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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.

WATCH: Israeli, American naval commandos train together

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Elite soldiers from the Israel Navy joined forces with US Navy SEALS last week in the latest in an ongoing series of joint exercises involving the two countries’ armed forces The Shayetet 13 Naval Commandos, Sa’ar 5 missile ships, Naval Special Warfare vessels and other Israeli Navy sea craft took part in the drills. The … Read More

Israel, US agree to cooperate on army veteran issues

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Israel and the United States agreed on a number of information-sharing efforts in the treatment of veterans on Tuesday, according to Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan’s office. The cooperation decision was reached by Ben Dahan and US Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin in Washington, DC, while the deputy defense minister was in the … Read More

David Friedman sworn in as President Trump’s envoy to Israel

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bankruptcy attorney David Friedman has been sworn in as US envoy to Israel, becoming President Donald Trump’s first ambassador to take office. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office Wednesday to Friedman, who is Trump’s former bankruptcy lawyer. Pence called Israel the United States’ “most cherished ally,” while Israel’s envoy to Washington Ron … Read More

Jerusalem mayor, President Trump’s peace envoy meet in White House

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat met with US President Donald Trump’s peace envoy Jason Greenblatt on Friday at the White House. According to a laconic statement issued by the Jerusalem Municipality, the two discussed “issues relating to Jerusalem.” “Greenblatt is a true lover of Jerusalem,” Barkat said in the statement following the meeting. The meeting came … Read More

CUFI Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Amb. David Friedman

Thursday, March 23, 2017

SAN ANTONIO – On Thursday, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, welcomed the Senate’s confirmation of David Friedman to serve as the next US Ambassador to Israel. Supporting the Friedman nomination was a top priority for the Christian Zionist group. CUFI’s effort began with the organization’s public policy arm, the CUFI … Read More

US boycotts UN discussion on Israeli human rights abuses

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The US on Monday issued a strongly worded statement accusing a United Nations body of longstanding bias against Israel. Amid threats from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to withdraw entirely from the United Nations Human Rights Council, the State Department announced it would boycott the council’s entire Monday discussion about alleged human rights abuses committed … Read More

Tillerson: UN Human Rights Council must reform or US will leave

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is vowing that the U.S. will leave the United Nations’ Human Rights Council if the organization does not undertake “considerable reform.” “While it may be the only such organization devoted to human rights, the Human Rights Council requires considerable reform in order for us to continue to participate,” he wrote in a … Read More