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.

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

Trump, Pence boost hopes to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

Thursday, April 6, 2017

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have boosted speculation for big cuts to U.S. contributions to the United Nations and moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by meeting with a prominent group that promotes both causes. Late last Friday, leaders from Christians United for Israel, including Pastor John C. Hagee and Gary … Read More