sheriff.”
DeSantis, however, strongly disagreed with the Goodlette's findings.
Andrew and Hunter Pollack, who lost their daughter and sister, Meadow Pollack, in the Parkland school shooting, are hoping the Florida Senate makes the correct decision in October.
The special session to determine the fate of Israel will take place from Oct. 21 to Oct. 25, a period when lawmakers will be in Tallahassee for committee meetings.