U.S. – Israel Relationship

At CUFI, we believe a strong, secure, and sovereign Israel is key to a strong and secure United States. Israel needs America, and America needs Israel. We are two nations with shared values, defending the same principles, and thus engaged in the same fight against common enemies. On May 14, 1948, the US was the first country to recognize the nascent State of Israel just eleven minutes after Israel declared its independence. Since then, the US has been a friend to Israel, our most critical ally in the Middle East. One of CUFI’s core concerns is to shape and strengthen the US-Israel relationship to the safety and security of both our nations.

Rafael delivers US army tank protection systems

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Israeli company’s first consignment of Trophy anti-missile protection systems is part of a $500 million deal with the US Army. Israeli defense electronics company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. says that it has delivered a first consignment of Trophy anti-missile protection systems to the US Army for Abrams tanks and armored personnel carriers (APCs). … Read More

U.S. imposes new sanctions on Turkey over Syria offensive

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The sanctions come after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and GOP Senator Lindsey Graham agreed Congress should pass a resolution to “overturn” Mr. Trump’s decision to pull troops. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also released a statement Monday saying he’s “gravely concerned” by what’s happening in Syria “and by our nation’s apparent response so … Read More

Trump demands Turkey halt Syria incursion, authorizes new sanctions

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

(October 15, 2019 / JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called on Turkey to immediately halt its offensive in northern Syria, and authorized new sanctions against the NATO member state. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States had imposed sanctions on Turkey’s ministers of defense, interior and energy, as well as their departments. … Read More

ZILBERMAN: The U.S. Is Enabling Turkey’s Adversarial Behavior

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A statement attributed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan goes like this: “Democracy is like a bus, when you arrive at your destination, you step off.” We know that Erdogan long ago stepped away from democratic norms, particularly after the failed coup of July 2016, which accelerated domestic repression and Ankara’s pivot to the East. … Read More

US Ambassador Friedman at Evangelical rally: ‘Jerusalem literally keeps us safe’

Monday, October 7, 2019

Shared values and a common history, not soldiers and weapons, guarantee a nation’s security, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Sunday. Addressing a rally of pro-Israel Evangelicals, Friedman hailed the recently inaugurated Pilgrimage Road, a new archaeological site in Jerusalem’s City of David, which lies underneath the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, as a “once … Read More

US Ambassador sings to Israel, Shana Tova

Monday, September 30, 2019

In a video released by the the American administration for public affairs ambassador David Friedman greeted the people of Israel to have a happy Jewish new year in the name of the Trump administration. In the video, The ambassador goes to a bee hive in order to retrieve the freshest honey he is capable of … Read More

At UN, Trump calls on Mideast nations to fully normalize ties with Israel

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

NEW YORK — US President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Middle Eastern nations to fully normalize diplomatic relations with Israel, while maintaining that crippling US sanctions imposed on Iran would continue until the Islamic Republic changed its behavior. Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, the US president accused Tehran of trafficking in “monstrous anti-Semitism” … Read More

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