Speaking at the Jewish Values Gala in New York City on May 28, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey spoke about the importance of the U.S. maintaining a strong relationship with Israel.
“Our friends in Israel deserve better than what they’ve gotten in the last seven years from this White House,” Christie said to the crowd, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Cruz was more specific in his plans to assist Israel. The Texas senator explained he would provide Israel with “bunker-buster bombs” if neighboring Iran goes against its upcoming final peace treaty with the U.S.
“Either Iran will stop or the United States of America will stop it,” Cruz said, to a standing ovation.
Former U.S. House of Representatives speaker and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey also appeared at the gala, with Menendez stating his support for Israel.
“If we try to manage nuclear proliferation instead of stopping it, then we face a Middle East that will be a tinder box in the world," Menendez said. "Hope is not a national security solution."
Christie also criticized the United Nations for holding votes to recognize Palestine as a state. The New Jersey governor, who is likely to run for president, encouraged the U.S. to vote "no" on granting statehood to the Palestinians.
Cruz spoke out against colleges and universities around the nation that have supported a boycott of Israel over its treatment of Arab citizens. Cruz suggested that universities that allow this kind of behavior should not receive federal funding in the future, The Washington Post reports.