U.S. – Israel Relationship

At CUFI, we believe a strong, secure, and sovereign Israel is key to a strong and secure United States. Israel needs America, and America needs Israel. We are two nations with shared values, defending the same principles, and thus engaged in the same fight against common enemies. On May 14, 1948, the US was the first country to recognize the nascent State of Israel just eleven minutes after Israel declared its independence. Since then, the US has been a friend to Israel, our most critical ally in the Middle East. One of CUFI’s core concerns is to shape and strengthen the US-Israel relationship to the safety and security of both our nations.

Senate Committee Approves Trump Pick for Israel Envoy

Thursday, March 9, 2017

President Donald Trump’s pick for Israel envoy passed the Senate committee stage with full Republican support Thursday, despite lingering doubts from some Democrats on the panel. Ambassador-designate David Friedman faced a tough confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February, during which he repeatedly expressed regret over inflammatory remarks he made in the … Read More

Trump will move embassy, one-congressman mission predicts

Monday, March 6, 2017

US President Donald Trump will likely decide to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the head of a Congressional fact-finding mission into a possible relocation said on Sunday. The small delegation, headed by Representative Ron DeSantis of Florida, the only congressman on the trip, visited three possible locations in Jerusalem, and determined … Read More

US reconsidering membership in UN council, urges end to Israel ‘obsession’

Thursday, March 2, 2017

President Trump’s administration confirmed it is reviewing the United States’ participation in the U.N. Human Rights Council, warning Wednesday that it wants the international body to reform its agenda and end its “obsession with Israel.” Washington critics have argued that the Geneva-based council unfairly targets Israel over allegations of human rights violations and alleged war … Read More

President Trump opens joint session of Congress with condemnation of anti-Semitism

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    WASHINGTON — In a noteworthy move, President Donald Trump opened his highly anticipated address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night by speaking out against the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks across the country Noting his Feb. 28 speech came at the end of Black History Month, Trump said the recurrent surges … Read More

Senior GOP lawmaker to reintroduce bill cutting PA funds over terrorist payouts

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham will reintroduce legislation on Tuesday that would cut US funding to the Palestinian Authority if it continues to provide monetary support to the families of those who commit acts of terror against Israelis and others. The bill, known as the Taylor Force Act, was first introduced last year … Read More