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Friday, January 03, 2014

For the neo-cons who might think that Ted Cruz is a "conservative"...

Does Tea Party hero Ted Cruz really stand for sovereignty and limited government? A keyword search of his Senate website reveals several notable quotes from Cruz regarding our "vital ally" Israel.

  • "In my view the United States of America should remain unshakably alongside our vital ally the nation of Israel. We get an enormous dividend from the intelligence, from the resources, from the alliance on the ground, and it is beneficial to the United States of America to have an ally like Israel that is fighting alongside us in such a perilous part of the world where they are surrounded by terrorists who would do us harm and would do them harm. And in my view, when the military aid is renegotiated for Israel, we should give serious consideration to substantially increase the strategic partnership with the nation of Israel because it is overwhelmingly in the interest of U.S. National Security ...In my opinion, the President of the United States should stand up and say unequivocally, if Iran continues to proceed towards acquiring nuclear weapons capacity, the U.S. will use overwhelming military force to prevent them from acquiring those weapons in simple, clear, categorical language."
    - Sen. Cruz: When America Doesn't Lead the World is a More Dangerous Place - Foreign Policy Speech at Heritage Foundation - September 11, 2013 (video)
  • "His record on Israel strongly suggests that he views Israel not as our friend but as a nuisance. The U.S.-Israeli alliance is critical to our national security, but Hagel has been far too willing to undermine that alliance. He was one of only four senators who refused to sign a letter urging the president to express solidarity with Israel and condemn the Palestinian campaign of violence. And he has stated that he believes Israel has "chained down" the Palestinians"
    - Why I expect to oppose Hagel January 7, 2013
  • "Today, the legislative bodies of two of our closest allies are engaged in emergency meetings on the prospect of military engagement in Syria... In Israel, the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee is reviewing potential responses should Israel be attacked in the fallout over action in Syria."
    - Sen. Cruz Statement on Syria - The President must call a special session of Congress August 29, 2013 (202) 228-7561
  • "The United States should negotiate from a position of strength, not weakness. We should have insisted on good-faith measures before meeting with the Iranians directly, such as the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini and the acknowledgment of Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. Prime Minister Netanyahu has taken the extraordinary step of condemning what is happening in Geneva as a 'very, very bad deal.' President Obama should not abandon our friend and ally Israel, and he should not cut a deal that endangers the national security of the United States."
    - Cruz Statement on Potential U.S./Iran Deal to Lift Sanctions November 8, 2013
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement on S. 1881, The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013: "The single most important thing Congress can do to defend the national security interests of the United States is send a clear and unequivocal message that we will not tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran that would pose an existential threat to our nation, the state of Israel, and our Gulf allies in the region. The United States must lead the international community to ensure the most dangerous regime in the world does not possess the world's most dangerous weapon."
    - Cruz Statement on The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 December 20, 2013
  • "As a two-term senator and active participant in foreign policy discussions, Hagel repeatedly declined to support measures to crack down on state sponsors of terrorism, belittled the notion of using any means to prevent a nuclear Iran, advised U.S. leaders to engage in direct negotiations with rogue nations and hostile terrorist groups, and expressed remarkable antagonism towards the longstanding U.S. alliance with Israel.....And on Israel, no senator in recent times has demonstrated as much consistent antagonism as has Hagel. In 1998, he said that the U.S. had "tilted too far towards Israel in the Middle East peace process. ...In 2000, he declined to join a bi-partisan group of 96 senators (including Senators Biden and Kerry) urging President Clinton to express “American solidarity with Israel at this crucial moment, to condemn the Palestinian campaign of violence. In 2006, on the floor of the Senate, he accused Israel of carrying out a "sickening slaughter" in Lebanon (and charged Lebanon with doing the same). Also in 2006 he said "the Jewish Lobby intimidates a lot of people up here," and he boasted about his ability to resist their views. Today, he says he will strongly support Israel."
    - Chuck Hagel's confirmation-day conversion February 1, 2013

  • "If the United States was prepared to release an Iranian nuclear scientist, Mojtaba Atarodi, as a good faith gesture paving the way to direct negotiations between our two nations for the first time in more than thirty years, the Iranians should have been required to do at least as much. We should have told them up front that their detention of our citizens and hostile rhetoric against the United States and our ally Israel is unacceptable, rather than engaging, without preconditions, in a negotiation that will provide the Iranian regime substantial sanction relief while doing nothing to curb - let alone end - its pursuit of a nuclear weapon."
    - Cruz on Iranian Prisoner Abedini: Unconscionable that Top American Diplomats Did Not Mention His Name December 5, 2013
  • "All the smiling embraces between diplomats after the interim deal was signed notwithstanding, the Iranian regime remains a brutal and oppressive dictatorship that pursues nuclear weapons for the purpose of dominating the Middle East and threatening America and our allies, notably Israel. President Obama and Secretary Kerry should reconsider their policy of rapprochement with Iran that is dismaying to Jerusalem and encouraging to Tehran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted this agreement would be a 'very, very bad deal' and has now correctly identified it as an 'historic mistake.'
    - Cruz: Iranian Nuclear Deal Correctly Identified as "Historic Mistake" November 24, 2013
  • "This approach has been successfully employed by several of our strongest allies, including Israel, the United Kingdom, and Germany."
    - Stop sexual violence in the military November 20, 2013
  • "This week, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) filed a resolution, S. Res. 252, in recognition of President Obama's offer to meet with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly and the one-year anniversary of Iran's imprisonment of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen. The resolution states that it is the sense of the Senate that before any future meeting between President Obama and President Rouhani, the Government of Iran should affirm the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state, and also immediately and without conditions release all United States citizens unjustly detained as prisoners of conscience in Iran."
    - Sen. Cruz Presents Resolution Laying Out the Preconditions Iran Must Meet September 28, 2013
  • "The nomination of Samantha Power is deeply troubling. No nation has spilled more blood or sacrificed more for the freedom of others than ours, and yet Ms. Power has publicly embraced the need for America to continue apologizing to the world for perceived transgressions, going so far as to explicitly urge "instituting a doctrine of the mea culpa." She is yet another Obama nominee who has been sharply critical of our nation's strong support of Israel."
    - Sen. Cruz Statement on Nomination of Samantha Power to UN June 5, 2013
  • "On this Hanukkah, I wish our Jewish friends a happy holiday... We are grateful for the rich history the Jewish culture brings to America and to the world, and I hope you have a blessed Hanukkah season."
    - Cruz: On this Hanukkah, I wish our Jewish friends a happy holiday November 27, 2013
  • "Likewise, it appears that Jewish and pro-Israel groups were also targeted. Senior officials at IRS have known since 2011 that the agency had inappropriately flagged these groups, yet, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified - falsely - to Congress in March 2012, "There's absolutely no targeting."
    - Just tell us the truth, Mr. President May 14, 2013

  • "U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced today that he and four other Senators just completed a visit to Afghanistan and Israel. Cruz joined Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on the trip, as well as Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Deb Fischer (R-NE). During the trip, the Senators met with U.S. military personnel, military officials and political leaders to discuss political, economic and security issues affecting bilateral and regional relations. In addition to visiting troops from Texas, Sen. Cruz joined the Senators to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu..."
    - Senator Cruz Visits Afghanistan and Israel with Congressional Delegation January 14, 2013

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