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.

US official said to warn Lebanon future sanctions will hit Hezbollah benefactors

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

A US official warned Lebanese politicians on Monday that future US sanctions would target any party suspected of providing “material” support to the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group, a Lebanese source told AFP. Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea met Prime Minister Saad Hariri and parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday during a two-day … Read More

Saudi Arabia joins US-led maritime coalition after attack on its oil production

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it joined a US-led coalition to secure the Mideast’s waterways amid threats from Iran after an attack targeting its crucial oil industry. The kingdom’s decision to enter the International Maritime Security Construct came ahead of a planned visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. … Read More

Pentagon chief: US preparing response to attack on Saudi oil facility

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — United States Defense Secretary Mike Esper said Monday that the US military is preparing a response to the attack on major Saudi Arabia oil facilities. After briefing US President Donald Trump in the White House, Esper singled out Iran as undermining international order, without directly pinning blame on Tehran for the attack. “The … Read More

US sanctions leaders in terror groups Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

(September 10, 2019 / JNS) The United States announced on Tuesday that it has sanctioned leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terror groups as part of amending an executive order to strengthen and expand the U.S. State and Treasury departments’ authority to target terrorists and their supporters. Those leaders include Marwan Issa, … Read More

U.S. POLICE DELEGATION VISITS ISRAEL AHEAD OF 9/11 ANNIVERSARY

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Close to 50 high-ranking American police officers are in Israel to take part in a series of consultations and events marking the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Known as the Police Unity Tour, the delegation will be in Israel for nine days to hold discussions with their Israeli counterparts and strengthen the domestic … Read More

US nixes Security Council statement that fails to condemn Hezbollah

Friday, September 6, 2019

Washington rejects text that puts terror group and Israel on equal footing following exchanges of fire along border, diplomatic sources say. The US on Thursday blocked a UN Security Council statement on tensions between Israel and Hezbollah that did not single out violence by the Lebanese terror group, forcing the text to be scrapped, according … Read More

KENTUCKY BECOMES 26TH US STATE TO PASS ANTI-BDS LAW

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Gov. Matt Bevin signed Kentucky’s anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) legislation in the State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky on August 27. The signing was primarily ceremonial since the law went into effect when it was passed by the state legislature during its last session, codifying into law Executive Order 2018-905 made by Gov. Bevin last … Read More

Bolton: Trump’s readiness to talk with Iran doesn’t signal shift in stance

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

US President Donald Trump’s willingness to hold direct talks with Iran doesn’t signal any change in his administration’s stance toward the Islamic Republic, his national security adviser, John Bolton, said Tuesday. “Talking with them [Iran] does not imply for President Trump changing your position and the idea that Iran would receive some tangible economic benefit … Read More

At summer conference, pro-Israel students learn tools to respond to hostile campus environment

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Universities have long been one of the toughest environments for pro-Israel students. They have battled stilted curriculums when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more recently, grappled with on-campus pressure in the face of growing BDS activity. Combined with a general uptick in anti-Semitism, including the deadly shootings in Pittsburgh and Poway, many Jewish … Read More