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.

Pence to travel to Israel, address Knesset

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that he will travel to Israel next month and address its legislative body, the Knesset. Pence spoke in New York to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations vote that established Israel as a sovereign state. He delivered his remarks at the Queens Museum, the site of the … Read More

Trump has plan to declare Jerusalem Israel’s ‘undivided’ capital: report

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Trump White House has developed a plan to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital and has began notifying its missions abroad to lay the ground for its announcement, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Citing American officials, the newspaper reported that the plan was not final, but that if legal and policy considerations were resolved, a … Read More

Pence: Trump ‘actively considering’ moving US embassy to Jerusalem

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

US President Donald Trump is “actively considering” moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his vice president said Tuesday, evoking a campaign promise that the administration had sidelined. Mike Pence made the remarks in a keynote address at an event in New York commemorating the 70th anniversary of the UN vote … Read More

Accelerator seeks to grow Michigan-Israel investment

Monday, November 20, 2017

  A local business nonprofit is expanding to further Michigan’s reach into the growing tech sector in Israel. After several successful leadership missions since 2015, the Michigan Israel Business Bridge is seeking public and private financing to become the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator to spur more investment between the two nations in manufacturing, mobility, defense … Read More

US ambassador ‘confident’ Trump will move embassy to Jerusalem

Friday, November 17, 2017

The US ambassador to Israel said he is “pretty confident” the US embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during US President Donald Trump’s current term in office. Trump has so far balked at moving the mission to Israel’s capital, despite initial anticipation among many Israeli and American Jews that he would make … Read More

House committee unanimously passes measure that targets Palestinian terror payments

Thursday, November 16, 2017

“Since 2003, it has been Palestinian law to reward Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails with a monthly paycheck,” Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement. “Palestinian leadership also pays the families of Palestinian prisoners and suicide bombers. These policies incentivize terrorism.” The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed … Read More

Amb. John Bolton: America’s embassy in Israel should be moved to Jerusalem – NOW

Monday, November 13, 2017

Whether to move America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has long been a subject of political debate in the U.S. and abroad. It’s time now to resolve the debate by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and relocating our embassy there on incontestably Israeli sovereign territory. This relocation would be sensible, prudent … Read More

Bringing Israel and the US together through science

Monday, November 6, 2017

In an attempt to strengthen ties between Israel and the United States through science, the Zuckerman Institute will host the first annual Zuckerman US-Israel Symposium at the Tel Aviv University on Tuesday. Going into its third year, the Zuckerman Institute is focused on enhancing scientific collaborations between Israel and the United States through the placement … Read More