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.

Israel to acquire 50 F-35 jets, examining deal for third squadron

Monday, December 30, 2019

The Israeli Air Force currently has 20 F-35 stealth fighter jets in its possession and is on the way to acquiring 50 aircraft—two squadrons—a senior executive from Lockheed Martin, the defense corporation that manufactures the jet, has said. On a recent visit to Israel, Gary North, vice president for customer requirements at Lockheed Martin, who … Read More

Congress to Education Dept.: Don’t fund anti-Israel programs

Monday, December 23, 2019

Eight members of Congress called for the US Department of Education to prevent federally-funded Middle East Studies Centers from implementing academic boycotts of Israel. In a letter sent to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Congress members expressed “concerns that federally-funded Middle East Studies National Resource Centers (NRCs) are misusing their Title VI grant funds,” and … Read More

Government confirms it will ban Israel boycotts by councils and public bodies

Friday, December 20, 2019

The Government has confirmed it will proceed with banning local councils from boycotting Israel, as the Conservatives promised in their election manifesto. “One innovation this speech introduces is we will stop public bodies from taking it upon themselves to boycott goods from other countries to develop their own pseudo-foreign policy against a country which with … Read More

Congress passes bill requiring annual scrutiny of PA educational materials

Thursday, December 19, 2019

(December 19, 2019 / JNS) The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill which will require the Secretary of State to review Palestinian Authority and United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) educational materials on an annual basis. The Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act (H.R. 2343) was introduced by … Read More

US VP Pence expected to visit Israel for Auschwitz ceremony

Thursday, December 19, 2019

US Vice President Mike Pence is expected to visit Israel in January for a ceremony marking 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, local media reported on Wednesday. The event could even draw other world leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron. There are ongoing talks between … Read More

Senate passes measure giving $500 million in aid to Israel; sanctions Iran and Assad

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

(December 17, 2019 / JNS) The U.S. Senate passed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Thursday, which includes U.S.-Israel missile-defense cooperation and up to $25 million for U.S.-Israel counter-unmanned aerial-systems cooperation, as well as sanctioned President Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria, and its allies Iran and Russia. U.S. President Donald Trump is expected … Read More

At Hanukkah party, Trump signs controversial executive order on anti-Semitism

Thursday, December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Flanked by evangelical Christian leaders, Jewish members of his administration, and even a few House Democrats, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that would target alleged anti-Semitism — primarily in the form of Israel boycotts — on college campuses. At the annual White House Hanukkah Party, Trump put into place … Read More

Netanyahu tells Christian leaders: Stand with the truth about Israel

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The friendship between Jerusalem and pro-Israel Christians is based on shared values, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a meeting with lawmakers from 25 countries on Monday. “There are two kinds of friendships: friendships based on values and friendships based on interests. Sometimes they overlap,” Netanyahu told the delegation from the Israel Allies Foundation in … Read More

Mayor Moshe Lion gives green light to US embassy project

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, has announced that the municipality has given the green light to the project of building a permanent headquarters for the US embassy in Israel’s capital. Lion and deputy mayor Fleur Hassan Nahoum discussed the project’s details in a meeting with embassy personnel and US State Department representatives Addison Ted … Read More

Trump calls out anti-Semitism and BDS, touts Israeli Americans

Monday, December 9, 2019

(December 7, 2019 / JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday night called out anti-Semitism and the anti-Israel BDS movement, vowed to keep pressure on Iran and touted his pro-Israel record in front of an overwhelmingly friendly crowd of 4,000 Israelis living in America. At the Israeli-American Council’s annual conference in Southeast Florida, Trump listed … Read More