LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21, 2015 — Presidential candidate Ted Cruz was the first candidate to address the Republican Jewish Coalition on Dec. 3.
He was introduced by RJC member Ed Zucker.
Sen. Cruz is a fiery orator and a staunch supporter of Israel. Since he did not have to spend his time providing his pro-Israel credentials, he devoted his remarks to his overall foreign policy vision. He came out swinging against America’s foreign enemies and the domestic politicians refusing to adequately confront threats.
“We are at a time of war.”
“Our enemies are at war with us.”
“I believe this nation needs a wartime president to defend it.”
We must do three things to fight this war. First, we must speak the truth. The threat to America and the world must be clearly defined: It is “radical Islamic terrorism.”
Cruz called President Obama an apologist. Obama argues that Christians have also committed acts of evil and aggression against Muslims, sometimes referring to the Crusades. But the Crusades ended 900 years ago. “I don’t think it’s asking too much for the president to stay in the current millennium.”
Only three senators voted against John Kerry as secretary of state. “Never have I been prouder to have been in that gang of three.”
The second thing we must do is stand by our allies.
Israel is an ally. Yet some Americans, many of them ensconced in the privileged world of academia, treat it as the enemy and the source of all the ills in the Middle East.
“Any university that supports the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement will find its federal funds stripped away,” said Cruz.
Third, we need to defeat our enemies. Cruz criticized American intervention in Libya, Egypt and Syria, none of which has been part of a coherent strategy to destroy the capacity of our enemies to harm us or our allies.
He gave fair warning to Americans who join ISIS. “If you wage Jihad against the United States of America, you have signed your own death warrant.”
He vowed on his first day in office “to rip to shreds this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal.” He would tell Iran, “Either you stop your nuclear weapons program or we will stop it for you.”
Cruz was asked if Obama’s failed presidency will make Americans leery to trust the White House with another first-term senator. Cruz was well-prepared for the question. Cruz is a first-term senator, but being a first-term senator is not why Obama failed. Obama failed because he is an “unmitigated socialist who won’t stand up and defend the United States of America.”
Cruz vowed, “If you vote for me, Iran will never have nuclear weapons.” He also promised to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Ted Cruz demonstrated his understanding of the common problems facing Israel and the United States. He knows that the war we’re fighting is not against Israel, that it wasn’t caused by the Crusades, and that the ideology that drives our enemies is radical Islam. He was warmly received by the crowd.