U.S. – Israel Relationship

At CUFI, we believe a strong, secure, and sovereign Israel is key to a strong and secure United States. Israel needs America, and America needs Israel. We are two nations with shared values, defending the same principles, and thus engaged in the same fight against common enemies. On May 14, 1948, the US was the first country to recognize the nascent State of Israel just eleven minutes after Israel declared its independence. Since then, the US has been a friend to Israel, our most critical ally in the Middle East. One of CUFI’s core concerns is to shape and strengthen the US-Israel relationship to the safety and security of both our nations.

Raytheon and Rafael to Build Iron Dome in US

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

08/03/2020 American firm Raytheon Technologies and Israeli-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have formed a joint venture to build the Iron Dome missile defense systemin the United States, the companies announced Aug. 3. Under the name Raytheon Rafael Area Protection Systems, the partnership is being set up to build a first-ever Iron Dome “all-up-round” facility stateside. … Read More

US Military Chief Visits Israel, Amid Heightened Tensions on Northern Border

Monday, July 27, 2020

US Army General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley arrived on Friday in Israel, where he met with his IDF counterpart, Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, and other top officials. “The IDF & the US Armed Forces share a mutual interest to prevent Iran and its proxies from jeopardizing the stability of … Read More

Israel’s Trophy APS System Backs US Battle Tanks

Friday, July 24, 2020

US forces in Europe are featuring a new Israeli technology that will make them less vulnerable to attack, according to a report in Task and Purpose. US Army M1 Abrams tanks deployed to Europe are now packing a battle-tested Israeli-made active protection system designed to thwart Russian anti-tank missiles. Photos released on July 10 ahead of the second … Read More

US House Votes to Maintain Security Aid to Israel

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2021 on Tuesday that includes the continuation of American assistance to Israel for missile-defense programs and other initiatives. The Pentagon blueprint for the upcoming year allocates $500 million towards missile-defense systems in Israel such as the Iron Dome, David’s Sling … Read More

House Appropriations Subcommittee approves $3.3 Billion to Israel security

Monday, July 6, 2020

WASHINGTON – The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2021 bill on Monday which will provide funds to Israel security in addition to giving aid to the Palestinians. The bill next heads to the full Committee for markup. It will provide the funds according … Read More

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