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.

Betsy DeVos: Efforts to boycott Israel are a ‘pernicious threat’ in colleges

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday that a movement to boycott Israel has become a “pernicious threat” on college campuses and is fueled by bias against Jews. Speaking at a Justice Department summit on anti-Semitism, DeVos issued a scathing rebuke of the BDS movement, a campaign led by pro-Palestine activists calling for a boycott, … Read More

Trump and Netanyahu talk Iran

Friday, July 12, 2019

  WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone about increased tensions with Iran. “The two leaders discussed cooperation between the United States and Israel in advancing shared national security interests, including efforts to prevent Iran’s malign actions in the region,” the White House said Thursday, describing … Read More

Pence to rabbi of Poway Chabad: Your faith inspired the nation

Friday, July 12, 2019

  US vice president makes unannounced visit to synagogue that was scene of deadly April shooting, is blessed by congregation’s spiritual leader Yisroel Goldstein US Vice President Mike Pence paid a surprise visit on Thursday to a San Diego area synagogue that was the scene of a deadly shooting attack three months ago, telling the … Read More

U.S. embassy hosts July 4th celebration for first time in Jerusalem

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

(JTA) — The U.S. Embassy hosted its annual Fourth of July party in Jerusalem for the first time, days after its ambassador participated in the inauguration of a controversial archaeological tourist site in eastern Jerusalem. Prior to this year’s celebration, held at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, the party for the fourth was held at … Read More

Trump: Israeli-Palestinian peace can only be achieved when I am president

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

US President Donald Trump, during the conclusion of the G20 summit in Japan, said that if a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians is not reached during his presidency, then it will never happen. “With me being president, if you don’t get that deal done, it will never happen,” Trump said. This comes … Read More

Anti-Israel protesters end rallies at Amsterdam’s WWII memorial

Monday, July 1, 2019

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Campaigners for boycotting Israel said they will stay away from this city’s World War II monument, where their supporters have staged incidents of anti-Semitic hate speech and violence. Gustav Draijer, a leader of Holland’s Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, announced Sunday that regular, so-called one-man protests by BDS protesters at Dam Square … Read More

Starting quarterback for the Houston Texans get baptized in the Jordan River

Friday, June 28, 2019

(June 27, 2019 / JNS) Houston Texans starting quarterback Deshaun Watson was baptized in Israel during his first trip there, accompanied by the group America’s Voices In Israel, which organizes week-long trips to the Jewish state for celebrities. “It is simply overwhelming,” said Watson, who was in Israel with his trainer, Quincy Avery. “To be baptized in the … Read More

Patriots owner Kraft pledges $20 million to battle anti-Semitism, BDS

Friday, June 21, 2019

AP — The owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, accepted Israel’s prestigious Genesis Prize at a lavish ceremony on Thursday, where he pledged $20 million to establish a foundation dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel. In his keynote address, Kraft told the audience of Israeli and international dignitaries … Read More

NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson says he’s wowed by Israel

Friday, June 21, 2019

Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson toured Jerusalem Thursday and said that while he’d had no expectations before his first trip to Israel, after only a few days the visit already had a major impact on him. “It’s definitely a life-changing experience for you to really feel the energy of Israel and especially Jerusalem,” Watson … Read More

Trump’s UN pick vows to fight anti-Israel bias, anti-Semitism

Thursday, June 20, 2019

(June 19, 2019 / JNS) Nearly four months after being nominated, Kelly Craft—U.S. President Donald Trump’s pick to replace Nikki Haley as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations—vowed on Wednesday to fight the international body’s anti-Israel bias, in addition to calling out anti-Semitism. “Without U.S. leadership, our partners and allies would be vulnerable to bad … Read More