'America will stand unapologetically with the nation of Israel,' said Cruz, who mocked Trump’s use of the term Palestine in the preceding AIPAC speech.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and his Australian counterpart reaffirmed the strong relationship between their two countries as the former completed his landmark visit to the island nation.
Many Jewish groups and lawmakers had criticized his appointment to the council, which returned the national intelligence director and Joint Chiefs chairman to the regular meetings.
The next president has not assured his Jewish supporters on Israel or the fight against Muslim extremism.
Ted Cruz’s campaign defended an endorsement from a controversial pastor who said Jews will be hunted and put in death camps before Jesus returns.
In a rare rebuke of Israel by a New York Democrat, Gillibrand also said she was willing to reconsider her support for an anti-BDS bill.
Michael Bloomberg has formally announced he will not run for president.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly said he doesn't expect any breakthroughs in his meeting because the Trump administration "is in chaos."
Trump maintained that he would be a neutral broker of Israeli-Palestinian peace — parrying criticism by noting his daughter Ivanka’s Jewish family.
At least two more National Football League players, including a member of the world champion New England Patriots, have pulled out of a goodwill trip to Israel.