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.

Government confirms it will ban Israel boycotts by councils and public bodies

Friday, December 20, 2019

The Government has confirmed it will proceed with banning local councils from boycotting Israel, as the Conservatives promised in their election manifesto. “One innovation this speech introduces is we will stop public bodies from taking it upon themselves to boycott goods from other countries to develop their own pseudo-foreign policy against a country which with … Read More

Congress passes bill requiring annual scrutiny of PA educational materials

Thursday, December 19, 2019

(December 19, 2019 / JNS) The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill which will require the Secretary of State to review Palestinian Authority and United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) educational materials on an annual basis. The Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act (H.R. 2343) was introduced by … Read More

US VP Pence expected to visit Israel for Auschwitz ceremony

Thursday, December 19, 2019

US Vice President Mike Pence is expected to visit Israel in January for a ceremony marking 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, local media reported on Wednesday. The event could even draw other world leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron. There are ongoing talks between … Read More

Senate passes measure giving $500 million in aid to Israel; sanctions Iran and Assad

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

(December 17, 2019 / JNS) The U.S. Senate passed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Thursday, which includes U.S.-Israel missile-defense cooperation and up to $25 million for U.S.-Israel counter-unmanned aerial-systems cooperation, as well as sanctioned President Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria, and its allies Iran and Russia. U.S. President Donald Trump is expected … Read More

At Hanukkah party, Trump signs controversial executive order on anti-Semitism

Thursday, December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Flanked by evangelical Christian leaders, Jewish members of his administration, and even a few House Democrats, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that would target alleged anti-Semitism — primarily in the form of Israel boycotts — on college campuses. At the annual White House Hanukkah Party, Trump put into place … Read More

Netanyahu tells Christian leaders: Stand with the truth about Israel

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The friendship between Jerusalem and pro-Israel Christians is based on shared values, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a meeting with lawmakers from 25 countries on Monday. “There are two kinds of friendships: friendships based on values and friendships based on interests. Sometimes they overlap,” Netanyahu told the delegation from the Israel Allies Foundation in … Read More

Mayor Moshe Lion gives green light to US embassy project

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, has announced that the municipality has given the green light to the project of building a permanent headquarters for the US embassy in Israel’s capital. Lion and deputy mayor Fleur Hassan Nahoum discussed the project’s details in a meeting with embassy personnel and US State Department representatives Addison Ted … Read More

Trump calls out anti-Semitism and BDS, touts Israeli Americans

Monday, December 9, 2019

(December 7, 2019 / JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday night called out anti-Semitism and the anti-Israel BDS movement, vowed to keep pressure on Iran and touted his pro-Israel record in front of an overwhelmingly friendly crowd of 4,000 Israelis living in America. At the Israeli-American Council’s annual conference in Southeast Florida, Trump listed … Read More

U.S. blacklists Iraqi militia leaders over killing of anti-government protesters

Monday, December 9, 2019

The Trump administration on Friday blacklisted the leaders of three militias in Iraq that U.S. officials said opened fire on peaceful protesters and killed dozens of people. The designations of the militia leaders who command groups the United States considers proxies of Iran are part of the administration’s campaign to increase sanctions pressure on the … Read More

Netanyahu to meet with Pompeo in London to discuss Iran: report

Monday, December 2, 2019

(December 2, 2019 / JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in London on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the 70th anniversary celebration of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit. Netanyahu is also expected to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President … Read More