Senator Ted Cruz is widely believed to have presidential ambitions. Which is to say, he’s back in Israel. He brags about his three trips to Israel in an interview with Israeli TV above.
Cruz: No one wants peace more than the Israelis. No one lives more with the consequences of violence and terrorism than the Israelis… As long as the Palestinians refuse to renounce terrorism and as long as the Palestinians refuse to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, there will be no lasting peace accord…
Far too often, the president has blamed and hectored and criticized the government of Israel. And at the same time, far too often, the president of the United States has shown weakness and appeasement to common enemies of Israel and America, most notably the government of Iran…
The United States has no business trying to force a desired outcome on the nation of Israel.
The Dallas Morning News‘s Todd Gillman says it’s Cruz’s third trip to the country since being elected in 2012, and that Cruz bashed the Palestinians and Obama on arriving there.
Visiting Israel, Sen. Ted Cruz placed blame Monday for the recent failure of peace talks squarely on Palestinians, and their refusal to renounce terror and to affirm Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state….
He criticized the U.S. administration for pressuring Israel on the issue of settlements in the Palestinian territory.
Cruz’s first trip to Israel was after he got elected to the Senate in December 2012. Then he went again in January 2013, Gillman again:
A week after taking office, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz headed to Israel on an unannounced congressional delegation trip, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Cruz posted a photo on his Twitter account this afternoon, showing himself, McConnell and other freshmen Republican senators meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces Jan. 22 elections…
Cruz, who took office Jan. 3, is a new member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and this was his second trip in a month to Israel.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s been there a lot, by the way.
And a couple weeks back Cruz called on John Kerry to resign for saying Israel might be headed toward an apartheid future.
From Mike Allen’s Politico playbook, emailed to reporters, describing Cruz’s trip. He’s going to the Golan Heights and meeting rightwing politicians.
2016 – CRUZ IN ISRAEL TODAY – Release: “Sen. Ted Cruz … will travel to Israel, Ukraine, Poland, and Estonia where he will meet with leaders and influencers … to listen to their concerns, ideas, and expertise, learn more about the situation on the ground, and visit key cultural sites. … Cruz will host a conference call Wednesday evening … to update media on his trip to date. Call information will be provided Wednesday morning. Please RSVP to [Cruz press office] by 5:00 PM ET [TODAY] if you would like to receive call information.”
–“Israel: Meeting with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein … tour of the Knesset … Meeting with Israel Defense Minister … Meeting with Opposition Leader Bogie Herzog … Meeting with Israel Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz and General Yossi Kuperwasser … Tour of Golan Heights … Meeting with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu … Roundtable meeting with Israeli students followed by media availability with local press.