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.

US planes to fly in Israeli Air Force exercise this week

Monday, May 8, 2017

American and Israeli pilots will take to the skies for a joint exercise near the southern city of Eilat this week, the army said. The drill will take place at the Israeli Air Force’s Ovda air base, just north of Eilat. Ovda is the home of the air force’s Flying Dragon Squadron, also known as … Read More

US military chief to visit Israel, discuss IS, Syria – report

Monday, May 8, 2017

US military head Joseph Dunford will visit Tel Aviv on Monday to meet his Israeli counterparts and discuss fighting the Islamic State on the Jewish state’s borders, according to a report Sunday. Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and Defense Minister Avigdor … Read More

US lawmakers urge recognition of Jerusalem births as in Israel

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Dozens of US lawmakers wrote a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week calling on him to change the longstanding policy of refusing to recognize Americans born in Jerusalem as individuals born in Israel. The State Department has long resisted recognizing Jerusalem as part of Israel in Americans’ birth certificates and other documentation, … Read More

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

Benjamin Netanyahu “I look forward to talks with Trump to advance peace”

Friday, May 5, 2017

  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said he looked forward to talking with US President Donald Trump about the best way to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians. He spoke just one day after Trump announced the start of a new peace processduring a joint press conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas … Read More

Ambassador Friedman’s First Stop in Israel the Kotel

Thursday, May 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — David Friedman, the new US ambassador to Israel, will make the Western Wall his first official stop when he arrives at his post on May 14, US officials told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. Senior State Department officials confirmed the ambassador would travel to Israel in ten days, but declined to comment on … Read More

Trump: Ask me in month about moving embassy to Jerusalem

Saturday, April 29, 2017

US President Donald Trump refused to confirm reports that he would announce the transfer of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during a visit to Israel next month, but hinted Thursday that he may clarify the issue at that time. On Thursday, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis (R), who earlier this year led a … Read More

All 100 US senators to UN: End ‘unacceptable’ anti-Israel bias

Friday, April 28, 2017

All 100 US senators signed a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Thursday demanding an end to the “unacceptable” anti-Israel bias in the international body. The strongly worded letter, authored by Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and released on Friday, was signed by every member of the US Senate. “Through words … Read More

Talks underway for Trump to make first Israel visit in May

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Officials in Jerusalem and Washington are in advanced talks to arrange a visit by US President Donald Trump to Israel in May, an Israeli official said Wednesday in what would be Trump’s first ever visit to Israel. The official confirmed talks were ongoing, but said no date had yet been set. Israel Radio said the … Read More

Trump said bidding to defeat new anti-Israel UNESCO resolution

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Trump administration has reportedly ordered US ambassadors in UNESCO member states to initiate meetings with their host countries’ foreign ministries in a bid to defeat an anti-Israel resolution that is to be debated at the UN cultural organization next week. The passage last October by 23 votes to 6 of a UNESCO resolution sponsored … Read More

President Trump at Holocaust event vows ‘We will confront anti-Semitism’

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump delivered his strongest denunciation of anti-Semitism yet onTuesday, calling Holocaust deniers “accomplice(s) to this horrible evil” and vowing to “confront anti-Semitism.” In a keynote speech inside the ornate US Capitol rotunda at an annual Holocaust remembrance event organized by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Trump seemed to respond to … Read More