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Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his presidential run yesterday at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia, and brought up foreign policy. Jerusalem Post:

Cruz  received an extended applause for criticism directed at US President Barack Obama’s relationship with Israel. “Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with Israel,” Cruz said.

NPR’s Don Gonyea:

That line generated the single biggest cheer of the speech.

The comment apparently played well in other places, too. Cruz raised half a million dollars after his announcement. NBC:

In the first day that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is an official presidential candidate, his campaign raised $500,000 – a solid haul for a candidate who is in the bottom tier of polls and has been overshadowed by prolific fundraisers former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

The totals include a fundraising event he held in New York City Monday night, just hours after delivering his announcement speech to the Christian conservative student body at Liberty University. His campaign said 60 percent of funds came from large donors and 40 percent from online donations.

Who was at that New York event? Jewish Insider yesterday did a report on “Jews4Cruz”:

Following his announcement at Liberty University in Virginia declaring his presidential bid, Ted Cruz will travel to the Upper West Side of Manhattan for a ‘mega-fundraiser’ on Monday night which, according to a source familiar with the event, will include several prominent Jewish supporters including… Weil Gotshal partner and top Romney 2012 bundler Phil Rosen, Andrew Herenstein, Mark Gerson, Nick Muzin, Raanan Agus, Rob Goldbaum, Drew Scoff, Shimon Rapps, Joe Davidson, and Trudy and Stanley Stern.

Many of these names are diehard supporters of Israel. Agus is a big deal at  Goldman Sachs, where Cruz’s wife is a partner, and has close ties to Israel and is on the board of a Zionist organization, alongside Malcolm Hoenlein and the chairman of AIPAC. Gerson heads an information services company and has written in the neoconservative Weekly Standard that hate-filled Palestinians seek to prevent Israelis from experiencing “bourgeois, Western desires.” Herenstein is a Wall Street figure whose twitter account has a video on it, “Boo Hoo Palestine,” stating that two states are a fantasy, Israel has never initiated violence against its neighbors, and “Arabs are jealous of Jews” because the Arab contribution to civilization is “virtually nil.”

Phil Rosen’s twitter profile is hardcore–

Attorney zionist love my 5 kids love Israel love America

and he’s been tweeting praise for Cruz, trashing Peter Beinart, and mocking J Street, the liberal Zionist group as anti-Israel.

Muzin is a 39-year-old doctor who turned hard to the right during the Iraq War and got married in Israel. The JTA calls him a “dynamo” and says that he engineered the rapid rise from the South Carolina statehouse to the U.S. Congress to the Senate by Tim Scott of South Carolina; Muzin helped him to love Israel more.

Cruz hired Muzin last summer as an adviser. Jewish Insider then said that Cruz was courting Israel supporters.

Cruz & Jews Continue Their Love Affair – Sen. Ted Cruz Names Nick Muzin Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy: Nick Muzin, a prominent ‘Jewish Insider,’ will join the 2016 hopeful’s team effective Monday, July 14th. “Muzin, 38, is a physician and attorney, who is currently the director of coalitions for the House Republican Conference, where he oversees strategy and outreach for the 233 Republican members of the House.

Trudy Stern came to believe in Cruz last summer after a visit to Israel. He restored her faith in the US-Israel relationship. She wrote in a Long Island publication:

Amidst all these events, I found myself in the Hamptons for the weekend. While there, I was invited to an intimate gathering to meet Ted Cruz, a Republican senator from Texas (who, rumor has it, is considering a run for the presidency). As a co-president of NORPAC and co-chair of AIPAC for the South Shore of Long Island, I have had the opportunity to meet many senators, both Republicans and Democrats. Most are good, committed people who are dedicated to the betterment of the United States and the protection of Israel. But Senator Cruz was really special…

He demonstrated a depth of knowledge of all the issues facing Israel and how they relate to America. He said that it is possible to change this course, but we need to act now. He then presented a clear path and vision to restore optimism, hope, and a safer world filled with opportunity. His delivery was articulate, well thought out, and dynamic. He was a huge inspiration to me, and for the first time since I returned from Israel, I felt that there was hope for the future, for my children and grandchildren…

As the keynote speaker for a conference held by the newly formed In Defense of Christians group, Senator Cruz was heckled for equating the Christians to the Jews in their persecution by Islamist terror groups. He responded by chastising the group for their bigotry and walking off stage. Just before exiting, he said, “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you. Good night, and God bless.” These sorts of spontaneous and instinctive actions are a window into a person’s real convictions. Ted Cruz is a true friend, and we are fortunate to have such an outspoken, articulate, and smart advocate for Israel.

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  1. pabelmont
    March 24, 2015, 1:19 pm

    Anyone got stomach pills? Feeling a bit queasy. The guy is holding a book and if I read its title right, it is: “How I Came to Love Israel and Got Buckets of Wall Street Money.” This cruise is making me sea-sick.

    • just
      March 24, 2015, 2:28 pm

      Well said, pabelmont.

      Ted Cruzio!

      Ted Cruzion came out at Falwell’s U!

      So very appropriate. Another “southern Baptist, Christian Zionist”
      (born in Calgary, Canada)

      I’ve been bothered by some commenters on sites referring to him as “brilliant”… then Max B. revealed all:

      “Moral titan Alan Dershowitz on his student: Ted Cruz was “Off the Charts Brilliant” http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2015/03/23/liberal-prof-dershowitz-cruz-charts-brilliant/ …”

      https://twitter.com/maxblumenthal

      “Herenstein is a Wall Street figure whose twitter account has a video on it, “Boo Hoo Palestine,” stating that two states are a fantasy, Israel has never initiated violence against its neighbors, and “Arabs are jealous of Jews” because the Arab contribution to civilization is “virtually nil.””

      Another hateful liar extraordinaire.

    • Curatica
      March 25, 2015, 8:46 pm

      Well said, and nice pun!

      Even without the book, this man looks repugnant and his character matches his appearance.

  2. Memphis
    March 24, 2015, 3:43 pm

    He’s Canadian LMAO. Ya’ll can keep him

    Honestly though, I have about as a much a chance of winning the Presidential nomination as this moron.

    funny that a hardcore christian channels John Lennon who said “Imagine there’s no heaven… and no religion too”

    Imagine a president who unapologetically stands up to the apartheid state of Israel. Imagine!!!

    • Shingo
      March 24, 2015, 4:54 pm

      He’s Canadian

      That would explain the likes of Stephen Harper.

      • Memphis
        March 24, 2015, 5:46 pm

        Alberta is more Texas than Texas. Cruz was born there and Harper got his political start there.

  3. just
    March 24, 2015, 4:42 pm

    “(CNN)Ted Cruz is going on Obamacare.

    The newly announced Republican presidential candidate told CNN’s Dana Bash on Tuesday that he will sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act — a law he has been on a crusade to kill.

    “We’ll be getting new health insurance and we’ll presumably do it through my job with the Senate, and so we’ll be on the federal exchange with millions of others on the federal exchange,” Cruz said.

    Asked whether he would accept the government subsidy available to lawmakers and congressional staffers for their health care coverage through the ACA, Cruz said he will “follow the text of the law.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/24/politics/ted-cruz-obamacare/index.html

  4. JLewisDickerson
    March 24, 2015, 7:22 pm

    RE: Who was at that New York event? Jewish Insider yesterday did a report on “Jews4Cruz”

    TED CRUZ + RIGHT-WING MILLION/BILLIONAIRES = HELL ON EARTH!

    • Bornajoo
      March 25, 2015, 7:01 am

      “TED CRUZ + RIGHT-WING MILLION/BILLIONAIRES = HELL ON EARTH!”

      Perfectly stated. Exactly what I was thinking JLD!

      • Shingo
        March 25, 2015, 7:06 am

        Yes he almost make Dubya look like a sensible moderate.

  5. just
    March 24, 2015, 7:47 pm

    Max Blumenthal:

    “Meet Netanyahu’s rapture ready, demon exorcising, Jew converting American allies: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/22/meet-bibi-s-new-tribulation-courting-jew-converting-demon-exorcising-american-allies.html … Rachel Tabachnick’s latest…”

    “The Daily Beast

    Meet Bibi’s New Tribulation-Courting, Jew-Converting, Demon-Exorcis…
    Benjamin Netanyahu and Christian Zionists have long enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship. But with a new, more radical sect ascending within the Christian Zionist movement, the marriage may be…”

    https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/580511000312561665

  6. JLewisDickerson
    March 24, 2015, 9:16 pm

    RE: “Amidst all these events, I found myself in the Hamptons . . .” ~ Trudy Stern

    MY COMMENT: You go, girl! I am so proud of you for finally having found yourself. Even if it was in the hoity-toity Hamptons!

    P.S. Enjoy Ted Cruz, Trudy. You truly deserve him! Truly you do, Trudy!

  7. Marnie
    March 25, 2015, 2:32 am

    Cruz’ s “unapologetic stand for Israel plays well to Virginia Christians and right wing Jews”? Doesn’t “Dixie” still play well in ol’ Virginny? The more things change, the more they stay the same. Cruz sounds just like a Christian Canadian/American version of virulent racist, Arab killer and proud of it with no apologies – Israeli Jew Naftali Bennett. Both are cartoon characters – Bennett’s prominent upper incisors like the wascally wabbit himself, Cruz’s smarmy, creepy smile like the communist/red hunting bane of the badger state, the dishonorable Sen. Joe McCarthy.

  8. just
    March 25, 2015, 7:03 am

    “In response, a spokeswoman for Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, said in an email on Tuesday, “While [Bush] respects Secretary Baker, he disagrees with the sentiments he expressed last night and opposes J Street’s advocacy.”

    “Governor Bush’s support for Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unwavering,” the email from Kristy Campbell continued, “and he believes it’s critically important our two nations work seamlessly to achieve peace in the region.””

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.648721

    • just
      March 25, 2015, 7:25 am

      Don’t you just love that Kristy only mentions that “our two nations work seamlessly to achieve peace in the region”? And again with the “unwavering” flag of support for the apartheid state and its racist, lying, and violent leader. His statement is purporting that there is no difference nor daylight between the two! The status quo will continue if he (or any republican) is elected (gak!).

      No mention of the Palestinians. But then again, what do they matter to Israelis and some (too many) Americans.

  9. eljay
    March 25, 2015, 7:35 am

    “Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with Israel,” Cruz said.

    I imagine that president to be a hateful and immoral fool, no different from the guy who stands unapologetically with the rapist even though he knows all about the rapist’s past and on-going acts of injustice and immorality.

  10. Lillian Rosengarten
    March 25, 2015, 12:04 pm

    Congratulations Cruz! You received an enthusiastic reception at Liberty U founded by Jerry Falwell. Most of your audience believe the earth is 6000 years old and dismisses global warming as a reality. A dangerous Christian Zionist your fascist sounding rhetoric sends chills thru my entire being. What amazes me are the missing voices , the news media, the voices that should reject your reactionary deadly vision of America as loudly as possible.

    • Bornajoo
      March 25, 2015, 1:09 pm

      “Congratulations Cruz! You received an enthusiastic reception at Liberty U founded by Jerry Falwell. Most of your audience believe the earth is 6000 years old and dismisses global warming as a reality. A dangerous Christian Zionist your fascist sounding rhetoric sends chills thru my entire being. What amazes me are the missing voices , the news media, the voices that should be raised raised to reject your reactionary deadly vision of America.”

      Great comment Lillian. Here’s a short video of the great Bill Hicks which is just as relevant today as it was 20 years ago

      Bill Hicks – Revelations “Fundamentalist” parts (Korean sub): https://youtu.be/vdXUPA7Lroo

    • just
      March 25, 2015, 1:25 pm

      Except for this:

      “Ted Cruz drew a crowd of 10,000 to the launch of his presidential campaign because student attendance was mandatory. A candidate who claims to love freedom spoke at a university where his audience was forced to watch him.

      According to National Journal:

      Sen. Ted Cruz took the stage to declare his presidential candidacy at Liberty University Monday, surrounded by upwards of 10,000 cheering students. They weren’t all here by choice. Attendance at convocation at Liberty is mandatory, and a group of students clad in “Stand With Rand” shirts sat center stage—directly in view of the cameras—to log their displeasure with having to be here.
      “Of course, you want it to appear as if you have a large audience,” said Eli McGowan, who organized the not-so-subtle protest. “We felt like if we didn’t wear shirts showing our true political preference then the media might think we all supported Cruz.

      “They make you come. If you don’t come, you get punished,” said Ana Delgado, a sophomore, who said students face a $10 fine for not showing up at convocation. Delgado wasn’t among those wearing Paul gear. She is undecided about who she’ll support in 2016, but she didn’t like being forced to be part of Cruz’s announcement.

      Students at Liberty University were forced to attend Ted Cruz’s launch of his presidential campaign, or they would be punished. That is Republican freedom in action. It will be interested to see what kind of crowd Cruz can draw when he is not forcing people to show up.”

      http://www.politicususa.com/2015/03/23/ted-flops-liberty-university-students-forced-attend-cruz-speech.html

  11. just
    March 25, 2015, 11:27 pm

    Oh my:

    “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who announced his candidacy for President on Monday via Twitter, is expected to speak at the Young America’s Foundation’s “New England Freedom Conference” in Nashua, New Hampshire on Friday.

    Also on the lineup is Robert Spencer, the co-founder of Stop Islamization of America and director of the Jihad Watch blog. He is notorious for his attacks on Islam. “It’s absurd” to think that “Islam is a religion of peace that’s been hijacked by … extremists,” he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. He has compared Muslims to Nazis and demanded that Muslims take a loyalty test before being appointed to public office in America. He has told reporters that Islam is here to take over America, and that President Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim. His book opens with the rallying cry of the Crusades, “God wills it!” and he calls for a second crusade against Islam.”

    http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/03/ted-cruz-GOP-presidential-candidate-robert-spencer-jihad-watch

    KKKrazy. Next up, Pammy Geller.
    ————
    btw, there’s a whole lotta bombing going on in Yemen and Iraq right now…

    “US aiding Saudi air strikes against Houthi in Yemen”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/26/saudi-arabia-begins-airstrikes-against-houthi-in-yemen

    “US warplanes begin air strikes on Isis in Iraqi city of Tikrit

    Reversal from Pentagon puts American airpower close to a supporting role for the Iranian-backed militias on the ground, at request of Iraqi prime minister”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/25/us-warplanes-air-strikes-iraqi-city-tikrit

    And then there’s bombs falling on Syria, too.

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