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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.

US sends reinforcements to Middle East, warns Iran of ‘unrelenting force’

Monday, May 6, 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration is deploying air and sea strike forces to the Middle East in response to what it described as “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran. It’s not clear what Iranian escalations National Security Adviser John Bolton was referring to Sunday evening in a statement. Israel blames a deadly … Read More

Israel, U.S. issue $40m. call for energy collaborations

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Energy Ministry, Israel Innovation Authority and US Department of Energy have issued a $40 million call for proposals for the newly-established US-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology. The joint energy center, managed by the BIRD Foundation, aims to promote the energy security and economic development of Israel and the United … Read More

Sens. Cruz, Kaine introduce resolution condemning ‘all forms’ of anti-Semitism

Monday, May 6, 2019

(May 3, 2019 / JNS) Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a resolution on Thursday condemning “all forms” of anti-Semitism to mark Yom Hashoah, or Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. “Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world and here in America,” said Cruz in a statement. “In just the last few weeks, … Read More

Kushner says Middle East peace plan will be ‘good starting point’

Friday, May 3, 2019

WASHINGTON – White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said on Thursday he hopes Israel will take a hard look at President Donald Trump’s upcoming Middle East peace proposal before proceeding with any plan to annex West Bank settlements. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had vowed in the waning days of a re-election campaign he won … Read More

U.S. Ambassador Friedman at March of the Living: Antisemitism plagues mankind

Thursday, May 2, 2019

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman spoke at the March of the Living on Thursday afternoon in memory of the horrors of the Holocaust, stating that “antisemitism is not going to be eradicated or cured with slogans or easy steps.” “So, of course, we condemn all acts of antisemitism,” Friedman stated before the march began. … Read More

New legislation in Congress criticizes U.S. military assistance to Israel

Thursday, May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON – New legislation in Congress is seeking to “promote human rights for Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation,” and require that “United States funds do not support military detention, interrogation, abuse or ill-treatment of Palestinian children and for other purposes.” Congresswoman Betty McCollum, a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Representative (DFL) of Minnesota, sponsored the legislation. … Read More

Only copy of US recognition of Israel signed by Truman up for sale

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

For an estimated $300,000, somebody can now own a piece of American and Israeli history. The only known copy of the press release signed by president Harry Truman in which the US recognized Israel is being put up for sale by the Raab Collection, a Philadelphia-based company that buys and sells historic documents. “I’ve never … Read More

US commemorates 40 years of Israel-Egypt peace treaty

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

(April 30, 2019 / JNS) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted a ceremony on Tuesday commemorating the 40th anniversary of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Pompeo commended the two nations for the diplomatic milestone, and that the “negotiations leading up to the treaty ushered in a new level of dialogue and cooperation, … Read More

Florida Senate passes anti-Semitism bill with clear mandate

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

(April 29, 2019 / JNS) The Florida Senate unanimously passed an anti-Semitism bill previously passed unanimously by the Florida House, which adopts the U.S. State Department definition of anti-Semitism and mandates that discrimination against Jewish people be considered similar to acts of racial discrimination in Florida’s public-education institutions. Passed by a vote of 26-0, the bill moves to … Read More