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.

Israel delivers first Iron Dome battery for US Army

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

09/30/2020 Today (Wednesday), the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), in the Directorate of Defense R&D (DDR&D), of the Israel Ministry of Defense, delivered the first of two Iron Dome Defense System batteries to the U.S. Army. On this occasion, a symbolic event was held at the Iron Dome production line of defense contractor, Rafael Advanced … Read More

Esper promises Gantz to maintain Israel’s Middle East qualitative edge

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

09/23/2020 ‘Our partnership is built over generations based on shared values,’ US defense secretary stresses Israeli Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz visited the US Tuesday to discuss Middle East developments in a series of meetings with top American officials. With Washington and Abu Dhabi reportedly negotiating a deal over F-35 fighter jets in … Read More

How everyday people can help Israel and support peace in the Middle East

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

09/21/2020 This year can no longer be written off as a complete annus horribilis. Against all odds, peace appears to be breaking out in the Middle East. Last week, Israel doubled the number of formal peace agreements with its regional Arab neighbors, leapfrogging from two to four. To borrow a phrase from the Democratic presidential … Read More

Netanyahu on return to Israel: We brought peace

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

09/16/2020 The historic trip to sign two peace agreements with Arab countries will bring good things to Israel and the world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahusaid as the plane he took from Washington began its landed in Israel on Wednesday evening. Speaking over the plane’s loudspeaker of his “historic visit,” Netanyahu referred to the folk song … Read More

Marking ‘dawn of new Middle East,’ Israel signs historic deals with UAE, Bahrain

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

09/15/2020 Cementing a regional geopolitical shift few would have thought possible little more than a month ago, Israel on Tuesday signed landmark normalization deals with two Arab nations at a White House ceremony, with leaders hailing a “new dawn” for peace in the Middle East. Hundreds of people amassed on the sun-washed South Lawn to … Read More

Israel inking historic accords with UAE, Bahrain at White House ceremony

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

09/15/2020 Israel is inking historic diplomatic deals with two Arab nations at the White House Tuesday, its first in over a quarter century, which could herald a dramatic shift in Middle East power dynamics. At 7 p.m. Israel time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is slated to sign normalization accords with the foreign ministers of the … Read More

Bahrain establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel, Trump announces

Monday, September 14, 2020

09/11/2020 Bahrain is establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel, US President Donald Trump announced Friday, making it the second Gulf country to do so in less than a month. A joint statement released by the White House said Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Salman al-Khalifa spoke earlier in the day with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “and … Read More

700 to attend White House ‘peace treaty’ signing; Netanyahu to meet Trump first

Monday, September 14, 2020

09/14/2020 Some 700 people are reportedly set to attend Tuesday’s ceremony at the White House where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will establish diplomatic relations. Before the ceremony, Netanyahu will meet at the White House with US President Donald Trump, who brokered the diplomatic breakthrough, … Read More

Israel, UAE reach historic peace deal: ‘We can make a wonderful future’

Monday, September 14, 2020

08/14/2020 Israel and the UAE agreed to full normalization of relations in a phone call with US President Donald Trump on Thursday, marking the first peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country in 25 years. Israel agreed to suspend its planned extension of sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria to facilitate relations with … Read More

Remembering 9/11 and the US-Israel Relationship

Thursday, September 10, 2020

CUFI Coffee Break Lesson 31 The US-Israel relationship is founded on shared values, such as a love of life and liberty. But the true depth of friendship is often realized on one’s darkest day. On September 11, 2001, Palestinians danced in the streets, and Israelis wept for their American brothers and sisters. No people on … Read More