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.

US-Israel Relationship

Want to make peace in the Middle East? First stop terror

Visiting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem yesterday, President Trump shared a key insight.  He noted that “Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded.”  As Trump seeks to end a conflict that has resisted the best efforts of each of his predecessors going back to Ronald…

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Nechama Rivlin’s moving gift to Melania Trump and the First Son

US First Lady Melania Trump was the recipient of one very moving gift dedicated to her 11-year-old son Barron by none other than Israel’s First Lady, Nechama Rivlin (wife of President Reuven Rivlin) during the former’s stay in Israel.

Melania accompanied her husband, US President Donald Trump, on his maiden tour abroad as sitting president….

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CUFI Talking Points: President Trump Seeks Peace Through Strength

President Trump’s Middle East Trip

President Donald Trump recently left the Middle East after a brief visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel.  While the president did not do and say everything we would have asked, we were very pleased with this visit.

He began with an important speech in Saudi Arabia. The President did not apologize for American…

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Trump makes history as first serving US president to visit Western Wall

Fifty years after Israel captured the Western Wall, US President Donald Trump on Monday became the first sitting American leader to visit the holy site, in a historic visit that saw him accompanied by his Jewish relatives in Jerusalem’s ancient Old City.

Entering the Old City’s warren of alleyways on Monday — on lockdown by police for his visit —…

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Israeli Cabinet Minister Tzachi Hanegbi: U.S. Moving Embassy to Jerusalem Moral Thing to Do

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Why Trump’s promise to move US embassy to Jerusalem is so controversial

Despite President Trump’s campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it doesn’t seem as though his upcoming foreign trip will be the time for him to announce the relocation.

Like presidents before him, Trump expressed his support for Israel while in campaign mode and said the embassy should be moved to “the…

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Israel pulls out all the stops for Trump visit

At an unimaginable cost in time, effort and human resources, both the Americans and the Israelis are leaving no stone unturned for the visit on Monday of US President Donald Trump, who will be the first sitting President to visit the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem. Other US Presidents who visited the Wall did so before they were elected…

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Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely On Jerusalem, Iran Threat, U.S./Israel Relations

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God Will Judge Nations For How They Treated Israel

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says Western Wall belongs to Israel

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the Western Wall belongs to Israel and Israel’s capital should be in Jerusalem.

Haley made the comments during an interview Tuesday with the Christian Broadcasting Network in the wake of reports that a Trump administration official, responding to a request that Israeli officials…

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New US ambassador David Friedman arrives in Israel, prays for Trump

The new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, arrived in the country on Monday to take up his position amid a swirling debate over whether the embassy should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Immediately after arriving, Friedman traveled to Jerusalem, where he went to the Western Wall and offered a prayer for US President Donald Trump

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Israeli UN Ambassador Urges Security Council to ‘Act Immediately’ to End Palestinian Authority Payments to Terrorists

The Security Council must “act immediately” to halt the flow of money from the Palestinian Authority to jailed terrorists, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon declared on Thursday.

“Aid provided by the donor countries to the PA every year ends up funding terrorists who murdered innocent Israelis,” Danon said in a statement.

In a letter sent…

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President Trump ‘still reviewing’ embassy move to Jerusalem – White House

The president has not made a decision yet and is still reviewing that,” Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at the daily press briefing.

Sanders was asked about a report on the Hebrew-language news site NRG that implied Israeli sources were notified Trump had decided against moving the embassy and would sign a waiver in…

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Nikki Haley rolling back UN’s ‘anti-Israel bias,’ Israeli official says

Former S.C. gov. Nikki Haley’s performance so far as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is getting rave reviews from one U.S. ally.

Israel’s justice minister told a New York crowd Sunday that her country is no longer “the United Nations’ punching bag,” now that Haley is representing the United States, according to the Washington Free Beacon….

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US planes to fly in Israeli Air Force exercise this week

American and Israeli pilots will take to the skies for a joint exercise near the southern city of Eilat this week, the army said.

The drill will take place at the Israeli Air Force’s Ovda air base, just north of Eilat.

Ovda is the home of the air force’s Flying Dragon Squadron, also known as the Red Squadron, which plays the role of enemy…

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US military chief to visit Israel, discuss IS, Syria – report

US military head Joseph Dunford will visit Tel Aviv on Monday to meet his Israeli counterparts and discuss fighting the Islamic State on the Jewish state’s borders, according to a report Sunday.

Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, according…

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US lawmakers urge recognition of Jerusalem births as in Israel

Dozens of US lawmakers wrote a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week calling on him to change the longstanding policy of refusing to recognize Americans born in Jerusalem as individuals born in Israel.

The State Department has long resisted recognizing Jerusalem as part of Israel in Americans’ birth certificates and other…

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Benjamin Netanyahu “I look forward to talks with Trump to advance peace”

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said he looked forward to talking with US President Donald Trump about the best way to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

He spoke just one day after Trump announced the start of a new peace processduring a joint press conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud…