US-Israel Relationship

Israel Air Force inaugurates its second F-35 squadron

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Israeli Air Force on Thursday inaugurated its second squadron of F-35 fifth-generation stealth aircraft, known as the “Lions of the South,” reviving the historic 116th Squadron. “The Air Force shoulders a great responsibility daily. From this moment, the 116th Squadron returns and becomes part of our strategic arm, part of our qualitative advantage over … Read More

US Army to purchase Israeli-made Spike missiles

Monday, January 13, 2020

The US Army has chosen the Israeli-made long-range Spike precision missile to use on attack helicopters as an interim solution for greater standoff capabilities. According to Defense News, an Army Requirements Oversight Council authorized the decision “ahead of a bigger decision” regarding acquiring long-range precision munitions for its air fleets. While Apache helicopters can currently … Read More

US senators back bill to provide Israel with $3.3B a year

Monday, January 13, 2020

Republican and Democratic US senators introduced legislation on Thursday to provide 3.3 billion dollars annual aid to Israel, seeking to put into law an aid agreement between the two countries reached in 2016 amid concern over rising Middle East tensions. Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Chris Coons co-sponsored the bill, a standalone provision … Read More

US senators introduce bill backing $3.3 billion bill annual aid to Israel

Friday, January 10, 2020

Two US senators from opposite sides of the aisle on Thursday introduced a bill to provide annual aid of $3.3 billion to Israel as part of a 2016 agreement. Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Chris Coons co-sponsored the bill, according to Reuters, which was originally part of wider legislation that stalled last year … Read More

US Army to field Israeli-made long-range missile on helicopters

Friday, January 10, 2020

ARLINGTON, Texas — The U.S. Army has decided to field an Israeli-made, long-range precision munition on attack helicopters as an interim solution to get after greater stand-off and long-range engagements. An Army Requirements Oversight Council decision has authorized the service to field a certain number of Rafael’s Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles ahead of a bigger … Read More

US deploys 750 troops to the Middle East following embassy attack in Iraq

Thursday, January 2, 2020

(January 1, 2020 / JNS) U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that 750 troops are being deployed to the Middle East immediately in response to Iraqi riots at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Esper said in a statement that an infantry battalion from the Immediate Response Force (IRF) of … Read More

US officials call attack on Iraq and Syria ‘successful’

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

(December 30, 2019 / JNS) U.S. officials said on Sunday that airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia were successful and warned about additional possible action, reported Reuters. The strikes were in response to the killing of a U.S. civilian contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base, officials said. … Read More

Israel to acquire 50 F-35 jets, examining deal for third squadron

Monday, December 30, 2019

The Israeli Air Force currently has 20 F-35 stealth fighter jets in its possession and is on the way to acquiring 50 aircraft—two squadrons—a senior executive from Lockheed Martin, the defense corporation that manufactures the jet, has said. On a recent visit to Israel, Gary North, vice president for customer requirements at Lockheed Martin, who … Read More

Congress to Education Dept.: Don’t fund anti-Israel programs

Monday, December 23, 2019

Eight members of Congress called for the US Department of Education to prevent federally-funded Middle East Studies Centers from implementing academic boycotts of Israel. In a letter sent to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Congress members expressed “concerns that federally-funded Middle East Studies National Resource Centers (NRCs) are misusing their Title VI grant funds,” and … Read More