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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.

UMass students file emergency motion to block anti-Israel event

Monday, April 29, 2019

April 26, 2019 / JNS) Students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst filed an emergency motion on Thursday asking a Massachusetts court to block an upcoming event featuring several anti-Israel speakers that is being sponsored by university departments. The May 4 event, titled “Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech & the Battle for Palestinian … Read More

US shooting renews debate on anti-Semitism and its political response

Monday, April 29, 2019

WASHINGTON — The latest shooting at a US synagogue heightened the sense of alarm Sunday of a rise in anti-Semitism, despite President Donald Trump avowal to overcome the “evil” of hatred. A 60-year-old woman, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, was killed and three people were wounded when a gunman burst into the synagogue in the southern Californian town … Read More

Congress members call for Israeli visitors to have easier entry into U.S.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Two Congress members called on the Department of Homeland Security to admit Israel into a program that allows some of its visitors expedited entry into the United States. Reps. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., and Brian Mast, R-Fla., sent a letter Wednesday to the acting Homeland Security secretary, Kevin McAleenan, urging him to admit the Jewish state … Read More

US slaps new sanctions on Hezbollah-linked businessmen, firms

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The US Treasury Department increased its sanctions on the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah on Wednesday by targeting two individuals and three entities, for allegedly having helped it evade existing sanctions. In a release on its website, the department said it targeted Belgium-based Wael Bazzi “for acting for or on behalf of his father and Hezbollah … Read More

Netanyahu says he’ll name Golan Heights town after Trump

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that his next government will name a town in the Golan Heights after Donald Trump in honor of the US president’s decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the northern territory. “I am here with my family and the masses of citizens of Israel at the foot of the Golan … Read More

Israel praises Trump on ending Iran oil sanction waivers

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Israel on Monday praised President Trump for not renewing waivers that allowed several foreign countries to buy oil from Iran without getting sanctioned. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that the decision “is of great importance for increasing pressure on the Iranian terrorist regime,” according to The Associated Press. “We stand with the United States’ determination … Read More

US to end sanction waivers for some nations importing Iranian oil

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from US sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran, officials said Sunday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on Monday that the administration will not renew sanctions waivers … Read More

Report: Iranian Oil Exports Hit a New Low in 2019 Amid Concern Over US Crackdown

Friday, April 19, 2019

JNS.org – Amid renewed US sanctions on Iran, the country’s oil exports hit a new low in 2019, reported Reuters. The report, citing tanker data and industry sources, said that “buyers are curbing purchases before Washington clamps down further on Iranian shipments as expected next month.” In November, the United States reimposed sanctions lifted under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, … Read More

Born in the Golan? U.S. passport will now say Israel

Friday, April 19, 2019

WASHINGTON – The State Department updated its manual to reflect President Donald Trump’s proclamation on the Golan Heights, and it now states that “US policy recognizes the Golan Heights as part of Israel. The Place of Birth for applicants born in the Golan Heights is Israel.” The previous version of the manual recognized the Golan … Read More

Turkey criticizes US for designating Iran’s Revolution Guard a terror group

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

ANKARA, Turkey — The US decision to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization is a dangerous development that could lead to chaos, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday. Speaking at a joint news conference with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Turkish minister also said that US sanctions were harming the … Read More