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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.

Israel welcomes ‘courageous’ US pullout from UN Human Rights Council

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Israel on Tuesday night welcomed an announcement that the United States will withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, praising the move as a “courageous decision against the hypocrisy and the lies” of the international body that UN ambassador Nikki Haley said harbors bias against the Jewish state. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the US move, … Read More

U.S. Announces Its Withdrawal From U.N.’s Human Rights Council

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

After more than a year of complaints and warnings — some subtle and others a little less so — the Trump administration has announced that the United States is withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley announced the decision in a joint … Read More

Source: US to Withdraw From UN Human Rights Body

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will announce on Tuesday that the United Sates is withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council, a Trump administration source told Reuters. The United States is half-way through a three-year term on the main UN rights body and had … Read More

US Senate approves $500m for Israel’s missile defense program

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the US Senate yesterday allocates $500 million for Israeli missile programs and $50 million for a joint US-Israeli program for combating the tunnels threat. This is the first time that military aid to Israel has been determined under the memorandum of understanding between Israel and the US … Read More

US may leave UN Human Rights Council

Friday, June 15, 2018

A US source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the withdrawal appeared to be “imminent” but had no details. Diplomatic sources said it was not a question of if but of when the United States retreats from the Human Rights Council, which is holding a three-week session through July 6. A separate US official … Read More

Netanyahu praises Nikki Haley for strong defense of Israel at U.N.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Even before the UN passed a General Assembly condemning Israel for “excessive use of force” in Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised US ambassador Nikki Haley for Wednesday night her spirited defense of Israel in the U.N. and her efforts to get an amendment to the resolution added that would condemn Hamas for violence. “Israel … Read More

UN to vote on resolution bashing Israel, with US pushing for Hamas condemnation

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WASHINGTON — The United Nations General Assembly is slated to vote on a resolution Wednesday condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza, a move fiercely opposed by the United States, which is pushing for Hamas to face condemnation. The 193 nations that make up the world body will vote on an Arab-backed measure that deplores … Read More