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.

Tens of thousands join annual Israel solidarity march along New York’s 5th Ave

Monday, June 3, 2019

Some 40,000 Israel supporters marched down New York City’s Fifth Avenue Sunday as part of the annual Celebrate Israel Parade. Hundreds of thousands of onlookers lined the parade route on late Sunday afternoon, many waving Israeli flags. Among those who participated in the event were Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, Mayor of New … Read More

U.S. Military cadets visit Israel for educational tour

Friday, May 31, 2019

40 cadets from the United States military landed in Israel on Thursday for the Israel Strategy and Policy Tour (I-SAP), running through June 11. The cadets are from West Point Military Academy, the Air Force Academy and the Virginia Military Institute, and will meet with high level Israeli decision-makers from the IDF and police in … Read More

American and Israeli college presidents unite to oppose academic boycotts

Thursday, May 30, 2019

(May 29, 2019 / JNS) Professor Melvin L. Oliver, president of Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., who defied pressure to boycott Israeli academia by vetoing the vote by a Pitzer governance body to suspend the college’s study-abroad exchange with University of Haifa, gave the keynote lecture at University of Haifa’s 47th annual board of governors … Read More

Israel to host ‘unprecedented’ US-Russia security summit on Middle East

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The United States and Israel confirmed on Thursday that a US-Russia security summit on the Middle East will be held in Jerusalem next month. “In June, United States National Security Adviser Ambassador John Bolton, Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev will meet in Jerusalem, Israel, to … Read More

Florida cabinet meets in Israel, brushing off threat of legal action

Thursday, May 30, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida cabinet met in Israel on Wednesday, waving away complaints that the setting was illegal. They presented a proclamation of support for Israel and heard from Israelis on several issues important to Florida. The Republican governor then signed a bill that prohibits anti-Semitism in Florida’s public … Read More

Kushner, Greenblatt arrive in Israel on third stop of Middle East tour

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Jared Kushner arrived in Israel, on a third and final stop of a Middle-East tour to garner support for the Deal of the Century. Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt were meant to meet the prime minister on Thursday at noon, but the meeting was now uncertain, after Netanyahu lost a battle to form a coalition … Read More

Florida governor, Cabinet sued over plans to meet in Israel

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — An open-government watchdog group and several news outlets sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and members of the Cabinet on Tuesday in an effort to stop them from holding a Cabinet meeting while on a trade mission in Israel. The lawsuit argues that the meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, violates the state’s constitution … Read More

Florida governor forges new ties, makes history on Israel visit

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding between Florida State University and Ariel University on Monday, becoming the first sitting governor to establish a relationship between a U.S. state and an Israeli university in Judea and Samaria. The majority of the international community considers Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria as illegal, … Read More

Israel prepares to break ground on new ‘Trump city’

Friday, May 24, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights sparked considerable excitement in Israel, leading to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for the founding of a new community in the northern region to be named after the U.S. president. The community – which is still in its early stages – will house … Read More