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The Israeli media have finally discovered that the U.S. presidential election campaign has more candidates than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
On Friday, The Jerusalem Post, the leading English newspaper in Israel, printed no less than three articles dealing with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the GOP candidate who until now had been shunned by the Israeli media.
Melanie Phillips, the famous British journalist who wrote the bestseller “The World Upside Down,” dedicated her column to the question of whether there really was no alternative to Trump and Clinton. Phillips, who is Jewish, came to the conclusion that the West needs a leader with “biblically faithful Christian belief” and that leader is Cruz.
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Caroline Glick, The Post’s star columnist and one of Israel’s most respected political analysts, wrote that Cruz is Obama’s real nemesis. “If he is elected, he will implement policies that will unravel Obama’s legacy,” according to Glick.
The third article was written by Nick Muzin, a senior Cruz adviser, and was titled “Why it is a mitzvah (Biblical command) for every Jew to vote for Ted Cruz.”
He wrote that there is no greater friend of the Jewish people and Israel than Cruz and gave examples of political actions that the Texas senator initiated to help Israel.
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For example, it was Cruz who has sponsored legislation to offer a $5 million reward for information that could lead to the arrest of the killers of three boys who were kidnapped and later murdered by a Hamas cell in Judea.
Muzin also relayed how Cruz was heckled by a pro-Palestinian and pro-Hezbollah crowd during a conference organized by In Defense of Christians that dealt with the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
Cruz started his address to the hostile crowd by emphasizing that Christians had “no greater ally than the Jewish state” and said that those who hate Israel also hate America and those who hate Jews also hate Christians. The crowd reacted with catcalls and boos, but Cruz remained unfazed and said: “If you hate the Jewish people, you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ.”
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Muzin, who has worked with Cruz for several years, wrote that the senator from Texas follows the biblical commandment “tzedek tzedek tirdof,” using the Hebrew expression for “justice, justice you shall pursue” and said that his boss has “no patience for lies or falsehoods of any kind.” He added that he had never seen Cruz lose his temper or treat somebody without respect.
“Ted is a model of mentshlechkeit (the quality of compassion or consideration for others). I have three young children, and I think a lot about what kind of country I want them to grow up in; who I want them to look up to as president of the United States during their most impressionable years,” Muzin wrote.
Phillips, who doesn’t know Cruz personally and lives most of the time in the United Kingdom, also heaped praise on the senator and wrote, “Of all candidates, Cruz is the only one who takes Israel’s part with the greatest clarity, passion and absence of any equivocation.”
She noted that there is an even more important factor about Cruz that has importance beyond America’s domestic politics.
That factor has to do with what King Abdullah of Jordan calls the “Third World War,” the great struggle between Islamist forces and the civilized world.
Phillips quoted one of Cruz’s remarks during the In Defense of Christians conference:
The very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.
“Unlike other politicians,” she wrote, “Cruz puts Jews and Christians, Israel and the West, together. He joins up the dots because he sees the wider picture: that radical Islamism is waging war against the West as a Judeo-Christian civilization.”
“Very few Western leaders get this. Even fewer are prepared to make a stand specifically in defense of Christianity and the Jewish values which underpin it. The Islamists are fighting a war of religion.
They want to conquer and Islamize the Christian West. They are additionally driven by their frenzied belief that the Jews, whom they view as a cosmic evil, control America and modernity.
The Islamists understand that the West has lost its moral core because its Christian base is crumbling. The progressive churches, with their tenuous faith and repudiation of Christianity’s Jewish heritage, have empty pews,” Phillips continued.
She then concluded that the West can only save itself by restoring “its cultural strength by promoting a muscular Christianity.”
This can only be done when “Christianity reconnects to its Jewish heritage,” Philips wrote.
Without its base in Judaism, as Cruz and other (but by no means all) Christians understand, Christianity is nothing.
To win this war of civilization, the West needs to be led by a hard person of biblically faithful Christian belief. Cruz certainly fits that bill on both counts. That’s precisely why so many American Jews and others find him hard to stomach.
They might consider, however, that there is a more deadly threat to themselves than social conservatism. It is the extinction of the freedom to make political or social choices at all.
Glick took a different approach and analyzed the whole tumultuous campaign that she dubbed “Obama’s legacy” because the president’s policies turned Americans against one another.
She wrote that the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders, whom she accused of being in the race not to solve his supporters’ problems but to tell them whom to blame and to hate, is the legacy that Obama has given to the Democratic Party. The socialist candidate has destroyed the moderate Democratic camp, Glick wrote.
“Sanders, whose campaign slogan is ‘revolution,’ is proof that Obama has transformed the Democratic Party. Without Obama, Sanders would have remained a quack from Vermont,” the Post analyst wrote.
She then wrote that the Republican Party too has “been profoundly affected by Obama. Indeed, today the party is at war with itself. The first product of this war is Sanders’s Republican counterpart, fellow populist Donald Trump.”
Glick continued by comparing Trump to Sanders: “Like Sanders, Trump has based his campaign not on offering solutions to America’s problems, but on telling his supporters who is to blame for their misery. Whereas Sanders blames the bankers, and wink, wink, nod, nod ‘the Zionist Jews,’ Trump blames the Mexicans and the Chinese.”
She then briefly touched upon former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaigns, which she said “are predicated not on their ability to galvanize voters but on their capacity to secure the support of their respective parties’ establishments,” before arriving at Cruz’s campaign for the presidency.
Glick wrote that “Cruz stands an excellent chance of blocking Trump from securing the nomination on the first ballot of a contested convention and then winning the nomination on a second ballot.”
She emphasized that the senator has maintained “a laser like focus on the rules of process in order to block the implementation of Obama’s policies” but that he always championed the alternative to those policies.
“Cruz isn’t interested in finding scapegoats to blame for America’s problems. He’s interested in solving them. Hated by the establishment, hated by the Left, Cruz is Obama’s nemesis. If he is elected, he will implement policies that unravel Obama’s legacy. If America opts for a demagogue, it will remain on its current trajectory,” Glick concluded.
The fact that The Jerusalem Post published these three pro-Cruz articles this weekend tells us three things.
First, the editors decided to spotlight Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.
Second, they tried to influence the outcome of the crucial primaries in New York. The state is home to the largest Jewish community in the U.S. – some 1.8 million Jews live in New York. Many of them follow the developments in Israel closely and read The Jerusalem Post.
Third, the Israeli paper, which is run by American immigrants, apparently was aware that two Orthodox Jewish newspapers in New York endorsed Clinton for president this weekend and decided it was time for decisive action.