U.S. – Israel Relationship

At CUFI, we believe a strong, secure, and sovereign Israel is key to a strong and secure United States. Israel needs America, and America needs Israel. We are two nations with shared values, defending the same principles, and thus engaged in the same fight against common enemies. On May 14, 1948, the US was the first country to recognize the nascent State of Israel just eleven minutes after Israel declared its independence. Since then, the US has been a friend to Israel, our most critical ally in the Middle East. One of CUFI’s core concerns is to shape and strengthen the US-Israel relationship to the safety and security of both our nations.

Israel, UAE reach historic peace deal: ‘We can make a wonderful future’

Monday, September 14, 2020

08/14/2020 Israel and the UAE agreed to full normalization of relations in a phone call with US President Donald Trump on Thursday, marking the first peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country in 25 years. Israel agreed to suspend its planned extension of sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria to facilitate relations with … Read More

Remembering 9/11 and the US-Israel Relationship

Thursday, September 10, 2020

CUFI Coffee Break Lesson 31 The US-Israel relationship is founded on shared values, such as a love of life and liberty. But the true depth of friendship is often realized on one’s darkest day. On September 11, 2001, Palestinians danced in the streets, and Israelis wept for their American brothers and sisters. No people on … Read More

Israeli Firefighters Arrive to Help Battle California Wildfires

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

09/01/2020 Israeli firefighters arrived in Sacramento, California, to assist with battling a wave of wildfires sweeping through the area. It marked the first time that Israelis have been sent to the United States to help fight fires, J. The Jewish News of Northern California reported.  The delegation landed Sunday and is scheduled to remain for … Read More

Israel, US Test Upgraded Arrow 2 Missile, Capable Of Intercepting Incoming Nukes

Thursday, August 13, 2020

08/13/2020 Israel and the United States completed a successful test of the advanced Arrow 2 air defense system late Wednesday night, shooting down a simulated long-range missile high over the Mediterranean Sea, defense officials said. The system successfully intercepted the target, which behaved in a way similar to the types of weapons that Israel anticipates … Read More

Unprecedented Second U.S.-Israel F-35s Joint Exercise Takes Place

Friday, August 7, 2020

08/04/2020 Israeli and U.S. F-35s drilled together for the second time in six months during a military exercise. This joint drill occurred in the shadow of growing Israel-Hezbollah tensions. Dubbed Enduring Lightning 2, the drill on August 2 involved the U.S. 421st Squadron and Israel’s F-35I Adir fighters. Israel now has two F-35 squadrons and Israel’s 140th squadron flew … Read More

Raytheon and Rafael to Build Iron Dome in US

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

08/03/2020 American firm Raytheon Technologies and Israeli-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have formed a joint venture to build the Iron Dome missile defense systemin the United States, the companies announced Aug. 3. Under the name Raytheon Rafael Area Protection Systems, the partnership is being set up to build a first-ever Iron Dome “all-up-round” facility stateside. … Read More

US Military Chief Visits Israel, Amid Heightened Tensions on Northern Border

Monday, July 27, 2020

US Army General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley arrived on Friday in Israel, where he met with his IDF counterpart, Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, and other top officials. “The IDF & the US Armed Forces share a mutual interest to prevent Iran and its proxies from jeopardizing the stability of … Read More

Israel’s Trophy APS System Backs US Battle Tanks

Friday, July 24, 2020

US forces in Europe are featuring a new Israeli technology that will make them less vulnerable to attack, according to a report in Task and Purpose. US Army M1 Abrams tanks deployed to Europe are now packing a battle-tested Israeli-made active protection system designed to thwart Russian anti-tank missiles. Photos released on July 10 ahead of the second … Read More

US House Votes to Maintain Security Aid to Israel

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2021 on Tuesday that includes the continuation of American assistance to Israel for missile-defense programs and other initiatives. The Pentagon blueprint for the upcoming year allocates $500 million towards missile-defense systems in Israel such as the Iron Dome, David’s Sling … Read More

House Appropriations Subcommittee approves $3.3 Billion to Israel security

Monday, July 6, 2020

WASHINGTON – The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2021 bill on Monday which will provide funds to Israel security in addition to giving aid to the Palestinians. The bill next heads to the full Committee for markup. It will provide the funds according … Read More