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.

Haley calls Security Council response to Gazan volleys ‘outrageous’

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

WASHINGTON — Nikki Haley, US President Donald Trump’s envoy to the UN, tore into the organization on Wednesday for what she characterized as a lackadaisical response to the firing of over 70 rockets on Israel from Gaza the day before. Claiming a double standard, and questioning why Israeli military actions against Hamas, recognized as a … Read More

Israel’s national security adviser on way to US to talk Iran policy with Bolton

Monday, May 28, 2018

Israel’s National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat left the country Monday on his was to the US for talks with his newly-appointed counterpart in Washington, John Bolton, set to cover policy towards Iran following US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal. The discussions will specifically focus on renewing a far-reaching … Read More

US pediatricians go to Kenya with IsraAID

Friday, May 25, 2018

Marking its first joint Israeli-American medical specialist mission, Israeli humanitarian aid organization IsraAID arranged for a delegation of American pediatricians to join IsraAID’s ongoing medical program in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. According to IsraAID, Kakuma is one of the world’s oldest and largest refugee camps and is chronically understaffed. Kakuma houses more than 185,000 … Read More

US Ambassador Haley: Israel acted with restraint

US Ambassador Haley: Israel acted with restraint

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The United Nations Security Council met Tuesday afternoon for an emergency session regarding events at the Gaza border, following the deadliest day since Operation Protective Edge. Kuwait called for the UN Security Council meeting after 61 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,200 wounded. The IDF said 24 of those killed were terrorists. US Ambassador … Read More

On 70th anniversary, Trump says US has ‘no better friends anywhere’ than Israel

‘You have made history’: Netanyahu hails Trump at Jerusalem embassy opening

Monday, May 14, 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday praised Donald Trump for “making history by recognizing history” at a ceremony dedicating the new US embassy in Jerusalem, while President Reuven Rivlin thanked the US president for “keeping his promise.” “What a glorious day,” Netanyahu told the crowd at the new embassy building in the Jerusalem neighborhood of … Read More

Nikki Haley

US asks UN Security Council to reject ‘vile’ Abbas Holocaust remarks

Friday, May 4, 2018

UNITED NATION — The United States on Friday asked the UN Security Council to reject the “unacceptable” and “deeply disturbing” remarks by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas about the Holocaust that included “vile anti-Semitic slurs.” Abbas apologized over the remarks delivered in an address to the Palestinian National Council, but a US-drafted statement called on the … Read More

Mattis, receiving Liberman

Mattis, receiving Liberman, warns of ‘likely’ conflict between Israel and Iran

Saturday, April 28, 2018

WASHINGTON —  Direct conflict between Israeli and Iranian forces is increasingly likely in Syria as Tehran pursues a permanent military presence there, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned on Thursday. Addressing a congressional panel before hosting his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Liberman, at the Pentagon, Mattis said it was “very likely” from his perspective, “because … Read More

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet PM Netanyahu for talks on Iran

Saturday, April 28, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will arrive in Israel on Sunday to talk with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran’s regional aggression and the nuclear deal with Tehran. The former CIA director, who was sworn in as Rex Tillerson’s replacement on Thursday, left immediately for a Friday meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels. He … Read More