US-Israel Relationship

Israel-US Defense Tech Cooperation May Soon Get a Big Congressional Boost

Monday, June 22, 2020

A bipartisan effort is making its way through the US Congress that could see new support for Israel-US defense cooperation. It is a unique effort that now includes both a bill in the Senate called the United States-Israel Military Capability Act of 2020 and H.R. 7148 in the House of Representatives “to establish a US-Israel … Read More

On US President’s Birthday, Israel Okays Building Plans For ‘Trump Heights’

Monday, June 15, 2020

An Israeli cabinet minister on Sunday said the government approved plans to build a new village on the Golan Heights named after US President Donald Trump. Settlements Minister Tzipi Hotovely wrote on Facebook that her ministry will start preparations for Ramat Trump — Hebrew for “Trump Heights” — to house 300 families. Israel captured the … Read More

Senate Armed Services Committee Votes to Continue Security Aid, Jets to Israel

Friday, June 12, 2020

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee approved a $740.5 billion 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Wednesday that includes the continuation of American assistance to Israel for missile-defense programs. It will also allow six F-35 jets meant to be delivered to Turkey to be used instead by the U.S. Air Force. The closed-door vote … Read More

US: Pompeo Hints at Incoming Actions Against International Criminal Court

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly hinted Monday at an upcoming US pushback against the “corrupt” International Criminal Court (ICC). In an interview to a podcast by the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank, Pompeo said the action will not just be taken by the State Department — instead, a multi-agency pressure campaign appears … Read More

Ted Cruz Proposes Bill for US-Israel Medical Partnership

Friday, May 22, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz is leading the effort to establish a bilateral cooperative program that joins American and Israeli resources to battle the ongoing pandemic. The United States has recently become the epicenter of COVID-19. The US has over 1.6 million confirmed cases and 95,000 deaths due to the virus to date. Legislation such as the … Read More

Ashkenazi: Trump Middle East Peace Plan a ‘Historic Opportunity’ for Israel

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Newly appointed Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi called U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan a “historic opportunity.” However, he said on Monday, the U.S. plan would be advanced “responsibly, with full coordination with the United States and maintaining all of the State of Israel’s peace agreements and strategic interests,” according to Ynet. “We have a duty … Read More

Pompeo, Friedman ‘Warmly Welcome’ New Israeli Government

Monday, May 18, 2020

Top American diplomats took to social media on Sunday evening to congratulate Israel on the swearing-in of its 35th government. Following the televised swearing-in ceremony, which was preceded by five-minute speeches from each party leader, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman offered words of praise on Twitter. “We warmly welcome … Read More

House Members Introduce Bill to Enhance US-Israel Efforts Against COVID-19

Friday, May 15, 2020

A bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that would authorize a new partnership program to enhance cooperation between the United States and Israel to develop innovative approaches for treating and potentially curing COVID-19. Reps. David Kustoff (R-Tenn.), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Lance Gooden (R-Texas) and Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) introduced the … Read More