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.

Defiant Haley chides fuming Security Council members: ‘Change is hard’

Friday, December 8, 2017

At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said President Donald Trump knew his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would raise “questions and concerns,” but that he took it to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians. “I understand the concerns … Read More

Trump tells Abbas, Jordan king of ‘intention’ to move embassy to Jerusalem

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday spoke to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II over the phone, informing them separately of his “intention” to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump “informed the president (Abbas) on his intention to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” … Read More

Top Israeli Minister Says Timing Is Favorable for US Recognition of Jerusalem as Jewish State’s Capital

Monday, December 4, 2017

Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz has dismissed concerns that US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state might undercut the expected peace initiative currently being prepared by the White House. His comments — in a far-reaching interview with The Algemeiner in New York City last Thursday — came a day before the first reports that President … Read More

Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in Wednesday speech — report

Friday, December 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — Defying longstanding American policy, US President Donald Trump will give a speech Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to an Axios report on Friday. A White House spokesman, contacted by The Times of Israel on Friday afternoon, would not confirm the story. “The president has always said it is a matter of when, … Read More

Jewish leaders back Education Department nominee, pro-Palestinian groups slam him

Thursday, November 30, 2017

WASHINGTON—Leaders of major American Jewish organizations are rallying around Kenneth L. Marcus, the nominee for assistant secretary of education for civil rights, as pro-Palestinian groups denounce him for opposing the BDS movement. Marcus, an attorney, served in the Department of Education’s civil rights division and then was staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil … Read More

Pence to travel to Israel, address Knesset

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that he will travel to Israel next month and address its legislative body, the Knesset. Pence spoke in New York to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations vote that established Israel as a sovereign state. He delivered his remarks at the Queens Museum, the site of the … Read More

Trump has plan to declare Jerusalem Israel’s ‘undivided’ capital: report

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Trump White House has developed a plan to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital and has began notifying its missions abroad to lay the ground for its announcement, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Citing American officials, the newspaper reported that the plan was not final, but that if legal and policy considerations were resolved, a … Read More

Pence: Trump ‘actively considering’ moving US embassy to Jerusalem

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

US President Donald Trump is “actively considering” moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his vice president said Tuesday, evoking a campaign promise that the administration had sidelined. Mike Pence made the remarks in a keynote address at an event in New York commemorating the 70th anniversary of the UN vote … Read More

Accelerator seeks to grow Michigan-Israel investment

Monday, November 20, 2017

  A local business nonprofit is expanding to further Michigan’s reach into the growing tech sector in Israel. After several successful leadership missions since 2015, the Michigan Israel Business Bridge is seeking public and private financing to become the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator to spur more investment between the two nations in manufacturing, mobility, defense … Read More