I happen to agree. Ted Cruz would not treat Israel with the disrespect that the Obama administration has shown. We need to stand by our allies. ebarnes
* TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: In a nearly unprecedented move, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed a candidate in the 2016 race for President of the United States. Netanyahu made his announcement during an early morning press conference Friday.
Traditionally, the protocol among heads of state has been to steer clear of any and all political endorsement of other candidates or incumbent heads of state, and to not in any way be involved in the elections of other nations.
But perhaps being fueled by anger after recently learning that current U.S. President, Barak Obama has at US taxpayer expense, sent a team of his political operatives into Israel ahead of Israel’s March 17, 2015 elections in an effort to unseat Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister has broken the long standing protocol and gotten involved in the US presidential race.
The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz recently reported that a U.S. taxpayer-funded non-profit by the name of OneVoice has been working inside Israel with a campaign operation called Victory 2015 in a joint effort to unseat Prime Minster Netanyahu, who they view as being“too anti-Islam” and “too hawkish”. Spokespersons for the operations say they intend to replace Netanyahu with a more “liberally progressive” candidate who will be more accommodating to the desires of Islamic nations in the region.
In a sharply damning response to Obama’s involvement in the Israeli election, staunchly pro-Israel U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R – Texas, and Congressman Lee Zeldin, R – NY -1 sent a letter on Thursday to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that Kerry launch an investigation into Obama’s involvement and any U.S. tax dollars being used.
In the letter to Kerry, Cruz said, “Has President Obama launched a political campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his representatives?” Sen. Cruz asked. “This administration’s relentless harassment of Israel is utterly incomprehensible. The Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the deadliest weapons on the planet, and there can be no doubt that their first target will be Israel, followed by the United States. This administration should be focusing its animosity on the very real enemies we face, not on our staunch allies.”
The relationship between Obama and Netanyahu has been an icy one at best from the time Obama took office. Obama has made numerous trips to the region and seemingly snubbed the leader of America’s staunchest Ally, Israel. The U.S./Israeli relationship became extremely strained in the last few months as Obama threatened Israel with sanctions over its actions to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
But the tension came to an explosive head when recently, Speaker of the House, John Boehner issued an invitation to Netanyahu to visit the U.S. and address a joint session of Congress. The Obama administration has reportedly been livid over Boehner not going through the White House with his invitation, and Obama has refused to meet with Netanyahu during his visit.
The political fallout in the U.S. as well as around the world over Obama’s snubbing of the Israeli leader, and especially Obama’s overt campaign efforts to unseat Netanyahu has been intense. Undoubtedly, such an unprecedented endorsement will have a major affect on the presidential race as 2016 draws near. It’s as yet unclear what if any affect Obama’s efforts will have against the Prime Minister, since his (Obama’s) is not an official endorsement of an opposition candidate, though Haaretz reports that it may have a significant affect.
During his endorsement press conference, Netanyahu said that he respected long standing protocol, but that enough was enough and he had to take political action of his own. “I have been long suffering and patient with the Obama administration. For six years I have been dumbfounded at the level of incompetency, naivety, and rudeness that Obama and his administration exhibit on an almost daily basis. He (Obama) has shown nothing but contempt for Israel and the Israeli people, and shown support and given aid to our enemies. Obama broke protocol first when he sent his thugs over here to try and unseat me. I am not doing this for myself, but for the sake of Israel and the U.S. When facing a bully, there comes a point where you have to hit back, and hit hard.”
Netanyahu continued, “After serious consideration and looking over a very deep and qualified field of potential candidates, I have decided to give my support, my personal endorsement if you will, to Senator Ted Cruz. Ted has been a stalwart supporter of Israel and our people. He is one of the few leaders in the U.S. government with the intestinal fortitude to call terrorism ‘terrorism’, and directly address the threat of radical Islam and a nuclear Iran. Ted has proven to be fearless in fighting against the odds when he must, something I as the leader of a tiny nation surrounded by enemies can relate to.” He concluded, “Over the last two years Ted and I have been in regular contact, we have worked closely together on policy. To say the least, he (Cruz) has been an unwavering ally; and what’s more he’s been a true friend. I would ask the American people, and the freedom loving members of the world community to join me in supporting Ted Cruz as the next U.S President.”
Though Obama will not be on the ballot in 2016, undoubtedly his policies will, and Netanyahu’s endorsement is a clear repudiation to Obama and his legacy.