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.

Orthodox Jewish woman named cybersecurity chief for US spy agency

Thursday, July 25, 2019

An Orthodox Jewish woman whose parents were among the hostages rescued by Israeli commandos from Entebbe Airport has been tapped to head the United States National Security Agency’s new Cybersecurity Directorate. Anne Neuberger of Baltimore has worked at the NSA for the past decade. She helped establish the US Cyber Command and worked as chief … Read More

Netanyahu and Perry discuss US-Israel cooperation achievements

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry discussed the achievements of US-Israel cooperation in a meeting on Tuesday. Netanyahu took the opportunity to thank US President Donald Trump for recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and for his strong action against Iran, including sanctions. “It’s very important that … Read More

Greenblatt: Israel is the victim in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Thursday, July 18, 2019

  (July 18, 2019 / JNS) In an interview with Judy Woodruff for “PBS NewsHour,” U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt wasn’t to blame for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and said that the Jewish state is “trying their best … under very, very trying circumstances.” Uploaded to the PBS website on Wednesday and broadcast … Read More

U.S. REMOVING TURKEY FROM F-35 PROGRAM ‘WILL HARM STRATEGIC TIES’

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Turkish Foreign Ministry responded to the United States’ decision to remove Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, saying it is ‘not fair,’ and will harm strategic ties between two NATO allies. The decision to remove Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program was announced by the US on Wednesday, a move that had … Read More

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