Cruz: If Iran ‘Deal Goes Through … Americans Will Die, Israelis Will Die, Europeans Will Die’

By Sam Dorman | September 11, 2015 | 11:55am EDT

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).  (AP)

( – At a rally outside the U.S. Capitol to express opposition to President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that if the bargain goes through, it is an “absolute certainty” that  “Americans will die, Israelis will die, and Europeans will die” as a consequence.

Given Iran’s ongoing support of terrorism, “It’s worth remembering that if this deal goes through, we know to an absolute certainty, people will die,” said Sen. Cruz on Wednesday.  “Americans will die, Israelis will die, and Europeans will die.”

For those senators who support the nuclear deal, Cruz said, “Do you value the safety and security of the United States of America? Do you value standing with our friend and ally, the nation of Israel? Do you value the lives of millions of Americans, or do you value more party loyalty to the Obama White House?”

He continued, “[H]ow do you look a mom in the eyes and say I voted to lift sanctions on the man who murdered your son when he was defending this nation?”

Wednesday’s rally was organized by the Tea Party Patriots.

The deal, announced in July of this year, would lift economic sanctions placed on Iran, and entails a series of provisions designed to prevent the nation from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Under the agreement, Congress is required to vote on the deal before September 17. In the Senate, 42 Democrats have pledged their support for the deal.

In his remarks, Cruz compared Osama Bin Laden and Iran’s leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

“Osama Bin Laden never had $100 billion,” said the senator.  “He was filled with bilious hatred and using rudimentary tools, murdered nearly 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001.”

“We’re now talking about giving the Ayatollah Khamenei, a theocratic, homicidal maniac who hates America every bit as much as Bin Laden did, giving him $100 billion to carry out his murderous plan,” said Cruz.

“And let me be clear, if you vote to send billions of dollars to jihadists who have pledged to murder Americans, then you bear direct responsibility for the murders carried out with the dollars you have given,” he said.  “You cannot wash your hands of that blood.”

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