Ted Cruz officially announced his campaign for US president, in a speech that touched on Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and Iran.

The senator became the first major candidate to throw his hat in the ring for a 2016 run, and used a repeated phrasing of “Imagine if” to lay out his platform.

“Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with the nation of Israel,” Cruz said yesterday at Liberty University.

“Instead of a president who seeks to go to the United Nations to end-run Congress and the American people…imagine a president who says ‘I will honor the Constitution, and under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon.’

“Imagine a president who says ‘We will stand up and defeat radical Islamic terrorism…and we will call it by its name.'”

Cruz concluded with: “This is our fight. The answer will not come from Washington. It will come only from the men and women across this country, from men and women, from people of faith, from lovers of liberty, from people who respect the Constitution.

“It will only come as it has come at every other time of challenge in this country, when the American people stand together and say we will get back to the principles that have made this country great. We will get back and restore that shining city on a hill that is the United States of America.”