Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a rising star in the Republican Party who is widely believed to be mulling a race for the GOP nomination for president, was jeered off the stage at a gala in Washington on Wednesday after expressing support for Israel.
According to The Daily Caller, Cruz stood at the podium to deliver the keynote address before an organization known as “In Defense of Christians,” which describes itself as a “non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to heighten awareness among policymakers and the general public of the existence of ancient and often persecuted minority communities in the Middle East, particularly Christians.”
“Tonight, we are all united in defense of Christians,” Cruz began his speech by saying. “Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews.”
“ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, state sponsors like Syria and Iran, are all engaged in a vicious genocidal campaign to destroy religious minorities in the Middle East,” the Texas senator said.
It was when Cruz began to reference Israel in his speech that the audience grew restless and hostile.
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