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

Israel, US Successfully Complete Series Of Advanced Version David’s Sling Missile Tests

Iron Dome system upgrade not only includes short-range rockets and mortars but also drones, cruise missiles.

Israel’s Defense Ministry in conjunction with the United States Missile Defense Agency (USMDA) announced Tuesday a successful series of intercept tests of an advanced version of the David’s Sling Weapon System.
The Israel…

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Congress Passes 2021 Defense Funding Bill, Including $3.3 Billion In Aid To Israel


The Senate on Friday passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2021, a massive bill which provides $740 billion in funding for a range of defense-related issues for the next fiscal year, including at least $3.3 billion that will go to Israel security assistance.

The Senate voted 84 to 13 in favor of the NDAA. The…

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Israel’s Trophy APS System Backs US Battle Tanks

US forces in Europe are featuring a new Israeli technology that will make them less vulnerable to attack, according to a report in Task and Purpose.

US Army M1 Abrams tanks deployed to Europe are now packing a battle-tested Israeli-made active protection system designed to thwart Russian anti-tank missiles.

Photos released on July 10 ahead of…

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US House Votes to Maintain Security Aid to Israel

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2021 on Tuesday that includes the continuation of American assistance to Israel for missile-defense programs and other initiatives.

The Pentagon blueprint for the upcoming year allocates $500 million towards missile-defense systems in Israel…

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House Appropriations Subcommittee approves $3.3 Billion to Israel security

WASHINGTON – The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2021 bill on Monday which will provide funds to Israel security in addition to giving aid to the Palestinians.

The bill next heads to the full Committee for markup. It will provide the funds according to the…

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Israel-US Defense Tech Cooperation May Soon Get a Big Congressional Boost

A bipartisan effort is making its way through the US Congress that could see new support for Israel-US defense cooperation. It is a unique effort that now includes both a bill in the Senate called the United States-Israel Military Capability Act of 2020 and H.R. 7148 in the House of Representatives “to establish a US-Israel Operations-Technology…

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On US President’s Birthday, Israel Okays Building Plans For ‘Trump Heights’

An Israeli cabinet minister on Sunday said the government approved plans to build a new village on the Golan Heights named after US President Donald Trump.

Settlements Minister Tzipi Hotovely wrote on Facebook that her ministry will start preparations for Ramat Trump — Hebrew for “Trump Heights” — to house 300 families.

Israel captured the Golan…

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Senate Armed Services Committee Votes to Continue Security Aid, Jets to Israel

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee approved a $740.5 billion 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Wednesday that includes the continuation of American assistance to Israel for missile-defense programs. It will also allow six F-35 jets meant to be delivered to Turkey to be used instead by the U.S. Air Force.

The closed-door vote…

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US: Pompeo Hints at Incoming Actions Against International Criminal Court

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly hinted Monday at an upcoming US pushback against the “corrupt” International Criminal Court (ICC).
In an interview to a podcast by the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank, Pompeo said the action will not just be taken by the State Department — instead, a multi-agency pressure campaign…

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Ted Cruz Proposes Bill for US-Israel Medical Partnership

Senator Ted Cruz is leading the effort to establish a bilateral cooperative program that joins American and Israeli resources to battle the ongoing pandemic.

The United States has recently become the epicenter of COVID-19. The US has over 1.6 million confirmed cases and 95,000 deaths due to the virus to date.

Legislation such as the CARES Act,…

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Ashkenazi: Trump Middle East Peace Plan a ‘Historic Opportunity’ for Israel

Newly appointed Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi called U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan a “historic opportunity.”

However, he said on Monday, the U.S. plan would be advanced “responsibly, with full coordination with the United States and maintaining all of the State of Israel’s peace agreements and strategic interests,”…

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Medical Supplies From Israel Arrives in San Antonio as Part of Three-Day Humanitarian Cargo Mission

SAN ANTONIO – The pandemic has continued to spotlight the arduous work San Antonians do and The San Antonio International Airport (SAT) showed us their hard work with their role in a humanitarian cargo mission.

According to a press release, SAT is the the epicenter of a three-day humanitarian cargo mission, where four international cargo flights…

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Pompeo, Friedman ‘Warmly Welcome’ New Israeli Government

Top American diplomats took to social media on Sunday evening to congratulate Israel on the swearing-in of its 35th government.

Following the televised swearing-in ceremony, which was preceded by five-minute speeches from each party leader, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman offered words of praise on…

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House Members Introduce Bill to Enhance US-Israel Efforts Against COVID-19

A bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that would authorize a new partnership program to enhance cooperation between the United States and Israel to develop innovative approaches for treating and potentially curing COVID-19.

Reps. David Kustoff (R-Tenn.), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Lance Gooden (R-Texas) and…

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Congress Members Write Pompeo, Urging Action Against Anti-Israel Bias at International Criminal Court

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate sent similar letters on Wednesday to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling on him to combat the International Criminal Court’s alleged anti-Israel bias.

Out of the 100 members of the Senate, its letter was signed by 69 of them, 43 Republicans and 26 Democrats, while the House…

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After Jerusalem Visit, Pompeo Says He Was ‘Impressed’ by Israel’s Efforts to Defeat Coronavirus

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a lightning trip on Wednesday to Israel, where he met with top leaders to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and the Iran threat, among other issues.

US and Israeli statements during Pompeo’s eight-hour visit to Israel reaffirmed strong bilateral ties, but did little to explain why Pompeo felt a need to fly…

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Pompeo: ‘Israel has Right to Defend Itself, US will Consistently Support You in that Effort’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel Wednesday morning and delivered a brief joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Pompeo began by offering his condolences to the family of the 21-year-old Israeli soldier, Staff Sgt. Amit Ben Ygal, that was killed during Tuesday’s operation in the West Bank.

“It reminds us…

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Pompeo Scheduled to Visit Israel, Meet Heads of New Coalition Government

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to visit Israel next week, according to media reports on Wednesday.

The scheduled 24-hour visit would be the first by a senior foreign official since Israel closed its borders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The reason for Pompeo’s upcoming visit is unclear, but would come as Israel is about to…