US-Israel Relationship

DeSantis Threatens Airbnb with Sanctions over Israeli Settlement Boycott

Thursday, January 17, 2019

TEL AVIV – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday ordered state officials to boycott Airbnb when conducting state business and said he would make the vacation rental giant “feel the heat” unless it walks back its decision banning rentals in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. “We have a moral obligation to oppose the Airbnb … Read More

Lawmakers reintroduce pro-Israel bill that didn’t make cut in last Congress

Friday, January 4, 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republican Senator Marco Rubio from Florida reintroduced pro-Israel legislation that did not get passed in the last Congress. Rubio, together with Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, on Thursday, the first day of the new Congress, combined a number of Middle East-related bills into a single bill, jump-starting the process. “First item the Senate … Read More

Israel, U.S. slated to leave UNESCO today to protest anti-Israel bias

Monday, December 31, 2018

Israel and the United States are slated to leave the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific organization today over its anti-Israel bias. Israel’s Foreign Ministry is expected to make an announcement on the matter later today. Israel has been a member state of UNESCO since 1949. In the last 17 years, the global cultural body … Read More

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