The Republican candidate in the 2016 American presidential elections, the Texas Senator Ted Cruz, has received support from an evangelical minister who claimed that Hitler was sent by God to kill the Jews because of their denial of Jesus as the Messiah. He warned that soon all Jews would be sent to concentration camps.

In response to this outburst of virulent anti-Semitism, Senator Cruz did not disassociate himself from the pastor or from his anti-Jewish remarks.

On the contrary, Senator Cruz thanked the pastor for his support.

This is an openly dangerous situation and American Jews should think more than twice before considering Cruz for a seat in the Oval Office. He is not a sincere friend of Israel and if, God forbid, he is elected to be the next American President, we Israelis will see the further deterioration of our relationship with the United States.

Additionally, when sending an e-mail to the Senator’s office, it is required to check your title on a long list of options. Among the options are Father (for Catholic priests) and Reverend for all non-Catholic clergy.

Absent from the title list is Rabbi. Apparently for Senator Cruz, Jews are not important.

I view these facts with deep concern for the American Jewish community. A refusal to denounce racial or religious hatred is an indication that Senator Ted Cruz is comfortable with it.

I am not.