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Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz has revved up his campaign to win the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential elections with a speech calling for the government to cut off funds from universities supporting the Boycott Israel (BDS) movement.

He said at an event, attended by casino magnate and Republican party backer Sheldon Adelson and where he received the Defender of Israel Award at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala.


In 2017, we need a president who will stand up directly and confront the [Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions] movement. BDS is premised on a lie and it is anti-Semitism plain and simple. And we need a president of the United States who will stand up and say if a university in this country boycotts the nation of Israel than that university will forfeit federal taxpayer dollars.

Cruz’s tough talk may have jingled Adelson’s pockets, but it also is likely to scare moderate Republicans and drive down the drain any possible support from conservative-oriented Democrats.

BDS is a major threat to Israel, although so far it is more bark than bite, but trying to stop it with a Big Brother punishing universities for boycotting Israel would be a precedent to wholesale Big Brother thought control.

The Boycott Israel movement is a campaign of thoroughly twisted and hypocritical minds, but using the government to try to choke it to death could actual anger the bigots and give BDS more oxygen. The BDS’s general failure, despite its constant threat to Israel, leads it to self-asphyxiation.

Cruz is out in far right field in the crowded Republican campaign for the party’s nominee last year. Adelson may give Cruz lots of money, but the more than $100 million wasted to support Newt Gingrich for president in 2012 could have been better invested in a poker game.

As much as pro-Israel candidates delight most Orthodox Jewish voters and the Israeli right-wing, the election in 2016 is not going to be won and lost on the economy, the earn on terror and immigration.


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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. Who wrote this article, Hilary Clinton ? It is very clear the reporter is not a fan, a fan of his disdain for the BDS, but not a fan of Cruz himself … Far right ? No my darling a conservative and a constitutionalist exactly what we need to save this country … Sounds like the Jew who wrote this article hasn’t fully converted from liberal to conservative

  2. Zealots neither stop nor give up so long as they draw breath. Ignoring them, alas, does nothing constructive.
    As for mr cruz, (no caps!) I look forward to seeing Latino voters vote and vote in force. Hard right wing Cubans might vote for him. It could be a stunner that men like him hand Texas and other states to the Democrats over the anti immigrant stance, that many Latinos find offensive. With good reason. Yes, he made the right points on BDS. It still does nothing to commend him.

  3. There comes a time when we have to rethink what you call "thought control." For the presumed sake of multiculturalism, Christianity and Judaism and avoided in public schools, but kids are learning to pray in Arabic, visit mosques, learn the 5 Pillars of Islam. They've stopped learning about our exceptionalism, our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and they're studying a whitewashed Islam, where the truth would be considered islamophobic. No one is stopping the Muslim riots on campus, the hate and taste of violence, or the rallies against Israel, but you're concerned you're going to offend these evil, hate-filled jihadists.
    If we don't fight fire with fire, we will be the first to be burned alive.

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