Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday spoke before Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn shortly after baking Passover matzah, in a pledge of support for the Jewish community and a call for votes ahead of the New York caucus.
Cruz, who recently claimed a "turning point" in the Republican presidential elections after he soundly defeated Donald Trump in Wisconsin, was speaking at an event of the Russian American Jewish Experience (RAJE).
Sporting a stylish red kippah emblazoned with his name, he spoke about the approaching Passover holiday and "God's saving the people of Israel."
"Sometimes people ask why did this Texas Cuban Southern Baptist become one of the leading defenders of Israel in the Senate? And I think a lot of it has to do with being the son of an immigrant who fled Cuba, who was imprisoned, who was tortured," he said, relating with his largely Russian Jewish audience.
Noting on Hamas rocket attacks against Israel, he said, "let me say this as an American, God bless Prime Minister (Binyamin) Netanyahu, a voice of clarity in a time of confusion, in a time of foolishness, in a time when the United States is sending $100 billion to the Ayatollah Khamenei."
"After these seven long years of an administration that turns a blind eye and a cold shoulder to Israel, in January 2017 that will end," he promised.
Cruz also noted on Trump's comments according to which he will be "neutral" in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.
"We are not neutral between our friends and our enemies, we are not neutral between police officers and bank robbers – well, the mayor may be," he said, in a jab at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Cruz has promised to be a strong supporter of Israel as president. Just this Tuesday video was released of his father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, speaking at an event in February in which he declared that the very "foundation of America and the American Constitution was the Torah."
Pastor Cruz added that his son "will not fund the United Nations, until they stop supporting BDS and anti-Semitism.”