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.

Pompeo arrives in Jerusalem, reiterates pledge to counter Iran

Friday, October 18, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored US-Israeli efforts to counter Iran in talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, in an apparent attempt to ease concerns in Israel that Tehran could exploit a US military pullback in Syria. Pompeo and Netanyahu met in Jerusalem hours after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause … Read More

Pompeo lands in Israel to meet Netanyahu, discuss regional security

Friday, October 18, 2019

(October 18, 2019 / JNS) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel late Thursday night for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss regional issues, including the current conflict in Syria. Pompeo flew from Turkey, where he had joined U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in what was described as a … Read More

Pompeo to visit Israel Thursday for talks on Syria — report

Thursday, October 17, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will reportedly visit Israel Thursday for talks on Syria following the pullout of American soldiers and Turkey’s launching of a military offensive against Kurdish fighters. According to Channel 13 news, Pompeo will travel to Israel after visiting Turkey with Vice President Mike Pence. The report, which quoted Israeli officials, … Read More

Rafael delivers US army tank protection systems

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Israeli company’s first consignment of Trophy anti-missile protection systems is part of a $500 million deal with the US Army. Israeli defense electronics company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. says that it has delivered a first consignment of Trophy anti-missile protection systems to the US Army for Abrams tanks and armored personnel carriers (APCs). … Read More

U.S. imposes new sanctions on Turkey over Syria offensive

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The sanctions come after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and GOP Senator Lindsey Graham agreed Congress should pass a resolution to “overturn” Mr. Trump’s decision to pull troops. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also released a statement Monday saying he’s “gravely concerned” by what’s happening in Syria “and by our nation’s apparent response so … Read More

Trump demands Turkey halt Syria incursion, authorizes new sanctions

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

(October 15, 2019 / JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called on Turkey to immediately halt its offensive in northern Syria, and authorized new sanctions against the NATO member state. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States had imposed sanctions on Turkey’s ministers of defense, interior and energy, as well as their departments. … Read More

ZILBERMAN: The U.S. Is Enabling Turkey’s Adversarial Behavior

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A statement attributed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan goes like this: “Democracy is like a bus, when you arrive at your destination, you step off.” We know that Erdogan long ago stepped away from democratic norms, particularly after the failed coup of July 2016, which accelerated domestic repression and Ankara’s pivot to the East. … Read More

US Ambassador Friedman at Evangelical rally: ‘Jerusalem literally keeps us safe’

Monday, October 7, 2019

Shared values and a common history, not soldiers and weapons, guarantee a nation’s security, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Sunday. Addressing a rally of pro-Israel Evangelicals, Friedman hailed the recently inaugurated Pilgrimage Road, a new archaeological site in Jerusalem’s City of David, which lies underneath the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, as a “once … Read More

US Ambassador sings to Israel, Shana Tova

Monday, September 30, 2019

In a video released by the the American administration for public affairs ambassador David Friedman greeted the people of Israel to have a happy Jewish new year in the name of the Trump administration. In the video, The ambassador goes to a bee hive in order to retrieve the freshest honey he is capable of … Read More