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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.

Ted Cruz twitter picture with Netanyahu and McConnell, in 2013

Ted Cruz twitter picture with Netanyahu and Sen. Mitch McConnell, in 2013

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.

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  1. CloakAndDagger
    CloakAndDagger on May 27, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Ted Cruz will never get elected. He is dangerous while in congress, but he will never make it to the WH.

  2. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka on May 27, 2014, 12:03 pm

    “Ted Cruz seems to believe the road to Pennsylvania Avenue runs through Jerusalem”

    Given the donkey-fellating that doubles as US foreign policy, can anyone blame him?? Everyone knows that the Zionists and their lobby have such an Alien-facehugger grip on American politics that if you have little chance of being elected here if you don’t spew the Goebbels-level pro-Zionist propaganda, like Cruz does here (“No one wants peace more than the Israelis.” Really??? Funny how the Arab Peace Plan has been out there for a decade and these supposed “peace-wanting people” haven’t accepted it. “No one lives more with the consequences of violence and terrorism than the Israelis” Really??? How about the victims of the Israelis violence and terrorism over the last 70 years?).

  3. Palikari
    Palikari on May 27, 2014, 12:05 pm

    I love Ted Cruz! I wish he was the president of the USA.

    • eljay
      eljay on May 27, 2014, 1:09 pm

      >> I love Ted Cruz! I wish he was the president of the USA.

      Of course you do. He a hateful and immoral supporter of Zio-supremacism and of Israel as an expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State”.

      • Palikari
        Palikari on May 27, 2014, 9:24 pm

        Israel is the state of the Jewish people, just like France is the state of the French people or Spain the state of the Spanish people. Thus Israel is and should be a Jewish state. Period.

      • eljay
        eljay on May 27, 2014, 9:47 pm

        >> Israel is the state of the Jewish people, just like France is the state of the French people or Spain the state of the Spanish people. Thus Israel is and should be a Jewish state. Period.

        France is the state of the French people.
        Spain is the state of the Spanish people.
        Canada is the state of the Canadian people.
        Germany is the state of the German people.
        Australia is the state of the Australian people.
        Similarly, Israel should be the state of the Israeli people.
        Period.

        “Jewish State” is, fundamentally, a religion-supremacist construct.
        No state – not even Israel – has a right to be a supremacist state.
        No people – not even Jews – are entitled to have a supremacist state.
        Period.

      • Palikari
        Palikari on May 28, 2014, 1:34 am

        And the Israeli people is the Jewish people. We Jews are the people of Israel. Also, according to you and the anti-Israel crowd, all Arabs (including Arab-Israelis) are part of the so called “Palestinian people”. You guys the firsts assuming that Israel = Jewish.

        A state belongs to its people. Is that “supremacism”? Israel is the state of the people of Israel, the Jewish people.

        You’ve got a big mental diarrhea and a very disjointed thinking.

      • Hostage
        Hostage on May 28, 2014, 12:21 pm

        And the Israeli people is the Jewish people.

        Then Israel isn’t at all like France or Spain. Neither of those countries exclude any of the indigenous groups.

        Also, according to you and the anti-Israel crowd, all Arabs (including Arab-Israelis) are part of the so called “Palestinian people”.

        We also include Arabic speaking indigenous Jews as part of the Palestinian people. There were even Zionist immigrants who were assimilated Palestinians. They opposed the establishment of a separate “Jewish State” in Palestine.

        A state belongs to its people. Is that “supremacism”?

        If you are trying to dominate and deny indigenous Palestinians and their posterity equal rights and drive them off their ancestral lands in order to accommodate alien Jewish colonization, then yes, that’s the crime of apartheid dummy.

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye on May 27, 2014, 10:02 pm

        France/French
        Spain/Spanish
        Israel/ISRAELI

        England/English
        Etc.

        How do you get to ‘Jewish’ from Israel?

      • eljay
        eljay on May 28, 2014, 1:31 pm

        >> And the Israeli people is the Jewish people.

        No, the Israeli people are the Israeli people.

        >> We Jews are the people of Israel.

        Israel’s Jewish citizens, immigrants, ex-pats and refugees are the people of Israel.

        Israel’s non-Jewish citizens, immigrants, ex-pats and refugees are also the people of Israel.

        >> A state belongs to its people. Is that “supremacism”?

        Not at all. But you don’t advocate for Israel belonging to all Israelis – you advocate for Israel belonging to Jewish Israelis and non-Israeli Jews. That is supremacism.

        >> Israel is the state of the people of Israel, the Jewish people.

        Israel is the state of the people of Israel – the Israeli people.

      • RoHa
        RoHa on May 27, 2014, 10:55 pm

        “Israel is the state of the Jewish people, just like France is the state of the French people or Spain the state of the Spanish people.”

        Spain is not the state of the Spanish people. It is the state of Spain that makes the people Spanish. Spanish people are Spanish because they are citizens of Spain.

        If the state of Spain ceased to exist, as Yugoslavia ceased to exist, there would be no more Spanish people just as there are no more Yugoslavs.

      • Palikari
        Palikari on May 28, 2014, 1:42 am

        LOL! Spain is one of Europe’s oldest nations, it’s not just a state. Spaniards are a people.

        I’m freaking out. A guy denies the existence of the Jewish people, you deny the existence of the Spanish people. What’s next? I see this the site of all kind of negationists!

        Spain has nothing to do with Yugoslavia.

      • pjdude
        pjdude on May 27, 2014, 11:27 pm

        You say that and your to blind to note the problem. That israeli is openly not a state for israeli but jews. It completely different France and Spain Are for all their citizens. And their is no jewish people it’s a religion whose followers believe a book changes blood

      • eljay
        eljay on May 28, 2014, 1:21 pm

        >> I’m freaking out.

        Ziocaine™ will do that to you.

        >> I see this the site of all kind of negationists!

        Says the guy who negates Israel as the country of and for all of the Israeli people – citizens, immigrants, ex-pats and refugees – equally.

      • RoHa
        RoHa on May 28, 2014, 8:20 pm

        “Spain is one of Europe’s oldest nations, it’s not just a state. Spaniards are a people.”

        What is the difference between a nation and a state?

        You don’t know anything about Spain, do you? Modern Spain is compounded of Aragon (which included the Balearic Islands), Castile (including the Canaries), Navarre, and Granada. They were finally combined into a single kingdom around 1500.

        In the modern administrative divisions, the Catalonians, Galicians, and Basques call themselves “nationalities”. Are they part of the Spanish people? If so, it is by being citizens of Spain. What else would make them part of the Spanish people?

        Do, please, tell us what, aside from citizenship, makes a particular group of individuals a “people”. So far, no Zionist has been able to give a coherent answer to this question. That makes me suspect that when you talk of “peoples” you are just tossing out meaningless buzzwords.

      • talknic
        talknic on May 27, 2014, 11:41 pm

        Palikari “Israel is the state of the Jewish people, just like..”

        France = French // Spain = Spanish

        Mmmmmm. What’s “just like” about “Israel is the state of the Jewish people”?

        “Thus Israel is and should be a Jewish state”

        No pal by your own logic Israel = state of the Israeli people

        ziocaine fries the brain

  4. David Doppler
    David Doppler on May 27, 2014, 12:08 pm

    Ah, the new Zionist horses, Cruz and Perry. That should ride well among academics and progressives. But they’ll have to climb over Christie first.

    • on May 27, 2014, 6:55 pm

      Do you get the feeling that Cruz is too late to the party with his on bended knee posture before the Zionist Lobby? Or am I just engaging in wishful thinking?

  5. amigo
    amigo on May 27, 2014, 1:11 pm

    Given the level of hubris coming from this zionist ass kisser, it,s not difficult to imagine how soon the USA would be in another war on behalf of it,s most bestest friend in the ME.

    Never ye mind the spying or the insults or the interminable interference in the affairs of a sovereign State.

    Once more into the breach for Is-roy-el.

  6. Hostage
    Hostage on May 27, 2014, 2:24 pm

    Ted Cruz seems to believe the road to Pennsylvania Avenue runs through Jerusalem

    Other conservatives have claimed that Capitol Hill is Israeli-occupied territory. Netanyahu won’t publish a map of the proposed borders of Israel, so it’s hard to say whether or not he and Adelson consider the White House to be “disputed territory” too;-)

  7. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw on May 27, 2014, 2:46 pm

    “and that Cruz bashed the Palestinians and Obama on arriving there”. Isn’t there a law in the US which forbids elected US representatives from criticizing US policy when abroad? I am usually against the death penalty for traitors, but I could easily agree with Karl Malden in relation to Senator Cruz’s behavior, when in the film One -eyed Jacks he said to Marlon Brando “we are going to give you a fair trial, and then we are going to hang you”.

  8. Citizen
    Citizen on May 27, 2014, 3:46 pm

    These type of opportunist non-Jews, so full of how to get proven big Zionist campaign dollars, are the absolute bottom of US ethics and morality.

  9. ThorsteinVeblen2012
    ThorsteinVeblen2012 on May 27, 2014, 4:16 pm

    Every time I see a picture of Ted Cruz

    I see the image of an earnest young

    Joe McCarthy

  10. just
    just on May 27, 2014, 5:43 pm

    Yech.

    Papa Cruz:

    “WASHINGTON – The father of United States Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has stated that he considers religion and government “interrelated.”

    At an event sponsored by the Family Research Council and featuring various notable conservative Christian leaders, Pastor Rafael Cruz told The Christian Post that religion and politics are connected. Cruz compared the fate of the United States to that of Ancient Israel when it came to the relationship between religious belief and public policy.

    “When Judah had a righteous king or Israel had a righteous king, the whole country followed the Lord. When Israel or Judah had a wicked king, the whole country went to idolatry,” said Cruz.

    “As the government went, so went the people … I think we cannot separate politics and religion; they are interrelated. They’ve always been interrelated.””

    (and)

    “For his remarks delivered Thursday afternoon, Cruz was introduced by none other than his son, Senator Cruz. The younger Cruz spoke about his father’s background and about the need to change the direction of the country.

    “He’s led a life where freedom has been very real and desperate,” stated Cruz, describing the brutal treatment his father endured in 1950s Cuba while fighting in the Revolution.

    In his remarks to CP and to those gathered at the Briefing, Pastor Cruz stressed the need for evangelical Christians to be more involved in the political process.

    Cruz cited a statistic reportedly showing that of American evangelicals, only a quarter of them vote in elections.

    “That really put a burden in my heart because if Christians are not voting, how can we exercise our rights as citizens?” said Cruz to CP.”

    (from the Christian Post)

    *be very afraid*

    • RoHa
      RoHa on May 27, 2014, 7:13 pm

      ‘”When Judah had a righteous king or Israel had a righteous king, the whole country followed the Lord. When Israel or Judah had a wicked king, the whole country went to idolatry,” said Cruz.

      “As the government went, so went the people … I think we cannot separate politics and religion; they are interrelated. They’ve always been interrelated.”’

      But he is begging the question. “Following The Lord” is a religious goal, not a political goal. Inserting that as a touchstone of political success assumes the connection he wants to prove.

      Philosophers, both secular and religious, assume that ethics and politics are related. We expect political goals to be moral, and so urge the Rectification of Names and maintenance of the Five Relationships. Then, when the Emperor faces South, there will be harmony and prosperity throughout the land.

  11. just
    just on May 27, 2014, 6:50 pm

    Every single pol who courts and is subservient to Israel should be held at arm’s length and scrutinized.

    It’s as bad as holding dual citizenship– maybe worse.

    “The current oath was enacted in 1884:

    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. ”

    http://uspolitics.about.com/od/usgovernment/a/oaths_of_office_4.htm

    Teddie is Canadian and US…….

  12. Citizen
    Citizen on May 27, 2014, 7:39 pm

    Here’s the same interviewer, interviewing Hillary Clinton on Israel before Hillary lost to Obama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6554mxVMGi4

    Watch for more of the same as Hillary tries once again to be the first female in the White House.

    I predict she will win, based solely on women and minority voters. And so, I predict she will be uttering more hasbara, which can entertain us all as we watch the bouncing boilerplate hasbara ball in her flexing mouth.

  13. Citizen
    Citizen on May 27, 2014, 7:49 pm

    Ted visits Israel (again), setting the stage for his 2016 run for POTUS: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/05/in-israel-ted-cruz-blasts-palestinians-and-obama-administration.html/

    He goes where the campaign cash is, eh?

  14. ritzl
    ritzl on May 28, 2014, 12:09 am

    I give it two more presidential election cycles (2024), or one “small” war, for this explicit interference in US politics by and/or on behalf of, Israel becomes a core campaign issue. There’s too much insistence that US voter needs be subordinated to Israel to go undiscussed (it’s already widely noticed down here) for much longer.

    The Netanyahu-Romney partnership showed it as a direct, external effort. Christie pulled back the curtain a little on the more insidious, internal, monied effort with his immediate, unpresidential, yanked-chain backtrack on simple wording (not even policy). They all pay homage to Netanyahu/Israel/a foreign country. Every time someone sees one of these rapidly-proliferating Israel-based photo ops it reminds them of the last one they saw, and how recently they saw it.

    It was heartening to see the UMich (iirc) SJP differentiate their potential leaders by getting SGA candidates to take a “no junket to Israel” pledge – and some/many did. These are the people that are going to be running this country in another few years (SGA- and SJP-types). If it’s an acceptable issue to them now, it will be in the future. Maybe even a principle to campaign on given any (the?) success of the tactic as they form their political personas. I hope it becomes a successful and widely-used tactic.

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