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 to promote normalization of ties with Israel during Morocco visit

Friday, November 29, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Morocco next week, where his plans include an effort to normalize relations with Israel, officials said on Wednesday. “Morocco plays a great role across the region as an important partner in promoting tolerance, [and] has these quiet ties and relationship with Israel as well,” an official … Read More

Congressmen introduce bipartisan resolution against rockets fired on Israel

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

(November 26, 2019 / JNS) Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) have introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives condemning the recent rocket attacks on Israel and supporting the country’s right to defend itself. “When heinous terrorist groups like Palestinian Islamic Jihad fire hundreds of rockets at innocent civilians in Israel, … Read More

Pompeo urges Arab states to abandon boycotts of Israel

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called on Arab states to end their boycott of Israel and instead engage with the Jewish state. “It’s time for Arab countries to abandon boycotts and engage #Israel,” Pompeo tweeted. “#MiddleEast divisions = instability.” Pompeo included a link to a New York Times article about a gathering … Read More

US lawmakers call for a Food and Drug Administration office in Israel

Monday, November 25, 2019

A regional office of the US’s Food and Drug Administration should be opened in Israel, a bipartisan group of lawmakers said. A letter sent Friday to the secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, said that “as a global leader in innovation, Israel’s world class medical research programs have … Read More

Top US general meets Israeli brass amid Iran tensions

Monday, November 25, 2019

The top US general is visiting Israel for meetings with top military leaders, the latest in a series of high-level military meetings amid heightened tensions with Iran. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley met Sunday with his Israeli counterpart Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi. Israel’s military said in a statement that Milley’s … Read More

Pentagon, State Dep’t, U.S. Evangelicals and Israel Battle Over Lebanese Army Aid

Friday, November 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is sending mixed signals on the issue of U.S. security assistance to Lebanon. In recent days, senior officials within the administration confirmed that $105 million of aid to Lebanon has been put on hold by the White House. Earlier this month, however, the State Department’s assistant secretary for Near East … Read More

Report: Hungary blocks EU statement condemning US policy shift on settlements

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

(November 20, 2019 / JNS) Hungary is blocking a diplomatic effort by the European Union to issue a joint statement condemning the U.S. announcement on Monday that it does not consider Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria to be illegal, the Times of Israel reported on Wednesday. Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has made it … Read More

West Bank settlements not illegal, Pompeo announces in historic shift

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

In a historic reversal of US policy, the Trump administration announced on Monday that it does not view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The policy change was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. “After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees with president Reagan,” Pompeo … Read More

U.S. Air Force chief David Goldfein visits Israel

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, David Goldfein, visited Israel. Goldfein was participating in the Blue Flag joint military exercise, a 10-day exercise in which 70 combat planes from five air forces fly against each other in 19 sorties across six different locations around the country. The exercise ended on Thursday and … Read More

US, Israeli firefighters work side by side as rockets fall

Monday, November 18, 2019

(November 17, 2019 / JNS) As rockets fell on southern and central Israel last week, a team of U.S. firefighters worked side by side with their Israeli counterparts to extinguish brush and building fires, and deal with other emergencies. The U.S. firefighters are part of the Emergency Volunteer Project (EVP), which trains U.S. firefighters and … Read More