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.

House Dems to vote on resolution in response to Omar’s latest Israel remarks

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The House will vote Wednesday on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar‘s (D-Minn.) latest controversial comments about the U.S.-Israel relationship, a senior Democratic aide said Monday. Staffs from the offices of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Ted … Read More

GOP lawmakers introduce bill recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Republican members of Congress have introduced a bill that would recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The bill has no Democratic cosponsors and has not received the backing of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – nor of the Trump administration, which remained silent on the bill on Wednesday. But Israeli officials in … Read More

Trump is most pro-Israel president since Truman, says political analyst

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Political analyst Bill Schneider called President Trump the most pro-Israel president since Harry Truman in an interview that aired Tuesday on “What America’s Thinking.” “He has probably been the most pro-Israel president since Israel began since Harry Truman recognized Israel,” Schneider told Hill.TV’s Jamal Simmons on Monday. Trump has made many policy moves in Israel’s interest during his … Read More

US officials discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace with Gulf leaders

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

US officials Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt have met with leaders in the United Arab Emirates and Oman as part of a regional tour to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, and Greenblatt, the US Middle East peace envoy, met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan … Read More

Week-long Juniper Falcon joint U.S.-Israeli drill comes to an end

Thursday, February 14, 2019

US and Israeli troops have finished the week-long Juniper Falcon drill, which tested the level of coordination between the two countries in the event of a ballistic missile threat against Israel. As part of Juniper Falcon 2019, some 300 Americans from the United States European Command (USEUCOM) flew into Israel last week and joined some … Read More

House approves motion condemning anti-Semitism

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The House overwhelmingly approved a motion on Wednesday that adds language condemning anti-Semitism to a bill that would cut off U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. The vote comes days after freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) stoked controversy with a tweet linking U.S. lawmaker support for Israel to money. Omar’s remarks were heavily … Read More

United States purchases Israeli-made Iron Dome missile defense system

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The United States has purchased Iron Dome systems from Israel for an immediate need of the United States Army, the Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday. The decision was made as part of an agreement between the Israeli Ministry of Defense and the US Department of Defense to fill its short-term needs for an Indirect Fire … Read More

DeSantis Threatens Airbnb with Sanctions over Israeli Settlement Boycott

Thursday, January 17, 2019

TEL AVIV – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday ordered state officials to boycott Airbnb when conducting state business and said he would make the vacation rental giant “feel the heat” unless it walks back its decision banning rentals in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. “We have a moral obligation to oppose the Airbnb … Read More

Lawmakers reintroduce pro-Israel bill that didn’t make cut in last Congress

Friday, January 4, 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republican Senator Marco Rubio from Florida reintroduced pro-Israel legislation that did not get passed in the last Congress. Rubio, together with Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, on Thursday, the first day of the new Congress, combined a number of Middle East-related bills into a single bill, jump-starting the process. “First item the Senate … Read More