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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.

World’s largest warship docks at Haifa

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Nimitz-class aircraft supercarrier left its homeport of Norfolk, Virginia on January 21 and has been in the region since February as a base for airstrikes against the Islamic State group. It operates mainly in the Persian Gulf. Commissioned in 2009, the 333m-long nuclear-powered ship can carry a crew of over 5,000 people, as well … Read More

US pilots reunite with Israeli ‘brothers in arms’ from Yom Kippur War

Friday, June 30, 2017

TEL AVIV (JTA) – The arrival of US fighter jets in Israel, as part of a month-long arms drop, was critical to turning the tide of the Yom Kippur War in favor of the Jewish state. But for the American pilots who volunteered to deliver the aircraft, it was just another mission. Alan Chesterman, part … Read More

Trump admin unveils cyber pact with Israel

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Trump administration announced a new bilateral working group between the United States and Israel on cybersecurity. Tom Bossert, White House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, disclosed the new partnership to combat cyberattacks during remarks at an annual cybersecurity conference in Tel Aviv. “These high-level meetings represent the first step in strengthening bilateral ties on … Read More

Jared Kushner lands in Israel, rushes to visit Malka family

Thursday, June 22, 2017

While Kushner arrived in Israel in a bid to restart a new peace initiative and negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians under the direction of the new administration, he immediately paid the visit to the Malka family in Givat Ezer as they continue to mourn their fallen daughter. He was joined by US Ambassador to … Read More

Donald Trump Jr. calls out BBC over Jerusalem attack headline

Monday, June 19, 2017

US President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr., on Saturday called out the BBC for a headline on the Jerusalem terror attack that neglected to mention the Israeli Border Police officer stabbed to death, and focused only on the three Palestinians killed without noting that they were the assailants. “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in … Read More

Condemning Virginia shooting, Netanyahu says Israel stands with US

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday sent wishes for a fast recovery to the victims of the Virginia shooting attack, saying Israel stands with the US on this “difficult day.” A rifle-wielding critic of US President Donald Trump opened fire Wednesday on US lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, seriously wounding a top Republican … Read More

Haley slams UN human rights report for ‘singling out Israel’

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

WASHINGTON — US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Tuesday slammed a report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for its “unfair bias” in “singling out Israel.” The US envoy condemned a report released just a day earlier that accused both Israel and the Palestinians for failing to probe war crimes. but … Read More

Top Israel and UN officers spar in front of Nikki Haley – report

Monday, June 12, 2017

Israel’s deputy chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, and the commander of the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon reportedly got into a heated argument while giving a tour of the tense border to visiting US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday. According to a Channel 2 news report Sunday, Haley … Read More