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.

Pence slams rocket fire, says terror groups prefer violence to welfare of Gazans

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday slammed the rocket fire from Gaza, saying that it was clear that Palestinian terror groups “put violence ahead of bettering the lives of the people of Gaza.” “The United States condemns the barrage of rockets on Israeli civilians. It’s clear Hamas & Palestinian Islamic Jihad put violence ahead … Read More

Trump recognizes US Army veteran who saved Jewish prisoners in World War II

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

(November 11, 2019 / JNS) In his speech during the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump recognized U.S. Army Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, who saved the lives of 200 American Jewish prisoners of war during World War II. “Here with us today is Lauren Mathews, the granddaughter of a … Read More

US-led coalition launches operation to protect Gulf waters

Friday, November 8, 2019

A US-led naval coalition officially launched operations in Bahrain on Thursday to protect shipping in the troubled waters of the Gulf, after a string of attacks that Washington and its allies blamed on Iran. The coalition, aimed at warding off the perceived threat to the world’s oil supply, has been in the making since June. … Read More

Israel, U.S. to push for UNRWA oversight when mandate is renewed

Friday, November 1, 2019

Israel and the United States are heading a diplomatic effort to increase oversight of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) when its mandate to service Palestinian refugees is renewed in December, according to Israel’s Mission to the UN. The renewal, which occurs every three years, is typically a fairly standard procedure for the … Read More

Israel hails US, Gulf states for sanctioning Iran Guards, Hezbollah

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday applauded the US and six Gulf states for announcing sanctions on 25 entities associated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror organization. “I welcome the decision by the US and Gulf states to impose additional sanctions on Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. This is … Read More

New partnership between U.S. Embassy and. neighborhood soccer league

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

This year, the U.S. Embassy of Jerusalem is giving support to the Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem neighborhood soccer league. Hapoel Katamon’s Neighborhood League project began 10 years ago in hopes of bringing children from different backgrounds together. Now, the league has 51 teams from 25 different schools with more than 750 boys and girls and 26 … Read More

Steelers hold moment of silence for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

PITTSBURGH – Steelers fans packed into the lots surrounding Heinz Field, tailgated – tossing footballs back and forth, consuming savory foods and cold beers – and then filed into the stadium, clad in black and gold, just like they would any other day. They waved their terrible towels as players took the field during pregame … Read More

US marks 25 years of peace treaty between Jordan and Israel

Monday, October 28, 2019

The United States marked the 25th anniversary of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan. “Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the State of Israel, an agreement that began a tradition of peaceful and respectful cooperation that continues today,” read the … Read More

WJC to honor Nikki Haley for calling out anti-Israel bias at UN

Friday, October 25, 2019

The World Jewish Congress will bestow its prestigious Theodor Herzl Award to former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, according to a statement from the organization released on Wednesday. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said Haley exemplified Washington’s friendship with Israel, “relentlessly calling out the biases and double standards that pervade in the United … Read More