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Sen. Cruz on ‘Hannity’: President Biden’s ‘Weakness, Appeasement, and Moral Relativism’ are Causing Middle East War

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this week went on Fox News' ‘Hannity' to discuss President Biden waiving sanctions on Nord Stream 2 and his call for the president to stand firmly with Israel as they defend themselves against waves of attacks by Iranian-backed terrorists. Highlights of his interview are below.

WATCH: Sen. Cruz: President Biden's ‘Weakness, Appeasement, and Moral Relativism' are Causing Middle East War

On the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack and President Biden's decision to waive sanctions on construction of the Russian pipeline, Nord Stream 2, Sen. Cruz said:

"On day one in office, Joe Biden shut down the Keystone pipeline. He destroyed 11,000 jobs, high paying jobs, including 8,000 union jobs. Then Biden sat by and allowed Russian hackers to hack the Colonial Pipeline, producing gas lines up and down the eastern seaboard.[...]And now his reward to Russia for Russian hackers shutting down a major infrastructure pipeline on the eastern seaboard is today, he signed a waiver, basically greenlighting the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a pipeline from Russia to Germany. Congress has twice passed bipartisan sanctions to stop this pipeline. I authored those sanctions. We stopped the pipeline for a year. It was shut down. It was a piece of metal at the bottom of the ocean. Putin began rebuilding the pipeline right after Biden was elected. Today, [Biden] issued a waiver. And basically what Joe Biden has decided is pipelines in America - bad. Jobs in America - bad. Pipelines in Russia - good. Jobs in Russia - good. And this is exactly backward. It is asinine. And four months into it, Joe Biden is crawling into bed with Putin and Russia and the enemies of America."

On President Biden's relationship with Israel, Sen. Cruz said:

"What Biden and Kamala Harris are pursuing is exactly backwards. Our friends and allies, the people we should be standing alongside and with, he's alienating, undermining, insulting, lecturing, and attacking. Our enemies, the people who want to kill us, he's sending money to, supporting, praising, and kissing their rear ends. [...] He's undermined Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu. He sent over a hundred million dollars to the Palestinian Authority, the P.A., which is in bed with Hamas. Hamas - the terrorists that are firing those rockets you're showing right now. They fired over 4,000 rockets into Israel. And every one of those rockets might as well have Joe Biden's name written on the side of it, because it is his weakness, his appeasement, his moral relativism and ambiguity, his lack of backbone to stand up and stand with Israel that is causing this war in the Middle East. Let me tell you what he ought to do. He ought to stand up and say, rather than lecturing Netanyahu, rather than being arrogant in attacking our friends, he ought to say America stands unequivocally with Israel. Period. The end. The Hamas terrorists need to stop. Right now, Israel has an absolute right to defend itself. If Hamas terrorists attack Israel, they will be dealt with and they will be killed. And he needs to right now replenish Israel's Iron Dome missiles."

On the crises facing the country under President Biden's leadership and his upcoming trip to Israel, Sen. Cruz said:

"This has been the most disastrous first four months of any presidency in history. Joe Biden has handed the Democratic Party over to the radical left, to Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, and AOC. We've got a border crisis of an absolutely unsecured border and an over two million people projected to come here illegally this year. We have a gas crisis of gas lines and skyrocketing energy prices. We're on the verge of an inflation crisis as the inflation numbers are rising up and up and up. And we've got war in the Middle East. We're four months in. It's a little terrifying to think what's going to happen in the next four months. [...] The disasters they're producing are failing at home, economically, domestically and abroad. And we've got to stop it. We need to stand with Israel, stand with our friend. And I'm leading the fight to do exactly that. I'm headed to Israel very shortly to stand with Israel and ensure they have what they need to defend themselves."