Not a day goes by that Ted Cruz doesn’t think about the Jews and Israel


JTA – King Solomon tells us in Proverbs: “The heavens are for the heights, and the earth is for the depths, and the hearts of kings no one can ponder.” It is impossible to know what kings and leaders of nations have in their hearts. With myriad pressures and responsibilities, what truly motivates them? How will they behave toward the Jewish people once they attain power?

I want to tell you about the person I have worked with closely for the past two years. Sen. Ted Cruz is not just my boss, but has become my mentor and my friend. We have traveled the country together; I have seen him in good times and bad. We have worked side by side on some of the biggest issues facing America and the world. I have watched him speak in synagogues in Los Angeles, Miami and New York; spend Passover in Texas and California; listen to the shofar, bake matzah, read the Megillah and light the menorah.

There is no greater friend of the Jewish people and of Israel.

We started together in the summer of 2014, a very bitter and difficult summer, with a war raging between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Early that summer three innocent Israeli teenagers were kidnapped in the West Bank. Senator Cruz took to the Senate floor and spoke passionately about the boys – Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah – in order to humanize them in the eyes of the world. He called upon Hamas to release them immediately. When they were subsequently found murdered, the senator sponsored legislation to offer a $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of the killers.

A few weeks later, a Hamas rocket landed a mile from Ben Gurion Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration banned all commercial flights into Israel. Senator Cruz again took to the Senate floor and demanded to know why the FAA had launched what amounted to an economic boycott of Israel while it was fighting a war in Gaza. He questioned why the ban coincided with Secretary of State John Kerry’s arrival in Israel to try and force a cease-fire. What’s more, the senator announced he would put a hold on all State Department appointees until his questions were answered.

The very next day the FAA lifted the flight ban.

That September, Senator Cruz was scheduled to speak at a dinner in Washington hosted by a group called In Defense of Christians, whose goal was to bring attention to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East by radical Islamic terrorists. As an evangelical Christian, the senator considered this an issue of deep concern.

However, on the morning of his speech, we got word that there were pro-Hezbollah speakers at the conference and that many in the crowd seemed anti-Israel. All day our office struggled with the decision of whether or not the senator should cancel his speech. Finally, the senator said: “I’m going to go and speak the truth, no matter the consequences.”

As he began his remarks, Cruz said: “Christians have no greater ally then the Jewish state. Those who hate Israel, hate America; and those who hate Jews, hate Christians.”

At that point there were boos and catcalls from the crowd. The senator continued: “If you hate the Jewish people, you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ.”

The boos worsened, and I actually became afraid for the senator’s personal safety in the hostile crowd.

Cruz then said: “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you.”

And with that he walked off the stage.

Not a day goes by that Senator Cruz does not think about the Jewish people and Israel. Whether it is putting together a coalition of evangelicals, national security experts and conservative Tea Party groups to oppose the Iran deal; working with Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to condemn Hamas for acts of terror; or fighting against the BDS movement, discriminatory labeling of products from the West Bank and global anti-Semitism, Senator Cruz has shown he is a true friend and champion of the Jewish people.

People often ask me why the senator focuses so much on these issues. I believe he relates to the struggles and hopes of the Jewish people because his father also fled oppression in a foreign country and came to America seeking freedom and opportunity. While he would never compare what his father went through to what the Jews suffered in the Holocaust, he always quotes his father as saying: “When I fled Cuba, at least we had somewhere to go. If we lose America, where do we go?” The senator believes that Israel, like America, is an important beacon for hope and freedom.

On a personal level, I have never seen Cruz lose his temper. I have seen the respect with which he treats everyone around him – whether it is his wife and daughters, his staff or a taxi driver on the street. His respect for religion enables me to thrive as an Orthodox Jew on his staff, and he makes a personal effort to ensure I get home in time for Shabbos and have kosher food wherever we travel. After a long day on the road, I will pull out my Gemarah to study, and he never fails to ask me what that day’s daf is about.

I have three young children, and I think a lot about what kind of country I want them to grow up in and who I want them to look up to as president of the United States during their most impressionable years.

America is at a crossroads. Like in 1980, when Americans rejected the failed foreign and domestic policies of Jimmy Carter and elected Ronald Reagan, we have an opportunity in this election to restore America’s leadership in the world, grow our economy and create jobs, and return our country to constitutional principles, including religious liberty.

For the first time in many years, New York is a battleground in the Republican primary. The Jewish community can play a significant role in electing Ted Cruz as the next president of the United States.

I am not a rabbinic authority and am still working on semicha, but I believe with all my heart that it is a great and important mitzvah for each and every Jew who can vote in the Republican primary to get to the polls on Tuesday and vote for the next president of the United States and my friend, Ted Cruz.

(Nick Muzin, M.D., J.D., is senior adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yale Law School, and lives in Silver Spring with his three children.)

  1. #1 by Christopher Phillips on 05/03/2016 - 9:34

    Conveniently left out is the fact that Israel persecutes Christians. Also, Israel’s constant treachery against America is also left out of this article — so disliking Israel is a reaction to treachery and not an attack on God, as Cruz believes. Finally, the “American” government constantly puts Israel’s interests before the American people’s. So to hate Israel’s government is to hate the “American” government, too. (At least Cruz was right about that comment.) As for the “teachings of Christ,” which Cruz mentions, where is his love for Israeli Christians and the American people?

  2. #2 by Mary Ann Dolce on 05/03/2016 - 9:34

    That surely says a lot. What an poor soul is that man, he should move to Israel with his whole family. They would feel right at home.

  3. #3 by Vickie Jacobs on 05/03/2016 - 9:34

    He’s a vulture and the true Christian is about to be supper for these birds.

    SNOW – Psalms 148:8

    “Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:”

    ‘SNOW’ is James Strong’s Concordance #7950/7949 and it means linen clothing
    of the slain. Psalms 51:7 (Isaiah 1:18/Job 9:30/Proverbs 25:13); “Purge me with
    hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Job
    38:22; “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? Or hast thou seen the
    treasures of the hail,”

    Proverbs 31:21; “She (the virtuous woman-church today) is not afraid of the
    snow (dying) for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.”

    Revelation 8:7; “The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire
    mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of
    trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.” Mark 8:24 tells us that
    trees are men. Revelation 9:4 is letting us know that there are two types of
    grass and one is to be burnt up (fire of tribulation) and the other is not to be
    hurt. The ones that are hurt do not have the seal of God on them. This seal is
    the correct doctrine. This is speaking to Christians since 1 Peter 4:17 is a good
    example of God’s house that is in need of correction. At Christ’s return the
    Christian should all be as those in Acts 2:1, as in all one accord. That means all
    have the same doctrines. Revelation 7:1, 2 tells us that this tribulation for the
    Christian will bring them from all over the earth to bring them to correct
    doctrine. Matthew 25:1-5 is a good example of this division and correction. One
    is sealed for the marriage but the other foolish women will now have to go find
    what they need and for them they will attend the great supper. One taken and
    one left (Matthew 24:40). Luke 17:37 then tells us where they were taken. They
    were eaten by the eagles/vultures. They are now at the great supper:

    Revelation 3:20. These eagles/vultures are metaphors for the religious
    persecution they will go through by the religion of our day. Jesus called them
    serpents/scorpions and are known by many other metaphors in scripture. They
    are the fish caught in nets; they are the white (woven/net) baskets on the
    prisoner’s head that the birds did eat (Genesis 40:17). The two prisoners in this
    story clearly show the two type Christians for our day. It can be seen throughout
    the bible. Matthew 14:17, we see five loaves and two fishes. Of these two
    groups the fish had none left over. They were completely eaten.

    Revelation 1:14; “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;
    and his eyes were as a flame of fire.” Luke 12:7 tells us who the hairs are.

    You will see his feathers fly if you are against Israel.
    Psalms 23 was then written for you.

  4. #4 by TonyFromIN on 05/03/2016 - 9:34

    Right there in your face…..
    The Gran’Pa Munster/Carl ticket is the Israel First ticket.

  5. #5 by Blake on 05/03/2016 - 9:34

    Pukefest pandering to an illegitimate entity that needs relocating to his backyard

  6. #6 by Mike on 05/03/2016 - 9:34
    Well he has more time now he has dropped out

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