Eugen Gluck and Ted Cruz
Sheldon Adelson and Dr. Joseph Frager
James Tisch and Heidi Cruz
Morton Klein, Ted Cruz and Alan
Alan Dershowitz, Dr. Joe Frager and
Ted Cruz and Ruben Margules
Ted Cruz Gets Dershowitz To Help
On His Cruise To The White House
ITH his eye on the White House,
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas breezed into Manhattan’s Grand
Hyatt to wow some 1,100 New Yorkers with his pumped up support
for Israel. The Republican presidential wannabe was the most
exciting entrée that president Mort Klein dished up at
his Zionist Organization of America dinner.
In November the ballroom rocked with
chants of "RUN TED RUN! RUN TED RUN!" If these hordes of
inspirited supporters would calmly pass the pushka to
help fill Cruz’s coffers, it would definitely invigorate his
presidential campaign. Cheerleading burnishes the ego, but
barrels of shekels churn out the votes.
That’s why Cruz was cruising the
Jewish rightwing at the ZOA affair. The tea party darling rubbed
shoulders with such major machers as real estate
mogul/media honcho Mortimer Zuckerman, deep pocketed
Michael Steinhardt, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson
(reportedly the largest donor to GOP causes in 2012),
megaphilanthropist Ira Leon Rennert, as well as "Kosher
Sex" Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and Home Depot founder
Alan Dershowitz, who said he’s
here as "a liberal Democrat and Zionist," lauded his former
Harvard law student: "Senator Cruz was one of my most brilliant
students, an intellectual powerhouse. Even though we don’t agree
on many issues, we agree on Israel."
Cruz’s rejoinder: "Alan Dershowitz was
an incredible teacher who fiercely defends his principles, even
when he’s wrong."
Dershowitz recalled "a great moment in
modern American history" when Cruz rebuked a Christian advocacy
group, In Defense of Christians (IDC), in September at a hotel
in Washington. As the keynote speaker, Cruz attempted to support
Israel when some Arab Christians heckled and booed and compelled
him to cut his comments. "If you hate Israel, you hate America,"
Cruz shot back. He added, "If you will not stand with Israel and
the Jews, I will not stand with you," and exited the ballroom in
Playing to the more welcoming ZOA
crowd in New York, Cruz stated, "Jerusalem is the holy and
eternal capital of Israel!" Cheers erupted from the audience. In
fact, almost every statement elicited roars of approval.
An animated Cruz continued. "There is
no equivalence between Jews being murdered and Palestinians
being killed as a result of Israeli action in dealing with
The biggest threat to Israel and the
United States, he insisted, is Iran’s rush to nuclear
capability. "We are repeating the mistakes we made with North
Korea, recruiting the same official from that debacle, Wendy
Sherman, to negotiate another bad deal. If they ever acquire
nuclear weapons — these zealots who glorify death and suicide —
they will use those weapons over Tel Aviv and Los Angeles. They
have a plan to annihilate the nation of Israel. This is lunacy.
"Under no circumstances will Iran be
allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon. Iran will either stop or we
will stop them."
Pastor John Hagee, head of
Christians United for Israel, with two million members, and
pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio with 20,000 members,
had a message for President Barak Obama:
"Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital for 3,000 years. Telling
Israel what it can and cannot do in Jerusalem is above your pay
And he had a message for Secretary of
State John Kerry: "Your efforts to win the Nobel Prize at
Israel’s expense have failed. It’s now time to cut off all aid
to the Palestinians. A culture that celebrates the murder of
three Israeli students — and four rabbis in a synagogue — is not
worthy of statehood. That must not go unanswered."