On the heels of Senator Sanders’s historic comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the Democratic debate in Brooklyn, his fellow Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz brought us right back down to earth. While Bernie sought to humanize Palestinians and moderate the American role in seeking justice, Senator Cruz took every opportunity to do the opposite, including giving his resounding endorsement to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s pompous declaration that “after 50 years…the Golan will remain under Israeli sovereignty permanently.” Ted Cruz might be a constitutional lawyer, but he sure isn’t an international law expert – because the status of the Golan is identical to the status of the West Bank under international law. The UN Security Council offer a not so subtle reminder to Ted – and the world – that the Golan is in fact, not Israel’s sovereign territory.

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