Ted Cruz brought down the house at the annual AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday, interrupted by several standing ovations in what has to be considered one of his most powerful and important speeches of the campaign season.
In a Churchillian tone, Cruz pulled no punches, coming out of the gate with some history education for current GOP frontrunner, bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump.
“I’m thrilled to be here with you today. And let me say at the outset — perhaps to the surprise of the previous speaker — Palestine has not existed since 1948,” Cruz said with his opening line to uproarious applause.
Cruz was sharp, focused, and masterful in grasping and communicating Jewish history and the nation of Israel, as well as the challenges and risks imposed by radical Islamic terrorism in general and the rogue terrorist country of Iran, specifically.
He did manage to add some levity to an otherwise serious speech, making light of the endorsement he recently received from Senator Lindsey Graham, who he as battled with in the U.S. Senate, and unlike Cruz is considered part of the GOP establishment.
“Just today, my colleague Lindsey Graham very kindly hosted an event for me here — which should allay any doubts anyone might have that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob can still do miracles.”
Graham’s dislike for Cruz is so strong that he recently joked that, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.”
Ted Cruz issued a strong message to Iran, saying that as president, “Either you will shut down your nuclear program, or we will shut it down for you.”
“Weakness is provocative,” Cruz said, a message completely to the opposite of the Obama regime. “Appeasement increases the chance of military conflict.”
Cruz noted that unlike Donald Trump, he will not remain neutral, but will unapologetically support America’s greatest ally in the Middle East, and made comparisons between the two countries.
Ted Cruz gave a stern warning to the Iranian leader who he called the leading sponsor of terrorism in the world, saying that if Iran continues to test missiles, under a Cruz presidency, they will be immediately shot down by U.S. Military.
“In a mockery of this Iranian nuclear deal, Iran has continued with missile tests, including launching a missile with the words printed in both Hebrew and Farsi, ‘Israel should be wiped from the earth.
Hear my words, Ayatollah Khomeini: If I am president, and Iran launches a missile test, we will shoot that missile down.”
He explained a major difference between Donald Trump and himself in regards to the “catastrophic” Obama-Kerry Iran deal, stating that he promised he would “rip to shreds” the deal while Trump is of the opinion that he can negotiate a better deal with the terrorist state.
“The nation of Israel, like America, is a beacon of light unto the world,” he proclaimed. “And I am convinced after this election, the American people will stand and say together, ‘Never again means never again,'” he predicted.