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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Netanyahu says Israel ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with US after attack

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel stands “shoulder to shoulder” with the US “in mourning and sorrow,” after a deadly mass shooting during which at least 58 people were killed and over 500 were injured in Las Vegas.

“On this terrible day, the people of Israel stand shoulder to shoulder with the American people in mourning…

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Israeli Aid Teams Deploy to Florida’s Hardest-Hit Areas in Wake of Hurricane Irma

Israeli rescue and humanitarian aid groups have deployed to the hardest-hit areas in Florida, including the Florida Keys and Naples areas, in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which struck last weekend.

In the Florida Keys, teams from the Israel Rescue Coalition (IRC) and United Hatzalah brought aid and medical assistance as well as much needed water…

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16 years on, US and Israel mourn 9/11 attacks, laud anti-terror alliance

Holding photos and reading names of loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9/11 victims’ relatives and others marked the anniversary of the attacks at Ground Zero on Monday with a solemn and personal ceremony.

In Israel, an estimated 500 people gathered at the KKL-JNF Jewish National Fund’s “Living Memorial” in the Jerusalem Hills at the US Embassy’s…

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ZAKA team helping with hurricane clean-up in Houston

The eight-member team will be joined by four more volunteers in the coming days, the organization said. The volunteers currently are assisting throughout the city with tasks ranging from clearing debris to delivering food.

The ZAKA volunteers were briefed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is overseeing the recovery efforts, and…

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Israelis Help in Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts

IsraAID, an Israeli-based international non-governmental aid agency, is on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma helping the victims of the tornado clean up and rebuild their lives. IsraAID has provided relief and assistance after the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, amongst many other natural…

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Israel Rescue Coalition to send special crisis unit to Houston

A team of Israeli mental health professionals will arrive in Houston on Thursday morning to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The response effort was organized by the Israel Rescue Coalition, which is comprised of hundreds of volunteer responders primarily specializing in search and rescue operations. The IRC has been involved in major disaster…

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Report: US Delegation Discussed Moving Embassy to Jerusalem With Netanyahu

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting last week with a high-level US diplomatic delegation, the issue of a moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was reportedly addressed by both parties.

The US team, led by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, included Trump’s international…

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Israeli paramedic joins in Wyoming rescue

JERUSALEM (Press Release) –– Gavy Friedson, a former Jerusalemite and a United Hatzalah volunteer EMT, saved a young boy in Jackson Hole, Wyoming while he was on tour explaining how the organization works to local EMS teams. During the lecture to the Jackson Hole ambulance department and EMS teams, the local teams received a call that a…

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Israel and US Reportedly Stepping Up Cooperation on Missile Defense

Israel and the United States are stepping up their close cooperation on developing missile defense systems, Defense News reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, the US is helping to build three Israeli defense systems that intercept airborne threats before they reach their targets: The Arrow-3 for long-range missiles, David’s Sling for…

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Lt. Col Allen West On Threats Gathering Against America and Israel

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Pro-Israel Christians Have Unique Opportunity Under Trump Administration

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PA minister defends payments deemed incentives to murder by US senators

Monthly payments to families of those imprisoned for attacking Israelis contribute to stability in Palestinian society rather than encourage terrorism, the senior Palestinian official in charge of disbursing them told The Jerusalem Post Sunday.

“This assistance has never encouraged terrorism, the opposite is true,” said Issa Qaraqe, head of the…

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Why The British Government Must Support Israel + Confront Radical Islam

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Taylor Force act passes Senate hurdle, on path to become law

WASHINGTON – A Senate bill that would force the Palestinian Authority to end its program of compensating convicted murderers and terrorists in Israel passed through a critical committee markup and vote on Thursday.

The Taylor Force Act – originally drafted exclusively by Republicans – earned support from Democratic senators and several Israel…

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PA payments to prisoners, ‘martyr’ families now equal half its foreign aid

The Palestinian Authority’s 2017 budget for payments to inmates in Israeli prisons and so-called “families of martyrs” is equal in sum to about half of the foreign aid Ramallah expects to receive this year, a recently published Israeli report shows.

According to the PA Finance Ministry’s 2017 budget, published on its website earlier in July,…

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Expert: $3K Per Month PA Salary for Halamish Killer Will Give ‘Momentum’ to Taylor Force Act

The e monthly salary of approximately $3,000 that the Palestinian Authority will pay to terrorist Omar al-Abed could be a powerful spur to a pending US legislative bill that would slash aid to the PA over its “martyr payments” policy, a leading Middle East expert told The Algemeiner on Tuesday.

“This is definitely going to put wind in the sails…

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House passes bill that includes $705m. for US-Israel missile defense cooperation

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives passed a massive $696 billion defense policy bill on Friday that designates $705 million for US-Israel missile defense cooperation.

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed 344 to 81, increases spending on these programs by $105 million more than in last year’s budget. The total figure…

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Decrying ‘Abominable’ PA ‘Martyr Payments’ Policy, Former US Officials Pledge Support for Taylor Force Act at Senate Hearing

Former top US diplomatic official Elliott Abrams told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that Washington should suspend payments that directly benefit the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it ends its policy of “martyr payments” to the families of convicted Palestinian terrorists — a practice deemed “abominable” by former US…