Texas Senator and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz announced on Sunday the formation of a “Jewish leadership coalition” made up of three dozen American Jewish leaders who have lent their support to the Cruz campaign.
The announcement came on the heels of NORPAC President Ben Chouake’s endorsement of Cruz last week. NORPAC is one of America’s largest non-partisan pro-Israel political action committees.
Other members of the new leadership coalition include Yeshiva University Director Rabbi Zev Reichman; Sarah Stern, President of the Endowment for Middle East Truth; Shabtai Society founder Rabbi Shmully Hecht; and Michael Ledeen of the Foundation for Defense of Democracy.
Last December Cruz won the backing of 25 Orthodox rabbis from around the United States.
Cruz, who has emphasized his pro-Israel credentials, was one of the most vocal opponents of last year’s Iran nuclear deal, headlining a demonstration against the deal in Washington alongside Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.
In February he attacked Trump over the latter’s pledge to remain “neutral” towards Israel and the Palestinian Authority, arguing that America must stand “unapologetically with the nation of Israel” against terrorism.