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.

Pompeo: ‘Clock is ticking’ on Iran arms embargo

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

U.S. secretary of state urges America’s allies to stop Iran from engaging in “destabilizing behavior,” warning of a possible Mideast arms race after U.N. arms embargo on Iran expires. (August 13, 2019 / JNS) Warning that sanctions and an arms embargo on Iran will expire in the coming months, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo … Read More

US ambassador, Israel president pay condolence visits to family of slain student

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

President Reuven Rivlin paid a condolence visit Monday to the family of Dvir Sorek, the 18-year-old killed in a terror attack in the West Bank last week, calling the youth an “inspiration.” Rivlin’s visit came shortly after US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman also paid a condolence call to the family in the settlement of … Read More

Israel to participate in US ‘Operation Sentinel’ in Strait of Hormuz

Thursday, August 8, 2019

(August 7, 2019 / JNS) Israel is assisting the U.S.-led naval mission to bolster security for vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said on Tuesday. According to a report by Israel’s Ynet news site, Katz told a closed session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Israel is … Read More

Orthodox Jewish woman named cybersecurity chief for US spy agency

Thursday, July 25, 2019

An Orthodox Jewish woman whose parents were among the hostages rescued by Israeli commandos from Entebbe Airport has been tapped to head the United States National Security Agency’s new Cybersecurity Directorate. Anne Neuberger of Baltimore has worked at the NSA for the past decade. She helped establish the US Cyber Command and worked as chief … Read More

Netanyahu and Perry discuss US-Israel cooperation achievements

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry discussed the achievements of US-Israel cooperation in a meeting on Tuesday. Netanyahu took the opportunity to thank US President Donald Trump for recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and for his strong action against Iran, including sanctions. “It’s very important that … Read More

Greenblatt: Israel is the victim in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Thursday, July 18, 2019

  (July 18, 2019 / JNS) In an interview with Judy Woodruff for “PBS NewsHour,” U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt wasn’t to blame for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and said that the Jewish state is “trying their best … under very, very trying circumstances.” Uploaded to the PBS website on Wednesday and broadcast … Read More


Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Turkish Foreign Ministry responded to the United States’ decision to remove Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, saying it is ‘not fair,’ and will harm strategic ties between two NATO allies. The decision to remove Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program was announced by the US on Wednesday, a move that had … Read More

Betsy DeVos: Efforts to boycott Israel are a ‘pernicious threat’ in colleges

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday that a movement to boycott Israel has become a “pernicious threat” on college campuses and is fueled by bias against Jews. Speaking at a Justice Department summit on anti-Semitism, DeVos issued a scathing rebuke of the BDS movement, a campaign led by pro-Palestine activists calling for a boycott, … Read More

Trump and Netanyahu talk Iran

Friday, July 12, 2019

  WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone about increased tensions with Iran. “The two leaders discussed cooperation between the United States and Israel in advancing shared national security interests, including efforts to prevent Iran’s malign actions in the region,” the White House said Thursday, describing … Read More