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.

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

When Moses almost parted the Red Sea on the Great Seal of the United States

Sunday, April 16, 2017

If Ben Franklin had his way, the Great Seal of the United States might have featured Moses instead of a bald eagle. Moses was one of several Hebrew prophets admired by the Puritans who created the early American colonies, and the revolutionaries who led those colonies to independence. This reverence is part of a provocative … Read More

Palestinian men convicted of killing American tourist in Israel charged in US

Friday, April 14, 2017

Two Palestinian men convicted in Israel of murdering a U.S. citizen who was hiking near an Israeli archaeological site could face prosecution in the United States if they’re ever released from an Israeli prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement Thursday that Ayad Fatafta and Kifah Ghanimat each … Read More