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.

US: Pompeo Hints at Incoming Actions Against International Criminal Court

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly hinted Monday at an upcoming US pushback against the “corrupt” International Criminal Court (ICC). In an interview to a podcast by the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank, Pompeo said the action will not just be taken by the State Department — instead, a multi-agency pressure campaign appears … Read More

Ted Cruz Proposes Bill for US-Israel Medical Partnership

Friday, May 22, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz is leading the effort to establish a bilateral cooperative program that joins American and Israeli resources to battle the ongoing pandemic. The United States has recently become the epicenter of COVID-19. The US has over 1.6 million confirmed cases and 95,000 deaths due to the virus to date. Legislation such as the … Read More

Ashkenazi: Trump Middle East Peace Plan a ‘Historic Opportunity’ for Israel

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Newly appointed Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi called U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan a “historic opportunity.” However, he said on Monday, the U.S. plan would be advanced “responsibly, with full coordination with the United States and maintaining all of the State of Israel’s peace agreements and strategic interests,” according to Ynet. “We have a duty … Read More

Pompeo, Friedman ‘Warmly Welcome’ New Israeli Government

Monday, May 18, 2020

Top American diplomats took to social media on Sunday evening to congratulate Israel on the swearing-in of its 35th government. Following the televised swearing-in ceremony, which was preceded by five-minute speeches from each party leader, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman offered words of praise on Twitter. “We warmly welcome … Read More

House Members Introduce Bill to Enhance US-Israel Efforts Against COVID-19

Friday, May 15, 2020

A bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that would authorize a new partnership program to enhance cooperation between the United States and Israel to develop innovative approaches for treating and potentially curing COVID-19. Reps. David Kustoff (R-Tenn.), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Lance Gooden (R-Texas) and Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) introduced the … Read More

Pompeo Scheduled to Visit Israel, Meet Heads of New Coalition Government

Thursday, May 7, 2020

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to visit Israel next week, according to media reports on Wednesday. The scheduled 24-hour visit would be the first by a senior foreign official since Israel closed its borders amid the coronavirus pandemic. The reason for Pompeo’s upcoming visit is unclear, but would come as Israel is … Read More