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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.

David’s Sling missile defense system passes key trial, ministry says

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Israel’s midrange missile interceptor, David’s Sling, managed to thwart a series of threats, passing a key test on its way to becoming operational, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. The ministry said the aerial defense system passed a drill “simulating future threats that the system may face in a confrontation,” the ministry said in a statement. A … Read More

US calls Golan ‘Israeli-controlled,’ drops all mention of West Bank ‘occupation’

Thursday, March 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — For the first time, the Trump administration referred to the Golan Heights on Wednesday as “Israeli-controlled” and ceased to refer to the West Bank as “occupied” in the State Department’s annual report on human rights around the world. While last year’s report marked a departure from years of American foreign policy by no longer calling … Read More

Trump spending cuts leave military aid to Israel untouched

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Israel can rest easy: The spending cuts axe being wielded by US President Donald Trump has so far spared military aid to Israel. Israel is due to receive $3.3 billion under the 2020 budget proposal that the White House sent to Congress yesterday. The aid to Israel is set out in a memorandum of understanding … Read More

Graham to push for US to recognize Golan Heights as part of Israel

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he will push for the United States to formally recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel. Graham, Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman together toured the Golan Heights, a slice of territory taken by Israel from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel … Read More

Israel says Pompeo to visit soon, help with gas export plan

Thursday, March 7, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Israel imminently to help with its plan for exporting natural gas to Europe with Cypriot and Greek partners, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday. Israel is hoping to enlist several European countries in the construction of a 2,000 kilometer (1,243 mile) pipeline linking vast eastern … Read More

Critics of America’s support for Israel cannot escape history

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

As calumnies go, the hidden power of Jewry over a nation’s affairs is about the oldest one in the book. In the latest manifestation of that enduring toxin, certain of our recently elected congressional representatives view U.S. support for Israel as inexplicable without reference to the disproportionate influence of Jewish money (e.g., “It’s all about … Read More

Here’s Why the U.S. Just Deployed a Powerful THAAD Missile Defense System in Israel

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The U.S. has deployed a highly advanced missile defense system in Israel for the first time, the American and Israeli militaries announced Monday, reflecting their shared concerns about Iran’s development of powerful missiles. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, as a testament to the … Read More

Israel Air Force delegation returns from two-week drill in the U.S.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

An Israeli Air Force delegation from the 103rd Elephants Squadron has recently returned from two weeks of exercises at the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC), its first time going there in over a decade. Led by IAF Lt.-Col. Het, the delegation included 60 troops and two Samson Hercules C-130J transport planes. The two-week long … Read More

Trump calls controversial Omar comments ‘a dark day for Israel’

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

President Donald Trump said Monday that Rep. Ilhan Omar’s suggestion that pro-Israel lawmakers have an allegiance to a foreign country marks a “dark day for Israel,” piling onto the Minnesota freshman ahead of her second formal rebuke by the House in recent weeks. “Representative Ilhan Omar is again under fire for her terrible comments concerning … Read More