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.

Nikki Haley

Haley Takes PA to Task After ‘Hateful’ Comments By Abbas

Thursday, January 18, 2018

In her first official reaction to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s fiery speech this week, US Envoy to the UN Nikki Haley said Washington is “not going to pay to be abused.” Speaking during a wide-ranging interview with Voice of America’s Greta Van Susteren, Haley took the PA to task. “Don’t think that you can … Read More

US ready to hold millions of dollars from UN agency for Palestinians: report

Sunday, January 14, 2018

President Trump is reportedly ready to cut part of its aid package to the United Nations agency that oversees aid to Palestinian refugees , The Associated Press reported on Sunday. The news outlet, citing anonymous officials, said Trump is mulling cutting aid for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) from $125 million to $60 … Read More

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

Backing Trump criticism, Netanyahu suggests US reroute aid to Palestinians

Monday, January 8, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday backed US President Donald Trump’s criticisms of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an agency dedicated exclusively to serving Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East, and suggested that US funding to the organization be instead rerouted to the UN body responsible for all other refugees in … Read More

U.S.-Israel Relations: A Special Alliance

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Introduction Since President Harry Truman decided to recognize Israel eleven minutes after its declaration of independence, the United States and Israel have had a special relationship, which has evolved over time into a web of military, economic, academic, bureaucratic and personal connections at the local, state and federal levels. Strategic Coperation Up until the mid-1960s, … Read More

Trump threatens to cut off US aid to Palestinians over Jerusalem dispute

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority, asking why Washington should make “any of these massive future payments” when the Palestinians were “no longer willing to talk peace.” In a tweet, the president dismissed Palestinian … Read More

Trump underscores unequivocal support for Israel by moving embassy

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Early this month, I celebrated as President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the future location of our U.S. Embassy. His declaration was bold and clear, and it crystalized America’s unequivocal support for Israel — our greatest ally in the Middle East. In making his declaration, the president Trump was reflecting not just … Read More

Planned Western Wall train station to be named for Trump — minister

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A train station that will be built next to the Western Wall will be named after US President Donald Trump. The decision was made by Transportation Minister Israel Katz, who said: “The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to name the train station that leads to it after … Read More

Haley announces $285M cut in 2018-19 UN operating budget

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Calling it “a big step in the right direction,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday night announced a historic reduction in the U.N. biennial operating budget. Haley said the plan calls for a $285 million cut for the 2018-19 fiscal year. “The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well … Read More

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

Trump threatens to slash aid to countries backing UN Jerusalem vote

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday cautioned he could slash funding to countries that support a UN General Assembly resolution on Thursday that seeks to annul the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re … Read More