Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is not a fan of the anti-Israel resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council last week, which bans Israel from continuing to build settlements in land claimed by the Palestinians.
In a tweet late Saturday, Cruz said that he had just got off the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to not only bless him a “happy Chanukah,” but to assure Netanyahu that he has the “strong support” of the U.S. Congress.
The Texas senator also added the caveat that he is in favor of ending all U.S. funding of the United Nations until their anti-Israel resolution is reversed.
“Spoke w/ Israeli PM @netanyahu tonight to wish him Happy Chanukah & assure him of strong support in Congress. No US $ for UN until reversed," Cruz tweeted.
In a 14-0 vote on Friday, the U.N. Security Council condemned Israel for settlements in areas of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The Obama administration abstained on the measure, marking a significant shift of U.S. policy just weeks before Obama completes his second term in the White House.
Obama ordered the veto of a similar resolution in 2011, but his administration has grown increasingly critical of the settlements in the past year and frustrated with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, which the Obama team sees as partially responsible for the failure of recent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Cruz’s call to pull all U.S. funds from the United Nations joins him with his Republican Senate colleague, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who made similar claims on Saturday during an interview with CNN.