Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
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Wealthy American Jews planning their Passover vacation this spring will have a chance to hear one of Israel’s most ardent supporters – and, by extension, one of US President Barack Obama’s fiercest critics – in a resort near you.
Ted Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas who is considering a run for the presidency, is listed as a speaker in a number of high-end vacation getaways that cater to religious Jews in the United States, according to the online magazine Politico.
The appearances by Cruz and a number of prominent rabbis are being promoted by Prime Hospitality Group.
According to Politico, the speeches have been booked by resorts in Aspen; Westlake Village, California; Monarch Beach, California; and Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.
The Westlake Village event is being billed as “intimate and personal and will feature the inspiring Rabbi Eli Mansour, Rabbi Daniel Mechanic, Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, Malcolm Hoenlein and Senator Ted Cruz, surpassing all expectations.”
Cruz has been outspoken in his support of the Israeli government while denouncing the Obama administration for its policies toward Iran.
Earlier this year, he said America has no business dictating terms on issues of vital national security to Israel.
He placed the blame on the Palestinians for the recent failure of peace talks, saying “the principal impediment to peace is that, to date, the Palestinians have refused to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and have refused to renounce terror.
“Unless and until the Palestinians can agree on those very basic starting blocks, no lasting peace solution is likely,” he stated.
Cruz described Obama’s approach to Israeli-Palestinian talks as “to criticize and harangue and pressure the Israeli government.”
“The US should stand with Israel,” the senator said.