Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) accused President Biden Monday of displaying “weakness” towards Israel’s enemies hours after tweeting “heartbreaking” photographs of damage from a lethal rocket attack.
“The longer Joe Biden shows weakness to Hamas or Hezbollah or Iran, the more you’re going to see terrorist attacks escalating,” Cruz informed the Associated Press after spending Monday touring Israel’s Iron Dome protection system and and viewing damage in the port metropolis of Ashkelon, simply eight miles from the border with the Gaza Strip.
“Appeasing terrorists doesn’t produce peace,” added Cruz, whose remarks broke with the once-customary apply of refraining from discussing home politics whereas abroad, notably concerning the sitting president.
Earlier, Cruz tweeted out a collection of footage displaying the destroyed dwelling of an aged Ashkelon resident.
“Heartbreaking. Countless times, I’ve seen a Mezuzah hanging on a door frame,” Cruz captioned the primary picture he posted. “This is the first time I’ve seen one on a home bombed by terrorists.”
The senator famous that the rocket strike killed the girl’s caretaker. A subsequent tweet from Cruz confirmed the girl’s walker standing amid the rubble of the home. A 3rd tweet confirmed extra photographs of the damage.
Cruz, together with fellow Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republicans Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, arrived in Israel Sunday to survey the damage from the 11-day battle, which ended with a ceasefire May 21.
Hamas had fired over 4,000 rockets towards Israeli cities through the preventing, whereas Israeli warplanes struck some 1,000 targets in Gaza. Nearly 300 folks have been killed in the preventing, the overwhelming majority of them Palestinians in Gaza. Israeli officers blame Hamas for the excessive toll because the militant group launches assaults from civilian areas. Israel’s army additionally contends that many of the victims Hamas claims to be civilians are literally militants themselves.
Hagerty, who joined Cruz in the interview, additionally criticized the Biden administration for pledging roughly $360 million in support to the Palestinians, together with cash to assist restore conflict damage in Gaza.
“Any monies that go to the Gaza Strip that are quote-intended for infrastructure can be easily diverted by Hamas,” Hagerty stated.
Meanwhile, Graham met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nenanyahu, who faces a battle for his political life this week as one-time allies try and forge a coalition to take away him from workplace.
“There is no person who has done more for Israel than him,” Netanyahu stated of Graham in a tweet. “I would like to thank him for everything he has done over the years on Israel’s defense and security issues, as well as on the Iranian issue. Lindsey is a devoted friend and an excellent ally. Welcome to Israel!”
In an accompanying picture, a smiling Graham held up an indication studying, “More for Israel”.
With Post wires