Posted with permission from Arutz Sheva




Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday condemned Iran's attack on Israel and urged the world "to take decisive action to stop Iran's expanding terrorist activities."
"This weekend, Iran committed an unprecedented, blatant act of aggression against our close friend and ally, Israel. Previously, Iranian proxies like Hezbollah and Hamas have used Iranian-provided resources to target Israel, but this escalation was a direct operation by the Iranian military against Israeli territory. This is utterly unacceptable. America stands with Israel, and resolutely against Iran's unprovoked act of war," Cruz said in a statement.
"For some time, Israel has been calling attention to Iran"s efforts to establish another front on its border and attempt to build a permanent military presence in Syria, a call that has been largely ignored by much of the international community," he continued.
"This dangerous and provocative attack should serve as a wake up call to the entire world to take decisive action to stop Iran's expanding terrorist activities. The world"s leading state sponsor of terrorism that pledges to wipe Israel off the map has become much more emboldened since the Obama administration"s disastrous nuclear deal offered up billions of dollars in sanctions relief. And those billions have been used, in turn, to support even more terrorism," said Cruz.
"I commend Israel for its vigorous response, and the American people unequivocally support Israel's right to defend itself," he stressed.
Cruz's statement followed the incident on Saturday in which an Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace from Syria, remaining in Israel some 90 seconds before the IAF shot it down.
In response to the provocation, Israel attacked the drone's command center. During the IAF operation, Syrian surface-to-air missiles downed an Israeli F-16I fighter jet. Both pilots suffered injuries, and ejected after reaching Israeli territory.
A Pentagon spokesman on Saturday said the U.S. "fully supports" Israel's right to self-defense and "shares" the concerns that Iran is destabilizing the Middle East.
Meanwhile, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, "The United States is deeply concerned about today's escalation of violence over Israel's border and strongly supports Israel's sovereign right to defend itself."
"Iran's calculated escalation of threat, and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the region - from Yemen to Lebanon - at risk," she added.