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.

Pence: Trump ‘actively considering’ moving US embassy to Jerusalem

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

US President Donald Trump is “actively considering” moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his vice president said Tuesday, evoking a campaign promise that the administration had sidelined. Mike Pence made the remarks in a keynote address at an event in New York commemorating the 70th anniversary of the UN vote … Read More

Accelerator seeks to grow Michigan-Israel investment

Monday, November 20, 2017

  A local business nonprofit is expanding to further Michigan’s reach into the growing tech sector in Israel. After several successful leadership missions since 2015, the Michigan Israel Business Bridge is seeking public and private financing to become the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator to spur more investment between the two nations in manufacturing, mobility, defense … Read More

US ambassador ‘confident’ Trump will move embassy to Jerusalem

Friday, November 17, 2017

The US ambassador to Israel said he is “pretty confident” the US embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during US President Donald Trump’s current term in office. Trump has so far balked at moving the mission to Israel’s capital, despite initial anticipation among many Israeli and American Jews that he would make … Read More

House committee unanimously passes measure that targets Palestinian terror payments

Thursday, November 16, 2017

“Since 2003, it has been Palestinian law to reward Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails with a monthly paycheck,” Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement. “Palestinian leadership also pays the families of Palestinian prisoners and suicide bombers. These policies incentivize terrorism.” The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed … Read More

Amb. John Bolton: America’s embassy in Israel should be moved to Jerusalem – NOW

Monday, November 13, 2017

Whether to move America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has long been a subject of political debate in the U.S. and abroad. It’s time now to resolve the debate by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and relocating our embassy there on incontestably Israeli sovereign territory. This relocation would be sensible, prudent … Read More

Bringing Israel and the US together through science

Monday, November 6, 2017

In an attempt to strengthen ties between Israel and the United States through science, the Zuckerman Institute will host the first annual Zuckerman US-Israel Symposium at the Tel Aviv University on Tuesday. Going into its third year, the Zuckerman Institute is focused on enhancing scientific collaborations between Israel and the United States through the placement … Read More

Joint Israeli-US fund invests $4.8 million in clean energy

Monday, November 6, 2017

A public fund – supported by the Energy Ministry, the US Depart- ment of Energy, and the Israel Innovation Authority – announced on Sunday that it would finance five joint clean energy projects to the tune of $4.8 million. The projects include helping to install a smart electrical grid in New York, transforming how we … Read More

Wisconsin Inks Water Technology Deals With Israel

Friday, November 3, 2017

Institutions from Israel and Wisconsin this week signed two agreements to collaborate on water technology. One accord, between the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Wisconsin’s Water Council, paves the way for Wisconsin’s branch of the National Science Foundation to establish an Israel-based bureau. In addition to its … Read More

Deputy minister recalls fortune of being alive during State of Israel’s existence.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The 1917 Balfour Declaration viewing the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine was the high-water mark of the Jewish people’s diplomacy, deputy minister Michael Oren said. “It was the first time the international community recognized the right of a Jewish people to a homeland in our tribal lands, the Land of Israel,” he … Read More