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.

Netanyahu: U.S. Embassy move will have long-term ramifications

Israel is not the cause of Middle East’s problems, US security strategy says

Monday, December 18, 2017

US President Donald Trump’s first National Security Strategy declares that Israeli is not the root cause of Middle East turmoil, while also pillorying Iran as the world’s leading sponsor of state-sponsored terrorism. The document — designed to serve as a framework for the Trump administration’s approach to the world — says that while the Israeli-Palestinian … Read More

US vetoes Security Council bid to reverse Jerusalem recognition

Monday, December 18, 2017

The United States on Monday vetoed a United Nations Security Council draft resolution condemning the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and calling on countries not to move diplomatic missions to the city. The other 14 members of the council voted in favor of the text, but US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s … Read More

White House ‘cannot envision situation’ where Western Wall is not part of Israel

Friday, December 15, 2017

WASHINGTON — A senior administration official told reporters on Friday that the White House “envisions” the Western Wall will remain part of Israel under any accord with the Palestinians. The comments follow US President Donald Trump’s December 6 declaration that recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. They are certain to delight Israeli leaders — the Western … Read More

Defiant Haley chides fuming Security Council members: ‘Change is hard’

Friday, December 8, 2017

At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said President Donald Trump knew his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would raise “questions and concerns,” but that he took it to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians. “I understand the concerns … Read More

Trump tells Abbas, Jordan king of ‘intention’ to move embassy to Jerusalem

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday spoke to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II over the phone, informing them separately of his “intention” to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump “informed the president (Abbas) on his intention to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” … Read More

Top Israeli Minister Says Timing Is Favorable for US Recognition of Jerusalem as Jewish State’s Capital

Monday, December 4, 2017

Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz has dismissed concerns that US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state might undercut the expected peace initiative currently being prepared by the White House. His comments — in a far-reaching interview with The Algemeiner in New York City last Thursday — came a day before the first reports that President … Read More

Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in Wednesday speech — report

Friday, December 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — Defying longstanding American policy, US President Donald Trump will give a speech Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to an Axios report on Friday. A White House spokesman, contacted by The Times of Israel on Friday afternoon, would not confirm the story. “The president has always said it is a matter of when, … Read More

Jewish leaders back Education Department nominee, pro-Palestinian groups slam him

Thursday, November 30, 2017

WASHINGTON—Leaders of major American Jewish organizations are rallying around Kenneth L. Marcus, the nominee for assistant secretary of education for civil rights, as pro-Palestinian groups denounce him for opposing the BDS movement. Marcus, an attorney, served in the Department of Education’s civil rights division and then was staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil … Read More

Pence to travel to Israel, address Knesset

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that he will travel to Israel next month and address its legislative body, the Knesset. Pence spoke in New York to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations vote that established Israel as a sovereign state. He delivered his remarks at the Queens Museum, the site of the … Read More

Trump has plan to declare Jerusalem Israel’s ‘undivided’ capital: report

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Trump White House has developed a plan to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital and has began notifying its missions abroad to lay the ground for its announcement, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Citing American officials, the newspaper reported that the plan was not final, but that if legal and policy considerations were resolved, a … Read More