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US-Israel Relationship

Bolton: US ‘strongly supports’ anti-tunnel operation in Israel’s north

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

US National Security Adviser John Bolton on Tuesday expressed “strong support” for Israel’s operation against Hezbollah attack tunnels crossing the Lebanese border, saying Washington backed Jerusalem’s “efforts to defend its sovereignty.” In a tweet, Bolton called on the Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group to stop digging tunnels into Israel and refrain from responding to the operation. … Read More

In blow to Palestinians, US places Jerusalem consulate under embassy

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The State Department announced Thursday that it would bring its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians under the auspices of the US Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, marking an implicit downgrading of the facility’s status and a fresh blow to its already strained ties with the Palestinians. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the move … Read More

Pompeo: U.S. blocked $165m in funding due to Palestinian incitement

Friday, October 12, 2018

The State Department on Wednesday denied a $165 million transfer of aid to the Palestinian Authority over its failure to adhere to the Taylor Force Act, a law that bars the government from continuing aid to the PA unless Ramallah ceases its practice of compensating the families of murderers and terrorists convicted in Israel. “I … Read More

Haley tells PM that Palestinians should complain to Abbas, not Israel

Friday, September 28, 2018

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Friday the Palestinian people should complain to their own leader and not to Israel, and urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resume peace negotiations with Israel. “We believe that the Palestinians are going to have come to the table. President Abbas is not helping the … Read More

Trumps Decision to Close PLO’s Mission in D.C. Advances Peace

Thursday, September 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump’s administration’s decision Tuesday to close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission in Washington will help bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Michael Oren (Kulanu), a former ambassador to the United States. Oren said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his people have … Read More

US Army inks $193 million deal to buy Israeli tank defense system

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The US Army on Tuesday awarded a contract worth nearly $200 million for Israel’s TROPHY defense system to shield its Abrams tanks, according to the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems contractor. The systems, which block incoming anti-tank missiles, will be supplied to the US Army by the Armerican defense contractor Leonardo DRS, Inc., which partnered with … Read More

Netanyahu: US envoys offered ‘complete support’ for handling of Gaza clashes

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he received “complete support” from the US peace team during their meetings over the weekend regarding Israel’s response to clashes on the Gaza border. Netanyahu met with Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, and peace envoy Jason Greenblatt on Friday and Saturday as they … Read More

On eve of Israel visit, Greenblatt blasts Hamas, criticizes PA

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A day before arriving in Israel for talks, US Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt wrote a blistering Twitter post against Hamas – translated into Arabic and Hebrew – asking how the world can help when “murderous Hamas leaders continue to squander the resources of Gaza.” Writing that Hamas continues to “fail the Palestinians of Gaza” through … Read More

The ‘Haley effect’

Thursday, June 21, 2018

In many Jewish households on Friday nights, parents bless their daughters in the names of our matriarchs: Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. We do so to hold our highest role models to our girls. Lately though, I’ve had the creeping inclination to consider another name to this list of women in whose footsteps I hope my … Read More

Israel welcomes ‘courageous’ US pullout from UN Human Rights Council

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Israel on Tuesday night welcomed an announcement that the United States will withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, praising the move as a “courageous decision against the hypocrisy and the lies” of the international body that UN ambassador Nikki Haley said harbors bias against the Jewish state. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the US move, … Read More