Issues

U.S. – Israel Relationship

The United States was the first country to recognize Israel’s independence in 1948, and the first country to recognize Israel’s right to claim Jerusalem as its capital. Israel’s close relationship with the United States has benefited both countries tremendously. Our countries strengthen each other through national security cooperation, joint military training and shared military technology, mutual economic investment, and scientific research and development. More than a pragmatic alliance, the close friendship between our countries is based on shared democratic values. The Judeo-Christian worldview emphasizes personal freedom, universal civil rights and places a deep value on all human life. This is the value system upon which America was founded and it is reflected in Israel’s vibrant society. Support for Israel has historically been one of the only issues that generates consistent bipartisan agreement amongst elected officials.

At Hanukkah party, Trump signs controversial executive order on anti-Semitism

Thursday, December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Flanked by evangelical Christian leaders, Jewish members of his administration, and even a few House Democrats, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that would target alleged anti-Semitism — primarily in the form of Israel boycotts — on college campuses. At the annual White House Hanukkah Party, Trump put into place … Read More

Netanyahu tells Christian leaders: Stand with the truth about Israel

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The friendship between Jerusalem and pro-Israel Christians is based on shared values, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a meeting with lawmakers from 25 countries on Monday. “There are two kinds of friendships: friendships based on values and friendships based on interests. Sometimes they overlap,” Netanyahu told the delegation from the Israel Allies Foundation in … Read More

Mayor Moshe Lion gives green light to US embassy project

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, has announced that the municipality has given the green light to the project of building a permanent headquarters for the US embassy in Israel’s capital. Lion and deputy mayor Fleur Hassan Nahoum discussed the project’s details in a meeting with embassy personnel and US State Department representatives Addison Ted … Read More

Trump calls out anti-Semitism and BDS, touts Israeli Americans

Monday, December 9, 2019

(December 7, 2019 / JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday night called out anti-Semitism and the anti-Israel BDS movement, vowed to keep pressure on Iran and touted his pro-Israel record in front of an overwhelmingly friendly crowd of 4,000 Israelis living in America. At the Israeli-American Council’s annual conference in Southeast Florida, Trump listed … Read More

U.S. blacklists Iraqi militia leaders over killing of anti-government protesters

Monday, December 9, 2019

The Trump administration on Friday blacklisted the leaders of three militias in Iraq that U.S. officials said opened fire on peaceful protesters and killed dozens of people. The designations of the militia leaders who command groups the United States considers proxies of Iran are part of the administration’s campaign to increase sanctions pressure on the … Read More

Netanyahu to meet with Pompeo in London to discuss Iran: report

Monday, December 2, 2019

(December 2, 2019 / JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in London on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the 70th anniversary celebration of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit. Netanyahu is also expected to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President … Read More

Pompeo to promote normalization of ties with Israel during Morocco visit

Friday, November 29, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Morocco next week, where his plans include an effort to normalize relations with Israel, officials said on Wednesday. “Morocco plays a great role across the region as an important partner in promoting tolerance, [and] has these quiet ties and relationship with Israel as well,” an official … Read More

Congressmen introduce bipartisan resolution against rockets fired on Israel

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

(November 26, 2019 / JNS) Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) have introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives condemning the recent rocket attacks on Israel and supporting the country’s right to defend itself. “When heinous terrorist groups like Palestinian Islamic Jihad fire hundreds of rockets at innocent civilians in Israel, … Read More

Pompeo urges Arab states to abandon boycotts of Israel

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called on Arab states to end their boycott of Israel and instead engage with the Jewish state. “It’s time for Arab countries to abandon boycotts and engage #Israel,” Pompeo tweeted. “#MiddleEast divisions = instability.” Pompeo included a link to a New York Times article about a gathering … Read More

US lawmakers call for a Food and Drug Administration office in Israel

Monday, November 25, 2019

A regional office of the US’s Food and Drug Administration should be opened in Israel, a bipartisan group of lawmakers said. A letter sent Friday to the secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, said that “as a global leader in innovation, Israel’s world class medical research programs have … Read More