Issues

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 embassy move has produced lasting gains

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The first anniversary of the U.S. embassy’s move to Jerusalem sparked multiple articles in the Israeli press declaring it a failure for both U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. From the left-wing Haaretz to the centrist Times of Israel, headlines trumpeted the fact that only one minor country, Guatemala, has followed America’s … Read More

US and Israel call for end of UNRWA, the UN agency that oversees Palestinians

Thursday, May 23, 2019

(May 22, 2019 / JNS) The United States and Israel on Wednesday called for UNRWA, the U.N. agency that oversees the Palestinian refugees, to cease operations. “We need an additional $1.2 billion for our activities in 2019. We don’t believe the future of Palestine refugees should be framed in decades of UNRWA,” said Pierre Krähenbühl, … Read More

San Diego State center apologizes for using photo of Palestinian terrorist

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

(JTA) — The Women’s Resource Center at San Diego State University has apologized for including on its weekly newsletter an image of a female Palestinian terrorist holding a gun. The image was part of the May 8 newsletter sent to the center’s email list, according to the university’s student newspaper, The Daily Aztec. The apology … Read More

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said he supports move of US Embassy to Jerusalem. Pro-Palestinian groups are calling him out.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

(JTA) — Pro-Palestinian groups have called on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to retract his statement saying he supports the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Garcetti, a Democrat, made the statement last week in Jerusalem while leading a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, sponsored by the American Jewish Committee Project Interchange, … Read More

US senators introduce bill to boost security funds for synagogues

Monday, May 20, 2019

Two senators have introduced bipartisan legislation to give funds to synagogues and other religious and cultural institutions to help provide additional security against potential terrorist attacks. US Senators Rob Portman (Republican-Ohio) and Gary Peters (Democrat-Michigan) on Friday introduced Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act, or S. 1539, to authorize $75 million annually for … Read More

NASA releases photo of Israeli moonshot’s crash site

Friday, May 17, 2019

JERUSALEM (JTA) — NASA released a photo of what it says is the crash site of Israel’s Beresheet lunar lander. The image taken some 56 miles from the surface of the moon by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on April 22, 11 days after the crash, shows a dark smudge that indicates the point of impact. … Read More

MIT and Israeli universities join forces to research STEM with new fund

Friday, May 17, 2019

The fund will grant awards of up to USD $30,000 and will also support professors with travel costs between Israel and the United States. Faculty from MIT, Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa and the Weizmann Institute of … Read More