Senator Ted Cruz was a special (and very popular) guest at the World Values Gala Dinner in New York City this past week. The dinner was sponsored by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Champions of Values organization and featured both Cruz and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) as guest speakers. Cruz’s speech was the high point of the proceedings, which is important because billionaire Republican fundraiser, Sheldon Adelson, was just one of the many important deep pockets in attendance. Senator Cruz did not let the night go to waste as he delivered a passionate defense of our dear ally Israel, while launching an attack on the Obama administration and the terrorist supporting Iranian regime with which the Obama team has become so cozy.
“The nation of Israel has never been more in jeopardy… If Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons, that president in 2017 should stand up to the world and explain very simply: Either Iran will stop, or the United of America will stop it,” Cruz warned.
After his speech, Senator Cruz spoke exclusively with the Jewish newspaper Haaretz about current US-Israel relations and what would be different if a Republican were in the White House.
“I think it is the height of chutzpah for Obama to lecture the nation of Israel on Jewish values. We should be standing proudly with Israel against the face of evil that is represented by radical Islamic terrorism. Whether it is Hamas or Hezbollah, ISIS or Al-Qaida, whether it is Boko Haram or the Ayatollah Khamenei in Tehran – they are all different strains of the same murderous evil that Israel and America should stand united against.”
Senator Cruz believes that the Obama administration has been more antagonistic and anti-Israeli than any other administration before, even former President Jimmy Carter.
“The stakes are higher today. With Carter, there was no prospect of a nuclear Iran. With Barack Obama, we are rolling the dice with theocratic zealots who have pledged to annihilate the nation of Israel. And to be clear their hatred is not limited to Israel. It is not an accident that they call Israel the little Satan and America the Great Satan.”
Senator Cruz also noted that it was not the place of the United States to dictate how Israel moves ahead in relation to the Palestinian people or the land in question.
“I think that’s a question for the nation of Israel. I don’t think that’s a job of an American president, to lecture or dictate to the nation of Israel. Israel is a sovereign nation. If the people of Israel choose to negotiate peace in exchange for land, that is a decision a sovereign nation can make, but America has no business trying to dictate the terms. And the barriers to peace today are not coming from Israel. They’re coming from a Palestinian Authority that makes common ground, that breaks bread and forms a unity government with Hamas, an unrepentant terrorist organization that seeks to exterminate the Jews.”