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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Haley Takes PA to Task After ‘Hateful’ Comments By Abbas

In her first official reaction to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s fiery speech this week, US Envoy to the UN Nikki Haley said Washington is “not going to pay to be abused.”

Speaking during a wide-ranging interview with Voice of America’s Greta Van Susteren, Haley took the PA to task. “Don’t think that you can sit there and say…

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US ready to hold millions of dollars from UN agency for Palestinians: report

President Trump is reportedly ready to cut part of its aid package to the United Nations agency that oversees aid to Palestinian refugees , The Associated Press reported on Sunday.

The news outlet, citing anonymous officials, said Trump is mulling cutting aid for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) from $125 million to $60 million but has not…

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Backing Trump criticism, Netanyahu suggests US reroute aid to Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday backed US President Donald Trump’s criticisms of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an agency dedicated exclusively to serving Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East, and suggested that US funding to the organization be instead rerouted to the UN body responsible for all…

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U.S.-Israel Relations: A Special Alliance

Introduction
Since President Harry Truman decided to recognize Israel eleven minutes after its declaration of independence, the United States and Israel have had a special relationship, which has evolved over time into a web of military, economic, academic, bureaucratic and personal connections at the local, state and federal levels.
Strategic…

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January 5,1964: Pope Paul VI and President Zalman Shazar of Israel meet

Meeting at Megiddo, the scene of ancient battles, both voiced hope for a moral revival and for peace among men.

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Trump threatens to cut off US aid to Palestinians over Jerusalem dispute

Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority, asking why Washington should make “any of these massive future payments” when the Palestinians were “no longer willing to talk peace.”

In a tweet, the president dismissed Palestinian…

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Trump underscores unequivocal support for Israel by moving embassy

Early this month, I celebrated as President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the future location of our U.S. Embassy. His declaration was bold and clear, and it crystalized America’s unequivocal support for Israel — our greatest ally in the Middle East. In making his declaration, the president Trump was reflecting not just…

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Planned Western Wall train station to be named for Trump — minister

A train station that will be built next to the Western Wall will be named after US President Donald Trump.

The decision was made by Transportation Minister Israel Katz, who said: “The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to name the train station that leads to it after president Trump – following his historic…

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Haley announces $285M cut in 2018-19 UN operating budget

Calling it “a big step in the right direction,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday night announced a historic reduction in the U.N. biennial operating budget.

Haley said the plan calls for a $285 million cut for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known,” Haley…

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Trump threatens to slash aid to countries backing UN Jerusalem vote

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday cautioned he could slash funding to countries that support a UN General Assembly resolution on Thursday that seeks to annul the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re…

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Israel is not the cause of Middle East’s problems, US security strategy says

US President Donald Trump’s first National Security Strategy declares that Israeli is not the root cause of Middle East turmoil, while also pillorying Iran as the world’s leading sponsor of state-sponsored terrorism.

The document — designed to serve as a framework for the Trump administration’s approach to the world — says that while the…

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US vetoes Security Council bid to reverse Jerusalem recognition

The United States on Monday vetoed a United Nations Security Council draft resolution condemning the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and calling on countries not to move diplomatic missions to the city.

The other 14 members of the council voted in favor of the text, but US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s “no” vote ensured that…

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White House ‘cannot envision situation’ where Western Wall is not part of Israel

WASHINGTON — A senior administration official told reporters on Friday that the White House “envisions” the Western Wall will remain part of Israel under any accord with the Palestinians.

The comments follow US President Donald Trump’s December 6 declaration that recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. They are certain to delight Israeli…

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Defiant Haley chides fuming Security Council members: ‘Change is hard’

At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said President Donald Trump knew his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would raise “questions and concerns,” but that he took it to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

“I understand the concerns that…

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Trump tells Abbas, Jordan king of ‘intention’ to move embassy to Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday spoke to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II over the phone, informing them separately of his “intention” to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump “informed the president (Abbas) on his intention to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” a…

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Top Israeli Minister Says Timing Is Favorable for US Recognition of Jerusalem as Jewish State’s Capital

Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz has dismissed concerns that US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state might undercut the expected peace initiative currently being prepared by the White House.

His comments — in a far-reaching interview with The Algemeiner in New York City last Thursday — came a day before the…

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Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in Wednesday speech — report

WASHINGTON — Defying longstanding American policy, US President Donald Trump will give a speech Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to an Axios report on Friday.

A White House spokesman, contacted by The Times of Israel on Friday afternoon, would not confirm the story. “The president has always said it is a matter of…

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Jewish leaders back Education Department nominee, pro-Palestinian groups slam him

WASHINGTON—Leaders of major American Jewish organizations are rallying around Kenneth L. Marcus, the nominee for assistant secretary of education for civil rights, as pro-Palestinian groups denounce him for opposing the BDS movement.

Marcus, an attorney, served in the Department of Education’s civil rights division and then was staff director of…