US-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.

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MIT and Israeli universities join forces to research STEM with new fund

The fund will grant awards of up to USD $30,000 and will also support professors with travel costs between Israel and the United States. Faculty from MIT, Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa and the Weizmann…

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House Majority Leader Hoyer expects progress on anti-BDS bill in ‘relatively near future’

(May 16, 2019 / JNS) U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on Wednesday that legislation to allow state and local governments the right to punish state or local contractors from boycotting Israel will go forwards “in the relatively near future.”

“The is considering this, and I expect to be moving something out of the committee in…

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US Ambassador to Germany: Anti-Semitism is a ‘human problem’ that must be rooted out

(May 15, 2019 / JNS) U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell marked his first year in the German capital on May 8. In that short time, the ambassador advocated for American interests in Germany, which, in his case, also align with many Israeli interests. He has encouraged German companies to cut ties with Iran, assisted in getting convicted…

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US Republicans launch bid to force House vote on BDS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republicans want to force a vote on a controversial bill meant to oppose the anti-Israel boycott.

The bill, which earlier this year passed the Senate, has been held up in part because the Democrats, who control the US House of Representatives, say it poses a threat to First Amendment free speech protections.

The bill would…

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Trump on anniversary of Jerusalem embassy move says it’s ‘a proud reminder’ of strong US-Israel ties

(JTA) — One year after the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem, President Donald Trump called it “a proud reminder of our strong relationship with Israel.”

Trump referenced the anniversary in a tweet Tuesday.

The Jerusalem municipality marked the date by projecting Israeli and American flags onto the walls of the Old City.

The…

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Friedman fires back at ‘The New York Times’: ‘Where am I off saying God is on the side of Israel?’

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman fired back at The New York Times Wednesday over an article castigating him for claiming that Israel was “on the side of God” while speaking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the upcoming U.S. peace proposal.

Speaking to a group of Evangelical faith leaders at the Aish Hatorah World Center,…

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As tensions increase, Trump warns that Iran will ‘suffer greatly’ if ‘they do anything’

(May 13, 2019 / JNS) Amid increasing tensions between the United States and Iran, U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Monday that Tehran will “suffer greatly” if “they do anything.”

“We’ll see what happens with Iran. … If they do anything, they will suffer greatly,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office in response to reports that two oil…

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Israeli president thanks American astronaut for her plans to bring Israeli flag into space

Meir, the daughter of a mother from Sweden and an Iraqi-Israeli father, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about the Israeli flag she’s bringing with her last week. She also plans to take some socks sporting menorahs among her personal items.

“Thank you for taking us with you on your world journey in space,” Rivlin said in a statement.

Meir, 41,…

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Wary of Iran, White House said weighing plan to send 120,000 troops to MidEast

The White House has reportedly been reviewing a plan to send as many as 120,000 US troops to the Middle East if Iran accelerates its uranium enrichment or attacks American targets.

The ambitious plan, which would take weeks or months to complete and which approaches the scale of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, was presented last Thursday at a…

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US warns of increased risk of terror attacks in Israel on anniversary of embassy move

(May 14, 2019 / JNS) The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem issued a security warning Monday night regarding increased risk of terrorist attacks over the next few days.

According to the warning, which the embassy posted on its website, “terrorist groups may choose the anniversary” of the embassy’s move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, “which coincides with the…

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A year after opening the Jerusalem embassy: On the right side of history

On May 14, 2018, the United States finally opened its embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem. In making the courageous decision to take this historic step, President Donald Trump not only fulfilled a 23-year-old mandate from the United States Congress but he also recognized a 3,000-year-old truth that Israel’s enemies have long sought to…

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Texas governor signs amendment to limit scope of state Israel boycott law

(JTA) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation that limits the scope of a law already on the books that bans the state from doing business with Israel boycotters.

The new legislation exempts individuals and businesses valued at less than $100,000 or employing fewer than ten full-time employees from the ban on doing business with companies who…

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US officials: Iran seems to be moving ballistic missiles by boat to Persian Gulf

(May 8, 2019 / JNS) Iran appears to be moving short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in the Persian Gulf in response to United States moving an aircraft strike group to the Middle East, several U.S. officials told CNN, in response to the threat from Tehran.

U.S. Central Command spokesperson Capt. Bill Urban said on Tuesday that they had seen…

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Amid Gaza violence, Trump says US supports Israel 100% in defending its citizens

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States supports Israel “100%” as it protects its people from an onslaught of rockets fire from Gaza.

“Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” Trump tweeted Sunday evening in his first remarks since the surge in…

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US anti-Semitism envoy: We may reconsider ties with countries deemed anti-Israel

The US may reconsider its relationships with countries it deems to be anti-Israel, the Trump administration’s envoy for anti-Semitism said in an interview published Sunday.

“The United States is willing to review its relationship with any country, and certainly anti-Semitism on the part of a country with whom we have relations is a deep concern,”…

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US sends reinforcements to Middle East, warns Iran of ‘unrelenting force’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration is deploying air and sea strike forces to the Middle East in response to what it described as “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran.

It’s not clear what Iranian escalations National Security Adviser John Bolton was referring to Sunday evening in a statement. Israel blames a…

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Israel, U.S. issue $40m. call for energy collaborations

The Energy Ministry, Israel Innovation Authority and US Department of Energy have issued a $40 million call for proposals for the newly-established US-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology.

The joint energy center, managed by the BIRD Foundation, aims to promote the energy security and economic development of…

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Sens. Cruz, Kaine introduce resolution condemning ‘all forms’ of anti-Semitism

(May 3, 2019 / JNS) Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a resolution on Thursday condemning “all forms” of anti-Semitism to mark Yom Hashoah, or Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world and here in America,” said Cruz in a statement. “In just the last few weeks, we have seen it…