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.

Report: Hungary blocks EU statement condemning US policy shift on settlements

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

(November 20, 2019 / JNS) Hungary is blocking a diplomatic effort by the European Union to issue a joint statement condemning the U.S. announcement on Monday that it does not consider Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria to be illegal, the Times of Israel reported on Wednesday. Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has made it … Read More

West Bank settlements not illegal, Pompeo announces in historic shift

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

In a historic reversal of US policy, the Trump administration announced on Monday that it does not view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The policy change was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. “After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees with president Reagan,” Pompeo … Read More

U.S. Air Force chief David Goldfein visits Israel

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, David Goldfein, visited Israel. Goldfein was participating in the Blue Flag joint military exercise, a 10-day exercise in which 70 combat planes from five air forces fly against each other in 19 sorties across six different locations around the country. The exercise ended on Thursday and … Read More

US, Israeli firefighters work side by side as rockets fall

Monday, November 18, 2019

(November 17, 2019 / JNS) As rockets fell on southern and central Israel last week, a team of U.S. firefighters worked side by side with their Israeli counterparts to extinguish brush and building fires, and deal with other emergencies. The U.S. firefighters are part of the Emergency Volunteer Project (EVP), which trains U.S. firefighters and … Read More

Pence slams rocket fire, says terror groups prefer violence to welfare of Gazans

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday slammed the rocket fire from Gaza, saying that it was clear that Palestinian terror groups “put violence ahead of bettering the lives of the people of Gaza.” “The United States condemns the barrage of rockets on Israeli civilians. It’s clear Hamas & Palestinian Islamic Jihad put violence ahead … Read More

Trump recognizes US Army veteran who saved Jewish prisoners in World War II

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

(November 11, 2019 / JNS) In his speech during the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump recognized U.S. Army Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, who saved the lives of 200 American Jewish prisoners of war during World War II. “Here with us today is Lauren Mathews, the granddaughter of a … Read More

US-led coalition launches operation to protect Gulf waters

Friday, November 8, 2019

A US-led naval coalition officially launched operations in Bahrain on Thursday to protect shipping in the troubled waters of the Gulf, after a string of attacks that Washington and its allies blamed on Iran. The coalition, aimed at warding off the perceived threat to the world’s oil supply, has been in the making since June. … Read More

Israel, U.S. to push for UNRWA oversight when mandate is renewed

Friday, November 1, 2019

Israel and the United States are heading a diplomatic effort to increase oversight of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) when its mandate to service Palestinian refugees is renewed in December, according to Israel’s Mission to the UN. The renewal, which occurs every three years, is typically a fairly standard procedure for the … Read More

Israel hails US, Gulf states for sanctioning Iran Guards, Hezbollah

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday applauded the US and six Gulf states for announcing sanctions on 25 entities associated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror organization. “I welcome the decision by the US and Gulf states to impose additional sanctions on Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. This is … Read More

New partnership between U.S. Embassy and. neighborhood soccer league

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

This year, the U.S. Embassy of Jerusalem is giving support to the Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem neighborhood soccer league. Hapoel Katamon’s Neighborhood League project began 10 years ago in hopes of bringing children from different backgrounds together. Now, the league has 51 teams from 25 different schools with more than 750 boys and girls and 26 … Read More