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.

In Phone Call, Trump and Netanyahu Agree to ‘Cooperate Closely’ on Coronavirus Fight

Monday, March 30, 2020

US President Donald Trump held a telephone call on Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A White House statement said, “Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic, and the President thanked the Prime Minister … Read More

IDF, US to hold air exercise with F-35 jets and no physical contact

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Israel and US militaries were set to launch a joint aerial exercise in southern Israel on Tuesday in which F-35 fighter jets will take part, the Israel Defense Forces said. The drill was permitted to take place, despite a general ban on international exercises during the coronavirus crisis, because it will be held solely … Read More

Friedman: US, Israel to emerge stronger than ever

Friday, March 20, 2020

Speaking while under quarantine, US envoy keeps spirits high with full work loadUS Ambassador David Friedman usually has a very busy schedule, going from one meeting to another with Israeli officials, flying to Washington to meet with US President Donald Trump, or addressing major Israeli or American organizations.This week, however, Friedman was forced to scale … Read More

Trump to share Mideast peace plan today

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he will announce his long-delayed Middle East peace proposal on Tuesday and that he believes Palestinians will eventually go along with it despite their refusal to engage on the subject. Sitting down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office, Trump said his plan “makes a … Read More

Trump to present Middle East peace plan to Israeli leaders

Monday, January 27, 2020

President Trump is reportedly expected to disclose details of his Mideast peace plan to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponent Benny Gantz during their visit to Washington, DC, this week. The president on Monday will hold separate, back-to-back meetings with Netanyahu and Gantz, the head of the centrist Blue and White Party and … Read More

IDF strengthens cyber-defense coordination with US Cyber Command

Friday, January 24, 2020

(January 23, 2020 / JNS) The Israel Defense Forces and the U.S. military are strengthening their coordination and partnership in the area of cyber defenses. Lt. Col. O (full name withheld), an officer in the IDF’s J6 and Cyber Defense Directorate, told JNS in recent days that a joint and relatively large exercise held with … Read More

Pence: In spirit of Holocaust remembrance, we must stand strong against Iran

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mike Pence, like Benjamin Netanyahu before him, draws parallels between Nazi Germany and Iran. “In the same spirit [of Holocaust remembrance], we must also stand strong against the leading state purveyor of anti-Semitism,” the US vice president says. “The one government in the world that denies the Holocaust as a matter of state policy and … Read More

US Ambassador Kelly Craft defends Israel, blasts Iran at UN

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

(January 22, 2020 / JNS) U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft took Iran to task and staunchly backed Israel at a U.N. Security Council debate on the Middle East on Tuesday. “While the world criticizes Israel, Israel is making the world a better place. The council should not lose sight of this fact,” she … Read More

Israel Air Force inaugurates its second F-35 squadron

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Israeli Air Force on Thursday inaugurated its second squadron of F-35 fifth-generation stealth aircraft, known as the “Lions of the South,” reviving the historic 116th Squadron. “The Air Force shoulders a great responsibility daily. From this moment, the 116th Squadron returns and becomes part of our strategic arm, part of our qualitative advantage over … Read More