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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.

US reps introduce bipartisan bill to purchase Iron Dome air-defense system

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

(June 11, 2019 / JNS) U.S. Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) and Representative Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) introduced on Monday the U.S.-Israel Indirect Fire Protection Act of 2019 to authorize the Secretary of the Army to procure for the U.S. military two Iron Dome short-range air-defense-system batteries. “Iron Dome is a proven defense system that will provide … Read More

New York Gov. Cuomo plans summer trip to Israel

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

(June 3, 2019 / JNS) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that he will visit Israel this summer. “As a sign of solidarity, at this time of crisis for the Jewish people, I’m going to be doing another trip to Israel as a trip in solidarity right after the legislative session, and I … Read More

Tens of thousands join annual Israel solidarity march along New York’s 5th Ave

Monday, June 3, 2019

Some 40,000 Israel supporters marched down New York City’s Fifth Avenue Sunday as part of the annual Celebrate Israel Parade. Hundreds of thousands of onlookers lined the parade route on late Sunday afternoon, many waving Israeli flags. Among those who participated in the event were Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, Mayor of New … Read More

U.S. Military cadets visit Israel for educational tour

Friday, May 31, 2019

40 cadets from the United States military landed in Israel on Thursday for the Israel Strategy and Policy Tour (I-SAP), running through June 11. The cadets are from West Point Military Academy, the Air Force Academy and the Virginia Military Institute, and will meet with high level Israeli decision-makers from the IDF and police in … Read More

American and Israeli college presidents unite to oppose academic boycotts

Thursday, May 30, 2019

(May 29, 2019 / JNS) Professor Melvin L. Oliver, president of Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., who defied pressure to boycott Israeli academia by vetoing the vote by a Pitzer governance body to suspend the college’s study-abroad exchange with University of Haifa, gave the keynote lecture at University of Haifa’s 47th annual board of governors … Read More

Israel to host ‘unprecedented’ US-Russia security summit on Middle East

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The United States and Israel confirmed on Thursday that a US-Russia security summit on the Middle East will be held in Jerusalem next month. “In June, United States National Security Adviser Ambassador John Bolton, Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev will meet in Jerusalem, Israel, to … Read More

Florida cabinet meets in Israel, brushing off threat of legal action

Thursday, May 30, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida cabinet met in Israel on Wednesday, waving away complaints that the setting was illegal. They presented a proclamation of support for Israel and heard from Israelis on several issues important to Florida. The Republican governor then signed a bill that prohibits anti-Semitism in Florida’s public … Read More