Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed President Biden for showing “weakness” in going too easy on Israel’s enemies and “emboldening” Hamas, tweeting “heartbreaking” images of the damage he saw touring the Jewish State devastated by the recent 11-day deadly rocket attacks.
“The longer Joe Biden shows weakness to Hamas or Hezbollah or Iran, the more you’re going to see terrorist attacks escalating,” Cruz told the Associated Press after touring Israel’s Iron Dome defense system and viewing the damage in the port city of Ashkelon, a city just less than 10 miles away from the border of the Gaza Strip.
“Appeasing terrorists doesn’t produce peace,” Cruz added.
Cruz also sharply criticized the president for providing nearly $360 million of U.S. humanitarian aid to Palestinians, arguing the US. doesn’t owe Palestinians any aid given the danger of the money being actually flow to the militant group.
Cruz tweeted out a series of pictures showing the destroyed home of an elderly Ashkelon resident that was bombed out from Israel’s 11-day war with Hamas.
“Heartbreaking. Countless times, I’ve seen a Mezuzah hanging on a door frame,” Cruz captioned the first of three thread posts he tweeted. “This is the first time I’ve seen one on a home bombed by terrorists.”
2/x Here’s her walker. pic.twitter.com/zUvMZyj4kn
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 31, 2021
A subsequent tweet from Cruz’s three-part thread showed a picture of the woman’s walker standing amid the rubble of the house. The final tweet thread from Cruz shows more images he took of the damage.
The Texas Senator also shared a video Tuesday morning to his Twitter account showing him amid the rubble of a destroyed home in Israel. Cruz noted that the rocket strike from Hamas duringthe 11-day conflict, which ended with a ceasefire on May 21, saying the home “bombed by terrorists” killed the woman’s caretaker.
“We’re at a home in Ashkelon in southern Israel. This is a home where an elderly woman and her caretaker were when Hamas rocket came and hit the home,” Cruz said in the 50-second video. “They got the warning that the rocket was coming. She evacuated, her caretaker didn’t make it out. Her caretaker was killed right here. You can see the damage of the rocket going over here. The rocket came through the roof of the house, destroyed the roof of the house. Back of the house, you can see, this is all of the damage that came from one Hamas rocket. One terrorist who murdered a woman here in Ashkelon.”
A trio of GOP senators — Cruz, along with Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, all of whom serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, touched down in Israel went to Israel during Memorial Day weekend, touring the damage caused by the recent bloody conflict with Hamas and affirming U.S support for the Jewish state.
Cruz, before leaving D.C., told the Washington Free Beacon that he organized the trip “to hear and see firsthand what our Israeli allies need to defend themselves, and to show the international community that we stand unequivocally with Israel.”
“Far too many Democrats morally equivocated between Israel and the terrorists attacking them, and fringe progressive Democrats went even further with wild accusations and conspiracy theories,” Cruz said in the interview with Washington Free Beacon.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Cruz and Hagerty and shared the visit in a Tuesday post from Bibi’s official government Twitter account along with an image of him and the two GOP Senators.
Hagerty said he planned to speak with Israeli political leaders about what steps the U.S could take to strengthen the Abraham Accords, a series of U.S. normalization agreements brokered by former president Trump last year that normalized relations between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain over the last 25 years since Jordan in 1994. Trump also helped both Sudan and Morocco establish full diplomatic relations with Israel, becoming the third and fourth Arab nation to move toward normalization with Israel, all occurring within four short months.
During the 2020 campaign trail, Biden vowed if elected that he planned to “build on” the Trump administration’s efforts, as he attempted to seize efforts to take credit for the historic news.
However, the deal is looking to be in turmoil due to Biden currently looking to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, with his administration kicking off indirect talks through intermediaries officials earlier in April.
The Tennessee senator said his trip to the Jewish State was to “see firsthand what more the US can do to strengthen our vital alliance with Israel at a time when terrorists like Hamas and Hezbollah and terror-sponsoring regimes in Iran and Syria are making the Middle East more dangerous.”
Meanwhile, Graham met with Netanyahu separately, as the Israeli leader is currently facing a battle for his political life this week as one-time allies attempt to forge a coalition to remove him from office.
“There is no person who has done more for Israel than him,” Netanyahu said 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!”
The conflict broke out on May 10 when Hamas, an Islamic fundamentalist offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood launched a barrage of rockets at Jerusalem causing the 11 days of unrest before a ceasefire was reached, being fully brokered with the help of Egypt.
During the 11-day conflict, the worst fighting between Israel and the terror group since their 2014 war, Hamas is said to have fired over 4,000 rockets toward the Jewish State with Israel’s Iron Dome defense system intercepted many of the rockets. Israeli warplanes also struck nearly 1,000 targets in Gaza.
The brutal conflict caused nearly 300 people killed from the fighting, including 65 children and 39 women, the vast majority of Palestinians from Gaza with 1,710 people wounded, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. In Isreal, only 12 people were killed, including two children and one IDF soldier. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency says tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced from their homes.
Israel’s military also contends that many of the victims Hamas claims to be civilians are actually militants themselves.