Standing with Israel benefits America, and the US needs a president “who will be a champion for Israel,” Cruz said, noting his own pro-Israel actions in the Senate. He would rip the “catastrophic” Iran nuclear deal to shreds, he stated.
Speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz said he “will not be neutral” on Israel as president, taking a swipe at GOP opponent Donald Trump’s past statements about being a neutral broker in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“America will stand unapologetically with the nation of Israel,” said Cruz, who also mocked Trump’s use of the term “Palestine” in the preceding speech at the same AIPAC session.
Be sure to watch Ted Cruz’s very powerful pro-Israel speech at AIPAC.
Cruz said America needs a president “who will be a champion for Israel,” noting his actions in the Senate such as staunchly opposing the Federal Aviation Administration’s 36-hour ban on flights to Israel during the 2014 Gaza war. Cruz recalled that at the time, he raised the question, “Did this [Obama] administration just launch an economic boycott against the state of Israel?” Ukraine, noted Cruz, had just seen a passenger airline shot down by a Russian missile but experienced no flight ban, yet Israel received such a ban when one rocket fell a mile from “one of the safest airports in the world.”
Offering specifics on how he would stand with Israel as president, Cruz said he would rip the “catastrophic” Iran nuclear deal to shreds.
“Here are my words, [Iranian Supreme Leader] Ayatollah Khamenei: ‘If I am president, and Iran launches a missile test, we will shoot that missile down,” said Cruz, referring to the recent Iranian missile test included a missile inscribed with a threat to wipe Israel off the map.
“Either you will shut down your nuclear program, or we will shut it down for you,” said Cruz, further addressing Iran.
‘Military Aid to Israel is Not Charity’
Standing with Israel benefits America,” Cruz stated. “Israel is a steadfast and loyal ally, and our military aid to Israel is not charity. It is, rather, furthering the vital national security interests of the United States of America, whether it is missile defense, from Iron Dome to David’s Sling, or whether it is intelligence and military cooperation, Israel provides an enormous benefit to keeping America safe and protecting us from radical Islamic terrorists.”
Cruz promised to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and to veto any UN resolution that imposes an Israeli-Palestinian conflict settlement on Israel.
“Indeed, I tell you today, I will fly to New York to personally veto it myself,” he said, referencing the city that is home to UN headquarters.
“The way you avoid conflict is to stand up to bullies,” he asserted.
By: JNS.org and United with Israel Staff
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