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.

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

New York’s power plants now protected, using Israel’s Iron Dome technology

Monday, October 30, 2017

NEW YORK — Working with mPrest, the Israeli company that developed the Iron Dome missile defense technology, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will now be able to stop power outages before they start. From navigation aids to imaging technology to cyber security, mPrest’s collaboration with NYPA is one more example of how Israel’s hi-tech … Read More

US Vice President Pence to visit Israel in December

Monday, October 30, 2017

DALLAS — US Vice President Mike Pence announced Wednesday that he will travel to Israel and Egypt in late December at President Donald Trump’s request. Pence made the announcement in Washington in keynote remarks at In Defense of Christians’ annual solidarity dinner for Christians in the Middle East. He said he’ll deliver a message during the … Read More

The Israeli NGO that is bringing relief to America’s disaster areas

Saturday, October 28, 2017

WASHINGTON (JTA) — For 17 years, the Israeli NGO IsraAID has been performing search and rescue, purifying water, providing emergency medical assistance and walking victims of trauma back to psychological health in dozens of disaster-hit countries. But no season has been busier than this past summer and fall, its co-CEO Yotam Polizer said in an … Read More

Israeli aid workers provide support in California as deadly fires rage

Monday, October 16, 2017

A team of seven aid workers from Israeli humanitarian aid organization IsraAID are working in evacuation centers in California after the worst series of blazes in the state’s history. Since the fires broke out almost a week ago, 40 people have been killed, 5,700 homes and businesses destroyed, and 100,000 people evacuated throughout the Napa … Read More

US announces withdrawal from UNESCO, cites ‘anti-Israel bias’

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The United States announced Thursday that it is withdrawing from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), citing financial considerations, the need for reform and the organization’s “continuing anti-Israel bias.” In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that the decision was “not taken lightly and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at … Read More

Netanyahu says Israel ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with US after attack

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel stands “shoulder to shoulder” with the US “in mourning and sorrow,” after a deadly mass shooting during which at least 58 people were killed and over 500 were injured in Las Vegas. “On this terrible day, the people of Israel stand shoulder to shoulder with the American … Read More

Israeli Aid Teams Deploy to Florida’s Hardest-Hit Areas in Wake of Hurricane Irma

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Israeli rescue and humanitarian aid groups have deployed to the hardest-hit areas in Florida, including the Florida Keys and Naples areas, in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which struck last weekend. In the Florida Keys, teams from the Israel Rescue Coalition (IRC) and United Hatzalah brought aid and medical assistance as well as much needed … Read More

16 years on, US and Israel mourn 9/11 attacks, laud anti-terror alliance

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Holding photos and reading names of loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9/11 victims’ relatives and others marked the anniversary of the attacks at Ground Zero on Monday with a solemn and personal ceremony. In Israel, an estimated 500 people gathered at the KKL-JNF Jewish National Fund’s “Living Memorial” in the Jerusalem Hills at the … Read More

ZAKA team helping with hurricane clean-up in Houston

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The eight-member team will be joined by four more volunteers in the coming days, the organization said. The volunteers currently are assisting throughout the city with tasks ranging from clearing debris to delivering food. The ZAKA volunteers were briefed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is overseeing the recovery efforts, and met with the … Read More