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 Republicans launch bid to force House vote on BDS

Thursday, May 16, 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republicans want to force a vote on a controversial bill meant to oppose the anti-Israel boycott. The bill, which earlier this year passed the Senate, has been held up in part because the Democrats, who control the US House of Representatives, say it poses a threat to First Amendment free speech protections. … Read More

US warns of increased risk of terror attacks in Israel on anniversary of embassy move

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

(May 14, 2019 / JNS) The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem issued a security warning Monday night regarding increased risk of terrorist attacks over the next few days. According to the warning, which the embassy posted on its website, “terrorist groups may choose the anniversary” of the embassy’s move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, “which coincides … Read More

A year after opening the Jerusalem embassy: On the right side of history

Monday, May 13, 2019

On May 14, 2018, the United States finally opened its embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem. In making the courageous decision to take this historic step, President Donald Trump not only fulfilled a 23-year-old mandate from the United States Congress but he also recognized a 3,000-year-old truth that Israel’s enemies have long sought to erase. … Read More

Texas governor signs amendment to limit scope of state Israel boycott law

Monday, May 13, 2019

(JTA) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation that limits the scope of a law already on the books that bans the state from doing business with Israel boycotters. The new legislation exempts individuals and businesses valued at less than $100,000 or employing fewer than ten full-time employees from the ban on doing business with … Read More

US officials: Iran seems to be moving ballistic missiles by boat to Persian Gulf

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

(May 8, 2019 / JNS) Iran appears to be moving short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in the Persian Gulf in response to United States moving an aircraft strike group to the Middle East, several U.S. officials told CNN, in response to the threat from Tehran. U.S. Central Command spokesperson Capt. Bill Urban said on Tuesday that they … Read More