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.

PA payments to prisoners, ‘martyr’ families now equal half its foreign aid

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Palestinian Authority’s 2017 budget for payments to inmates in Israeli prisons and so-called “families of martyrs” is equal in sum to about half of the foreign aid Ramallah expects to receive this year, a recently published Israeli report shows. According to the PA Finance Ministry’s 2017 budget, published on its website earlier in July, … Read More

House passes bill that includes $705m. for US-Israel missile defense cooperation

Saturday, July 15, 2017

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives passed a massive $696 billion defense policy bill on Friday that designates $705 million for US-Israel missile defense cooperation. The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed 344 to 81, increases spending on these programs by $105 million more than in last year’s budget. The total figure also … Read More

Decrying ‘Abominable’ PA ‘Martyr Payments’ Policy, Former US Officials Pledge Support for Taylor Force Act at Senate Hearing

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Former top US diplomatic official Elliott Abrams told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that Washington should suspend payments that directly benefit the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it ends its policy of “martyr payments” to the families of convicted Palestinian terrorists — a practice deemed “abominable” by former US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro in remarks to the … Read More

From the Land of the Free to the Holy Land

Monday, July 10, 2017

Most Americans don’t know it, but the United States has been involved in the Holy Land for a long, long time. Starting in the early 19th century, as travel to the region became safer — in the wake of the wars fought by the US and Europe against the Barbary Pirates (1801–1805 and 1815–1816), and … Read More

World’s largest warship docks at Haifa

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Nimitz-class aircraft supercarrier left its homeport of Norfolk, Virginia on January 21 and has been in the region since February as a base for airstrikes against the Islamic State group. It operates mainly in the Persian Gulf. Commissioned in 2009, the 333m-long nuclear-powered ship can carry a crew of over 5,000 people, as well … Read More

US pilots reunite with Israeli ‘brothers in arms’ from Yom Kippur War

Friday, June 30, 2017

TEL AVIV (JTA) – The arrival of US fighter jets in Israel, as part of a month-long arms drop, was critical to turning the tide of the Yom Kippur War in favor of the Jewish state. But for the American pilots who volunteered to deliver the aircraft, it was just another mission. Alan Chesterman, part … Read More

Trump admin unveils cyber pact with Israel

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Trump administration announced a new bilateral working group between the United States and Israel on cybersecurity. Tom Bossert, White House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, disclosed the new partnership to combat cyberattacks during remarks at an annual cybersecurity conference in Tel Aviv. “These high-level meetings represent the first step in strengthening bilateral ties on … Read More