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.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says Western Wall belongs to Israel

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the Western Wall belongs to Israel and Israel’s capital should be in Jerusalem. Haley made the comments during an interview Tuesday with the Christian Broadcasting Network in the wake of reports that a Trump administration official, responding to a request that Israeli officials accompany President … Read More

New US ambassador David Friedman arrives in Israel, prays for Trump

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, arrived in the country on Monday to take up his position amid a swirling debate over whether the embassy should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Immediately after arriving, Friedman traveled to Jerusalem, where he went to the Western Wall and offered a prayer for US … Read More

Israeli UN Ambassador Urges Security Council to ‘Act Immediately’ to End Palestinian Authority Payments to Terrorists

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Security Council must “act immediately” to halt the flow of money from the Palestinian Authority to jailed terrorists, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon declared on Thursday. “Aid provided by the donor countries to the PA every year ends up funding terrorists who murdered innocent Israelis,” Danon said in a statement. In a … Read More

President Trump ‘still reviewing’ embassy move to Jerusalem – White House

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The president has not made a decision yet and is still reviewing that,” Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at the daily press briefing. Sanders was asked about a report on the Hebrew-language news site NRG that implied Israeli sources were notified Trump had decided against moving the embassy and would sign a … Read More

Nikki Haley rolling back UN’s ‘anti-Israel bias,’ Israeli official says

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Former S.C. gov. Nikki Haley’s performance so far as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is getting rave reviews from one U.S. ally. Israel’s justice minister told a New York crowd Sunday that her country is no longer “the United Nations’ punching bag,” now that Haley is representing the United States, according to the Washington … Read More

US planes to fly in Israeli Air Force exercise this week

Monday, May 8, 2017

American and Israeli pilots will take to the skies for a joint exercise near the southern city of Eilat this week, the army said. The drill will take place at the Israeli Air Force’s Ovda air base, just north of Eilat. Ovda is the home of the air force’s Flying Dragon Squadron, also known as … Read More

US military chief to visit Israel, discuss IS, Syria – report

Monday, May 8, 2017

US military head Joseph Dunford will visit Tel Aviv on Monday to meet his Israeli counterparts and discuss fighting the Islamic State on the Jewish state’s borders, according to a report Sunday. Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and Defense Minister Avigdor … Read More

US lawmakers urge recognition of Jerusalem births as in Israel

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Dozens of US lawmakers wrote a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week calling on him to change the longstanding policy of refusing to recognize Americans born in Jerusalem as individuals born in Israel. The State Department has long resisted recognizing Jerusalem as part of Israel in Americans’ birth certificates and other documentation, … Read More

Netanyahu: U.S. Embassy move will have long-term ramifications

Benjamin Netanyahu “I look forward to talks with Trump to advance peace”

Friday, May 5, 2017

  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said he looked forward to talking with US President Donald Trump about the best way to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians. He spoke just one day after Trump announced the start of a new peace processduring a joint press conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas … Read More

Ambassador Friedman’s First Stop in Israel the Kotel

Thursday, May 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — David Friedman, the new US ambassador to Israel, will make the Western Wall his first official stop when he arrives at his post on May 14, US officials told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. Senior State Department officials confirmed the ambassador would travel to Israel in ten days, but declined to comment on … Read More