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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.

The Israeli NGO that is bringing relief to America’s disaster areas

Saturday, October 28, 2017

WASHINGTON (JTA) — For 17 years, the Israeli NGO IsraAID has been performing search and rescue, purifying water, providing emergency medical assistance and walking victims of trauma back to psychological health in dozens of disaster-hit countries. But no season has been busier than this past summer and fall, its co-CEO Yotam Polizer said in an … Read More

Israeli aid workers provide support in California as deadly fires rage

Monday, October 16, 2017

A team of seven aid workers from Israeli humanitarian aid organization IsraAID are working in evacuation centers in California after the worst series of blazes in the state’s history. Since the fires broke out almost a week ago, 40 people have been killed, 5,700 homes and businesses destroyed, and 100,000 people evacuated throughout the Napa … Read More

US announces withdrawal from UNESCO, cites ‘anti-Israel bias’

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The United States announced Thursday that it is withdrawing from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), citing financial considerations, the need for reform and the organization’s “continuing anti-Israel bias.” In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that the decision was “not taken lightly and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at … Read More

Netanyahu says Israel ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with US after attack

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel stands “shoulder to shoulder” with the US “in mourning and sorrow,” after a deadly mass shooting during which at least 58 people were killed and over 500 were injured in Las Vegas. “On this terrible day, the people of Israel stand shoulder to shoulder with the American … Read More

Israeli Aid Teams Deploy to Florida’s Hardest-Hit Areas in Wake of Hurricane Irma

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Israeli rescue and humanitarian aid groups have deployed to the hardest-hit areas in Florida, including the Florida Keys and Naples areas, in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which struck last weekend. In the Florida Keys, teams from the Israel Rescue Coalition (IRC) and United Hatzalah brought aid and medical assistance as well as much needed … Read More

16 years on, US and Israel mourn 9/11 attacks, laud anti-terror alliance

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Holding photos and reading names of loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9/11 victims’ relatives and others marked the anniversary of the attacks at Ground Zero on Monday with a solemn and personal ceremony. In Israel, an estimated 500 people gathered at the KKL-JNF Jewish National Fund’s “Living Memorial” in the Jerusalem Hills at the … Read More

ZAKA team helping with hurricane clean-up in Houston

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The eight-member team will be joined by four more volunteers in the coming days, the organization said. The volunteers currently are assisting throughout the city with tasks ranging from clearing debris to delivering food. The ZAKA volunteers were briefed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is overseeing the recovery efforts, and met with the … Read More

Israelis Help in Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

IsraAID, an Israeli-based international non-governmental aid agency, is on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma helping the victims of the tornado clean up and rebuild their lives. IsraAID has provided relief and assistance after the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, amongst many other natural disasters. IsraAID volunteers have been providing counseling … Read More

Israel Rescue Coalition to send special crisis unit to Houston

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A team of Israeli mental health professionals will arrive in Houston on Thursday morning to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. The response effort was organized by the Israel Rescue Coalition, which is comprised of hundreds of volunteer responders primarily specializing in search and rescue operations. The IRC has been involved in major disaster relief efforts … Read More

Report: US Delegation Discussed Moving Embassy to Jerusalem With Netanyahu

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting last week with a high-level US diplomatic delegation, the issue of a moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was reportedly addressed by both parties. The US team, led by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, included Trump’s international negotiations representative Jason Greenblatt, … Read More