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.

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

Pence tells Netanyahu US backs Israel’s right to defend itself

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday spoke to US Vice President Mike Pence, who said that the US backs Israel’s right to self defense, as tensions skyrocketed in the Middle East following reports of Israeli strikes against Iranian and Iran-linked targets in multiple countries, and reported concern among Israeli officials over US President Donald Trump’s … Read More

US and Israel sign agreement to strengthen partnership

Friday, August 23, 2019

The United States and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Wednesday to strengthen the alliance between the two countries. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Mark Green and Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz signed the global partnership agreement in Jerusalem to enable “the American and Israeli private sectors to help increase employment … Read More

Australia signs on to US-led mission to protect Hormuz shipping

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia has joined Britain and Bahrain in signing onto a US-led maritime security mission to protect international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with Iran, the country’s prime minister said Wednesday. Australia will contribute troops, a surveillance plane and a Navy frigate to protect the shipping lanes from Iran, Prime … Read More

New York Governor Cuomo plans to bolster economic ties with Israel

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Empire State does the most business with Israel than any other state New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has plans to bolster economic ties with Israel despite already being its top trade partner, in order to make it a hi-tech capital akin to Silicon Valley. Cuomo recently held a two-day trade mission to the Jewish … Read More

Pompeo: ‘Clock is ticking’ on Iran arms embargo

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

U.S. secretary of state urges America’s allies to stop Iran from engaging in “destabilizing behavior,” warning of a possible Mideast arms race after U.N. arms embargo on Iran expires. (August 13, 2019 / JNS) Warning that sanctions and an arms embargo on Iran will expire in the coming months, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo … Read More

US ambassador, Israel president pay condolence visits to family of slain student

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

President Reuven Rivlin paid a condolence visit Monday to the family of Dvir Sorek, the 18-year-old killed in a terror attack in the West Bank last week, calling the youth an “inspiration.” Rivlin’s visit came shortly after US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman also paid a condolence call to the family in the settlement of … Read More

Israel to participate in US ‘Operation Sentinel’ in Strait of Hormuz

Thursday, August 8, 2019

(August 7, 2019 / JNS) Israel is assisting the U.S.-led naval mission to bolster security for vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said on Tuesday. According to a report by Israel’s Ynet news site, Katz told a closed session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Israel is … Read More

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