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.

Senator Ted Cruz: ‘Israel’s Enemies are America’s Enemies’

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Jewish Institute of National Security for America (JINSA) held a phone conference with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday to discuss further US-Israel cooperation in fighting the coronavirus pandemic in their respective countries together. In order to strengthen the partnership between the United States and Israel, and to limit the dependence the US has … Read More

Israeli Airline Brings Precious COVID Cargo to Detroit

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

It was around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, when the wheels of an El Al jet touched down at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The plane, void of passengers, flew to Detroit from China on what could be considered a humanitarian aid mission. Inside the Israeli jet were 3.5 million surgical and KN95 protective masks, face … Read More

US and Israel conduct F-35 exercise without face-to-face bilateral meetings

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The United States and Israel conducted a joint F-35 exercise on Sunday in the Jewish state. The Enduring Lightening training exercise consisted of “a wide variety of operational theaters while strengthening the cooperation between the forces,” said the Israeli Air Force in a statement. The drill consisted of F-35s from the USAF’s 34th fighter squadron … Read More

Teva to send millions of tablets to US hospitals for possible treatment of virus

Monday, March 30, 2020

Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva said that it will donate millions of doses of its anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which has been touted as a possible treatment for the coronavirus (COVID-19), to U.S. hospitals free of charge. It said 6 million doses will be delivered by March 31 and more than 10 million in a month. “We … Read More

In Phone Call, Trump and Netanyahu Agree to ‘Cooperate Closely’ on Coronavirus Fight

Monday, March 30, 2020

US President Donald Trump held a telephone call on Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A White House statement said, “Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic, and the President thanked the Prime Minister … Read More

IDF, US to hold air exercise with F-35 jets and no physical contact

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Israel and US militaries were set to launch a joint aerial exercise in southern Israel on Tuesday in which F-35 fighter jets will take part, the Israel Defense Forces said. The drill was permitted to take place, despite a general ban on international exercises during the coronavirus crisis, because it will be held solely … Read More

Friedman: US, Israel to emerge stronger than ever

Friday, March 20, 2020

Speaking while under quarantine, US envoy keeps spirits high with full work loadUS Ambassador David Friedman usually has a very busy schedule, going from one meeting to another with Israeli officials, flying to Washington to meet with US President Donald Trump, or addressing major Israeli or American organizations.This week, however, Friedman was forced to scale … Read More

Trump to share Mideast peace plan today

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he will announce his long-delayed Middle East peace proposal on Tuesday and that he believes Palestinians will eventually go along with it despite their refusal to engage on the subject. Sitting down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office, Trump said his plan “makes a … Read More

Trump to present Middle East peace plan to Israeli leaders

Monday, January 27, 2020

President Trump is reportedly expected to disclose details of his Mideast peace plan to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponent Benny Gantz during their visit to Washington, DC, this week. The president on Monday will hold separate, back-to-back meetings with Netanyahu and Gantz, the head of the centrist Blue and White Party and … Read More