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.

US deploys 750 troops to the Middle East following embassy attack in Iraq

Thursday, January 2, 2020

(January 1, 2020 / JNS) U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that 750 troops are being deployed to the Middle East immediately in response to Iraqi riots at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Esper said in a statement that an infantry battalion from the Immediate Response Force (IRF) of … Read More

US officials call attack on Iraq and Syria ‘successful’

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

(December 30, 2019 / JNS) U.S. officials said on Sunday that airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia were successful and warned about additional possible action, reported Reuters. The strikes were in response to the killing of a U.S. civilian contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base, officials said. … Read More

Israel to acquire 50 F-35 jets, examining deal for third squadron

Monday, December 30, 2019

The Israeli Air Force currently has 20 F-35 stealth fighter jets in its possession and is on the way to acquiring 50 aircraft—two squadrons—a senior executive from Lockheed Martin, the defense corporation that manufactures the jet, has said. On a recent visit to Israel, Gary North, vice president for customer requirements at Lockheed Martin, who … Read More

Congress to Education Dept.: Don’t fund anti-Israel programs

Monday, December 23, 2019

Eight members of Congress called for the US Department of Education to prevent federally-funded Middle East Studies Centers from implementing academic boycotts of Israel. In a letter sent to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Congress members expressed “concerns that federally-funded Middle East Studies National Resource Centers (NRCs) are misusing their Title VI grant funds,” and … Read More

Government confirms it will ban Israel boycotts by councils and public bodies

Friday, December 20, 2019

The Government has confirmed it will proceed with banning local councils from boycotting Israel, as the Conservatives promised in their election manifesto. “One innovation this speech introduces is we will stop public bodies from taking it upon themselves to boycott goods from other countries to develop their own pseudo-foreign policy against a country which with … Read More

Congress passes bill requiring annual scrutiny of PA educational materials

Thursday, December 19, 2019

(December 19, 2019 / JNS) The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill which will require the Secretary of State to review Palestinian Authority and United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) educational materials on an annual basis. The Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act (H.R. 2343) was introduced by … Read More

US VP Pence expected to visit Israel for Auschwitz ceremony

Thursday, December 19, 2019

US Vice President Mike Pence is expected to visit Israel in January for a ceremony marking 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, local media reported on Wednesday. The event could even draw other world leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron. There are ongoing talks between … Read More

Senate passes measure giving $500 million in aid to Israel; sanctions Iran and Assad

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

(December 17, 2019 / JNS) The U.S. Senate passed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Thursday, which includes U.S.-Israel missile-defense cooperation and up to $25 million for U.S.-Israel counter-unmanned aerial-systems cooperation, as well as sanctioned President Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria, and its allies Iran and Russia. U.S. President Donald Trump is expected … Read More

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