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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All 100 US senators to UN: End ‘unacceptable’ anti-Israel bias

All 100 US senators signed a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Thursday demanding an end to the “unacceptable” anti-Israel bias in the international body.

The strongly worded letter, authored by Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and released on Friday, was signed by every member of the US Senate.

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Talks underway for Trump to make first Israel visit in May

Officials in Jerusalem and Washington are in advanced talks to arrange a visit by US President Donald Trump to Israel in May, an Israeli official said Wednesday in what would be Trump’s first ever visit to Israel.

The official confirmed talks were ongoing, but said no date had yet been set.

Israel Radio said the talks had been going on for…

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Trump said bidding to defeat new anti-Israel UNESCO resolution

The Trump administration has reportedly ordered US ambassadors in UNESCO member states to initiate meetings with their host countries’ foreign ministries in a bid to defeat an anti-Israel resolution that is to be debated at the UN cultural organization next week.

The passage last October by 23 votes to 6 of a UNESCO resolution sponsored by Arab…

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President Trump at Holocaust event vows ‘We will confront anti-Semitism’

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump delivered his strongest denunciation of anti-Semitism yet onTuesday, calling Holocaust deniers “accomplice(s) to this horrible evil” and vowing to “confront anti-Semitism.”

In a keynote speech inside the ornate US Capitol rotunda at an annual Holocaust remembrance event organized by the US Holocaust Memorial…

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Allies knew of Holocaust in 1942, 2 years before previously assumed, UN documents prove

Recently released documents show that the Allied forces were aware of the scale of the Holocaust some two years earlier than previously assumed. They did little to stop the deaths or rescue the victims.

The unsealed United Nations files show that the US, UK and Russia knew as early as December 1942 that two million Jews had been massacred and…

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Defense Secretary James Mattis to Visit Israel During Week-Long Middle East Trip Meant to ‘Reaffirm Key US Military Alliances

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis will stop in Israel this coming Friday during a week-long trip to the Middle East.

During his visit — Mattis’ first to the Jewish state since taking over at the Pentagon in January — the retired Marine general will hold meetings with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and…

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When Moses almost parted the Red Sea on the Great Seal of the United States

If Ben Franklin had his way, the Great Seal of the United States might have featured Moses instead of a bald eagle.

Moses was one of several Hebrew prophets admired by the Puritans who created the early American colonies, and the revolutionaries who led those colonies to independence. This reverence is part of a provocative new book by Yale…

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Palestinian men convicted of killing American tourist in Israel charged in US

Two Palestinian men convicted in Israel of murdering a U.S. citizen who was hiking near an Israeli archaeological site could face prosecution in the United States if they’re ever released from an Israeli prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement Thursday that Ayad Fatafta and Kifah Ghanimat each face a…

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Trump, Pence boost hopes to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have boosted speculation for big cuts to U.S. contributions to the United Nations and moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by meeting with a prominent group that promotes both causes.

Late last Friday, leaders from Christians United for Israel, including Pastor John C. Hagee and Gary…

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WATCH: Israeli, American naval commandos train together

Elite soldiers from the Israel Navy joined forces with US Navy SEALS last week in the latest in an ongoing series of joint exercises involving the two countries’ armed forces

The Shayetet 13 Naval Commandos, Sa’ar 5 missile ships, Naval Special Warfare vessels and other Israeli Navy sea craft took part in the drills.

The forces trained for…

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American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley: All I’ve Done With Israel Is Tell the Truth

“All I’ve done with Israel is tell the truth,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told a New York City gathering on Wednesday about the prominent role she has taken in defending the Jewish state since she assumed her current position two months ago. “So when I saw something wrong, I called it out.”

At a Council on Foreign Relations event, the…

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Time to De-Fund the Palestinian Authority

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Israel, US agree to cooperate on army veteran issues

Israel and the United States agreed on a number of information-sharing efforts in the treatment of veterans on Tuesday, according to Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan’s office.

The cooperation decision was reached by Ben Dahan and US Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin in Washington, DC, while the deputy defense minister was in the US…

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David Friedman sworn in as President Trump’s envoy to Israel

Bankruptcy attorney David Friedman has been sworn in as US envoy to Israel, becoming President Donald Trump’s first ambassador to take office.

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office Wednesday to Friedman, who is Trump’s former bankruptcy lawyer.

Pence called Israel the United States’ “most cherished ally,” while Israel’s envoy…

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Jerusalem mayor, President Trump’s peace envoy meet in White House

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat met with US President Donald Trump’s peace envoy Jason Greenblatt on Friday at the White House.

According to a laconic statement issued by the Jerusalem Municipality, the two discussed “issues relating to Jerusalem.”

“Greenblatt is a true lover of Jerusalem,” Barkat said in the statement following the meeting.

The…

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CUFI Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Amb. David Friedman

SAN ANTONIO – On Thursday, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, welcomed the Senate’s confirmation of David Friedman to serve as the next US Ambassador to Israel. Supporting the Friedman nomination was a top priority for the Christian Zionist group.

CUFI’s effort began with the organization’s public…

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US boycotts UN discussion on Israeli human rights abuses

The US on Monday issued a strongly worded statement accusing a United Nations body of longstanding bias against Israel.

Amid threats from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to withdraw entirely from the United Nations Human Rights Council, the State Department announced it would boycott the council’s entire Monday discussion about alleged human…

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Tillerson: UN Human Rights Council must reform or US will leave

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is vowing that the U.S. will leave the United Nations’ Human Rights Council if the organization does not undertake “considerable reform.”

“While it may be the only such organization devoted to human rights, the Human Rights Council requires considerable reform in order for us to continue to participate,” he wrote…