A crowd went crazy after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) praised Israel and – quite ironically – condemned “religious bigotry” during a speech at a conference for Middle Eastern Christians in Washington, D.C.
The reaction was more or less predictable because Cruz made a futile attempt to garner support for Israel while addressing a crowd with a considerable number of Christian attendees from the Middle East, especially Palestine.
“Tonight, we are all united in defense of Christians,” Cruz said.
“Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews. Tonight, we are all united in defense of people of good faith, who are standing together against those who would persecute and murder those who dare disagree with their religious teachings.”
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Cruz, who didn’t seem to have a prepared speech for the occasion, went on with his tirade against notorious Middle Eastern groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.
Cruz missed the hypocrisy in his words when he accused these organizations of something Israel did on an even larger scale in July and August during its so-called operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip.
“But we shouldn’t try to parse different manifestations of evil that are on a murderous rampage through the region,” Cruz said. “Hate is hate and murder is murder. Our purpose here tonight is to highlight a terrible injustice, a humanitarian crisis.”
According to the most recent estimates, the Israeli onslaught – which started on July 8 – claimed more than 70 lives in Israel and more than 2,200 Palestinian lives in the course of almost 50 days. Of those killed in Gaza, around 1,462 (or 70 percent) were civilians, among them 495 children and 253 women.
These were just some figures Cruz probably forgot to look at before uttering things that eventually got him booed off the stage.
“Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” he said, at which point members of the crowd began to yell, shouting “stop it,” until he left the stage.
Realizing the fact that no one was willing to accept his offer to support the Israeli government’s wrongdoings in the Middle East, Cruz left the angry audience with the following words:
“If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews,” he said, “then I will not stand with you. Good night and God bless.”
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EWTN News Nightly’s Jason Calvi caught the moment on camera. You can watch it in the video above.