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Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday that President Biden’s name should be written on the Hamas rockets fired into Israel as he bashed the administration’s stance on the conflict in Gaza.
Cruz (R-Texas) noted Hamas had fired a reported 4,000 rockets in Israel since tensions escalated earlier this month during an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity.”
“And every one of those rockets might as well have Joe Biden’s name written on the side of it,” Cruz said.
“Because it is his weakness, his appeasement, his moral relativism and ambiguity, his lack of backbone to stand up and stand with Israel that is causing this war in the Middle East.”
Amid ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip, Biden has pushed Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a de-escalation “on the path to a case-fire,” according to a White House readout of a discussion between the two leaders.
“Rather than lecturing Netanyahu, rather than being arrogant and attacking our friends, he ought to say America stands unequivocally with Israel,” Cruz told host Sean Hannity. “Period. The end.”
“The Hamas terrorists need to stop right now Israel has an absolute right to defend itself,” Cruz went on.
“If Hamas terrorists attack Israel they will be dealt with and they will be killed.”
Biden is facing increasing pressure from some progressive Democrats to take a harder line against Israel, as civilian Palestinians are killed in the ongoing violence.
A group of congress members led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) is pushing to block the Biden administration from selling $732 million in arms to Israel.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) pushed Biden in a brief conversation at a Detroit airport on Tuesday. The White House should do more to protect Palestinian lives, Tlaib said, according to an aide’s comments on NPR.
“Palestinian human rights are not a bargaining chip and must be protected, not negotiated,” the aide said.
“The U.S. cannot continue to give the right-wing Netanyahu government billions each year to commit crimes against Palestinians. Atrocities like bombing schools cannot be tolerated, much less conducted with U.S.-supplied weapons,” the aide told NPR.
But Cruz said on Hannity he was on the other side of the issue, and criticized Biden for what he said was a friendly approach to countries he did not view as allies like China, Russia and Iran.
“Our friends and allies, the people we should be standing alongside and he’s alienating, undermining, insulting, lecturing and attacking,” Cruz said.
“Our enemies, the people who want to kill us, he’s sending money to, supporting, praising and kissing their rear ends.”
Cruz’s appearance on the talk show came the same day as the US took action to lift sanctions against a company building a controversial pipeline connecting Russia to Germany. Biden had stopped the Keystone Pipeline XL from being built in the US.
“Basically what Joe Biden has decided is pipelines in America: bad, jobs in America: bad, pipelines in Russia: good, jobs in Russia: good,” Cruz said.
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