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.

Israelis Help in Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

IsraAID, an Israeli-based international non-governmental aid agency, is on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma helping the victims of the tornado clean up and rebuild their lives. IsraAID has provided relief and assistance after the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, amongst many other natural disasters. IsraAID volunteers have been providing counseling … Read More

Israel Rescue Coalition to send special crisis unit to Houston

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A team of Israeli mental health professionals will arrive in Houston on Thursday morning to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. The response effort was organized by the Israel Rescue Coalition, which is comprised of hundreds of volunteer responders primarily specializing in search and rescue operations. The IRC has been involved in major disaster relief efforts … Read More

Report: US Delegation Discussed Moving Embassy to Jerusalem With Netanyahu

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting last week with a high-level US diplomatic delegation, the issue of a moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was reportedly addressed by both parties. The US team, led by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, included Trump’s international negotiations representative Jason Greenblatt, … Read More

Israeli paramedic joins in Wyoming rescue

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

JERUSALEM (Press Release) –– Gavy Friedson, a former Jerusalemite and a United Hatzalah volunteer EMT, saved a young boy in Jackson Hole, Wyoming while he was on tour explaining how the organization works to local EMS teams. During the lecture to the Jackson Hole ambulance department and EMS teams, the local teams received a call … Read More

Israel and US Reportedly Stepping Up Cooperation on Missile Defense

Monday, September 18, 2017

Israel and the United States are stepping up their close cooperation on developing missile defense systems, Defense News reported on Wednesday. According to the report, the US is helping to build three Israeli defense systems that intercept airborne threats before they reach their targets: The Arrow-3 for long-range missiles, David’s Sling for medium-range rockets, and the … Read More

PA minister defends payments deemed incentives to murder by US senators

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monthly payments to families of those imprisoned for attacking Israelis contribute to stability in Palestinian society rather than encourage terrorism, the senior Palestinian official in charge of disbursing them told The Jerusalem Post Sunday. “This assistance has never encouraged terrorism, the opposite is true,” said Issa Qaraqe, head of the commission for detainees and ex-detainees, … Read More

Taylor Force act passes Senate hurdle, on path to become law

Friday, August 4, 2017

WASHINGTON – A Senate bill that would force the Palestinian Authority to end its program of compensating convicted murderers and terrorists in Israel passed through a critical committee markup and vote on Thursday. The Taylor Force Act – originally drafted exclusively by Republicans – earned support from Democratic senators and several Israel advocacy organizations that … Read More