Current Issues

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

Esper promises Gantz to maintain Israel’s Middle East qualitative edge

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

09/23/2020 ‘Our partnership is built over generations based on shared values,’ US defense secretary stresses Israeli Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz visited the US Tuesday to discuss Middle East developments in a series of meetings with top American officials. With Washington and Abu Dhabi reportedly negotiating a deal over F-35 fighter jets in … Read More

Zoom said to cancel event with Palestinian terrorist hijacker Leila Khaled

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

09/23/2020 A planned speech by a Palestinian terrorist at a virtual event hosted by San Francisco State University suffered a setback Tuesday after Zoom reportedly pulled the plug on hosting the event amid a public outcry. Leila Khaled, who helped hijack an Israel-bound flight in 1969, was scheduled to give a speech on Wednesday as … Read More

Top Israeli officials head to Bahrain to hammer out normalization treaty

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

09/23/2020 A delegation of Israeli officials flew to Bahrain on Wednesday for talks meant to hammer out the details of the two countries’ formal normalization treaty after last week’s signing in Washington of a “Declaration of Peace” between the two governments. The flight followed a phone call Tuesday between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahraini Crown Prince … Read More

Palestinians quit Arab League role after bloc refuses to condemn Abraham Accords

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

09/22/2020 The Palestinians presided over the council’s latest session earlier this month The Palestinian Authority has stepped down from a key Arab League role in protest at the regional bloc’s failure to take a stand against recent Israeli normalization deals with Arab states, an official said Tuesday. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced the decision … Read More

Trump at UN: Other countries ‘coming fast’ to make peace with Israel

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

09/22/2020 US President Donald Trump reiterated his administration’s intention to broker additional normalization agreements between Israel and other countries in the Middle East, during a virtual address Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly. Highlighting the Israel-UAE and Israel-Bahrain agreements signed last week at the White House, Trump called them “landmark breakthrough with two peace … Read More

US warns American citizens in Bahrain of ‘need for caution’

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

09/22/2020 Gulf state signed normalization deal with Israel last week in White House ceremony The United States Embassy in Bahrain on Monday warned American citizens in the Gulf kingdom of the “need for caution,” days after Manama signed a US-backed deal with Israel. “The Embassy encourages all US citizens to review their personal security plans, remain … Read More

Israel forms part of newly launched Mediterranean energy forum

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

09/22/2020 The seven-member body includes Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority Energy minsters from seven countries, including Israel’s Yuval Steinitz, attended a virtual event “hosted” in Cairo Tuesday morning, which launched the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF). The seven principal members of the forum include, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Jordan, the … Read More

Sudan talks with UAE, US could lead to normalization with Israel – report

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

09/20/2020 Representatives of Sudan, the UAE and the US will hold a meeting in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to discuss a possible normalization agreement between Israel and Sudan, Axios has reported. In return for normalization with Israel, Sudan is seeking food shipments worth $1.2 b., a $2 b. grant or a 25-year loan to the … Read More

UAE’s first kosher restaurant launches in world’s tallest building

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

09/22/2020 Following the United Arab Emirates’ signing of a normalization accord with Israel last Tuesday, the UAE’s first-ever certified kosher restaurant has opened on the ground floor of the luxury Armani Hotel, situated in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The restaurant, Armani/Kaf, is certified glatt kosher under the supervision of Rabbi Levi Duchman, … Read More

Beginning of the end for anti-Israel BDS movement

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

09/21/2020 As you look around the globe, what countries’ treatments of their citizens, neighbors, or minorities appall you? Perhaps it’s communist China’s oppressive regime, which forces Uighur Muslims into labor camps and offers bounties on followers of Jesus Christ. Perhaps it’s Iran’s “catalogue of shocking human rights violations, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment.” Or maybe … Read More