Current Issues

At CUFI, we are focused on several key issues with the goal of defending Israel’s strength, security, and sovereignty.

Israeli Navy successfully launches new sea-to-sea missile for corvettes

Friday, September 25, 2020

09/25/2020 ‘The introduction of the system will… ensure continued naval superiority,’ IDF says The Israeli Navy and the Ministry of Defense successfully conducted a trial of a new sea-to-sea missile system, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson said in a statement Friday. During the trial, a missile was fired at a dummy target vessel meant to … Read More

Report: Israel-Sudan, Oman normalization deals could be announced next week

Friday, September 25, 2020

09/25/2020 Extensive talks between parties are being held to push peace process through, report says Normalization deals between Israel and Sudan and Oman could be announced as soon as next week, Hebrew-language newspaper Maariv reported on Friday morning. US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft spoke at the 75th UN General Assembly in New York City this week, … Read More

IDF troops thwart attempted firebombing; two Palestinians reportedly wounded

Thursday, September 24, 2020

09/24/2020 Israeli forces conducting operations near Kafr Malik in Judea and Samaria opened fire on a group of Palestinians who had been preparing to hurl firebombs, the Israel Defense Forces said on Wednesday. “The soldiers identified a number of terrorists who attempted to throw Molotov cocktails and fired at them. A hit was identified,” the … Read More

US ambassador threatens Turkey over pharmaceutical debt

Thursday, September 24, 2020

09/23/2020 The US ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, on Wednesday warned Ankara that American pharmaceutical companies could abandon it if Turkey did not pay its debt. Speaking at the US-Turkey Business Council, Mr Satterfield said Turkey’s debt to US pharmaceutical companies increased from $230 million to $2.3 billion in the past year and was damaging … Read More

Arab funding for Palestinian Authority down 85% in 2020: report

Thursday, September 24, 2020

09/24/2020 Ramallah said to have received $38 million in first 7 months of 2020 compared to $267 million in early 2019 Arab aid for the Palestinian Authority plummeted by 85 percent in 2020, the New Arab reported Wednesday. According to the report, while in the first seven months of 2019, Ramallah received $267 million from Arab states, … Read More

Saudi king warns UN of Iranian threat, backs US peace efforts in Middle East

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

09/23/2020 In his address to the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman called upon world leaders to confront Iranian nuclear aspirations as a united front and expressed support for US Middle East peace efforts. In his pre-recorded speech, Salman said that his country’s stance on Iran was one of peace, “but to … Read More

Israeli Air Force makes history: First female F-35 pilot

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

09/18/2020 Twenty years after the first woman took to the skies as Israel’s first combat pilot, the Israel Air Force has made history with its first female F-35 pilot. Cpt. S. flew F-16s before she began flying combat missions in the advanced stealth fighter jet in the 116th squadron, nicknamed “Lions of the South” based … Read More

Israel’s pursuit of peace in the Oslo Accords

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

CUFI Coffee Break Lesson 33 The world had high hopes for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on September 13, 1993, when Prime Minister Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat signed the historic agreement now known as the Oslo Peace Agreement on the lawn of the White House with President Bill Clinton present. The … Read More

Explosion rocks alleged Hezbollah arms cache in Lebanon, casualties reported

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

09/22/2020 A Hezbollah weapons cache exploded in a small town in southern Lebanon on Monday, sending up billowing clouds of black smoke, causing widespread damage and several casualties, according to unconfirmed reports. While there was no immediate confirmation by officials as to the cause of the explosion in the small town of Ain Qana, an … Read More