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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U.S. imposes new sanctions on Turkey over Syria offensive

The sanctions come after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and GOP Senator Lindsey Graham agreed Congress should pass a resolution to “overturn” Mr. Trump’s decision to pull troops. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also released a statement Monday saying he’s “gravely concerned” by what’s happening in Syria “and by our nation’s apparent…

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Trump demands Turkey halt Syria incursion, authorizes new sanctions

(October 15, 2019 / JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called on Turkey to immediately halt its offensive in northern Syria, and authorized new sanctions against the NATO member state. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States had imposed sanctions on Turkey’s ministers of defense, interior and energy, as well as their…

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ZILBERMAN: The U.S. Is Enabling Turkey’s Adversarial Behavior

A statement attributed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan goes like this: “Democracy is like a bus, when you arrive at your destination, you step off.” We know that Erdogan long ago stepped away from democratic norms, particularly after the failed coup of July 2016, which accelerated domestic repression and Ankara’s pivot to the East….

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US Ambassador Friedman at Evangelical rally: ‘Jerusalem literally keeps us safe’

Shared values and a common history, not soldiers and weapons, guarantee a nation’s security, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Sunday.

Addressing a rally of pro-Israel Evangelicals, Friedman hailed the recently inaugurated Pilgrimage Road, a new archaeological site in Jerusalem’s City of David, which lies underneath the Palestinian…

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US Ambassador sings to Israel, Shana Tova

In a video released by the the American administration for public affairs ambassador David Friedman greeted the people of Israel to have a happy Jewish new year in the name of the Trump administration.

In the video, The ambassador goes to a bee hive in order to retrieve the freshest honey he is capable of – there he is told that bees produce…

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On pre-holiday call, Trump highlights exiting Iran deal, backing Holocaust education, battling anti-Semitism

(September 27, 2019 / JNS) In the annual call on Friday ahead of the Rosh Hashanah holiday between Jewish communal leaders and the president of the United States, U.S. President Donald Trump recalled a friend telling him that neither moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in May 2018 nor recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights last…

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At UN, Trump calls on Mideast nations to fully normalize ties with Israel

NEW YORK — US President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Middle Eastern nations to fully normalize diplomatic relations with Israel, while maintaining that crippling US sanctions imposed on Iran would continue until the Islamic Republic changed its behavior.

Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, the US president accused Tehran of…

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US official said to warn Lebanon future sanctions will hit Hezbollah benefactors

A US official warned Lebanese politicians on Monday that future US sanctions would target any party suspected of providing “material” support to the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group, a Lebanese source told AFP.

Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea met Prime Minister Saad Hariri and parliament Speaker…

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Saudi Arabia joins US-led maritime coalition after attack on its oil production

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it joined a US-led coalition to secure the Mideast’s waterways amid threats from Iran after an attack targeting its crucial oil industry.

The kingdom’s decision to enter the International Maritime Security Construct came ahead of a planned visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo….

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Pentagon chief: US preparing response to attack on Saudi oil facility

WASHINGTON — United States Defense Secretary Mike Esper said Monday that the US military is preparing a response to the attack on major Saudi Arabia oil facilities.

After briefing US President Donald Trump in the White House, Esper singled out Iran as undermining international order, without directly pinning blame on Tehran for the attack.

“The…

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US sanctions leaders in terror groups Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad

(September 10, 2019 / JNS) The United States announced on Tuesday that it has sanctioned leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terror groups as part of amending an executive order to strengthen and expand the U.S. State and Treasury departments’ authority to target terrorists and their supporters.

Those leaders include…

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U.S. POLICE DELEGATION VISITS ISRAEL AHEAD OF 9/11 ANNIVERSARY

Close to 50 high-ranking American police officers are in Israel to take part in a series of consultations and events marking the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Known as the Police Unity Tour, the delegation will be in Israel for nine days to hold discussions with their Israeli counterparts and strengthen the domestic security…

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US nixes Security Council statement that fails to condemn Hezbollah

Washington rejects text that puts terror group and Israel on equal footing following exchanges of fire along border, diplomatic sources say.

The US on Thursday blocked a UN Security Council statement on tensions between Israel and Hezbollah that did not single out violence by the Lebanese terror group, forcing the text to be scrapped, according…

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KENTUCKY BECOMES 26TH US STATE TO PASS ANTI-BDS LAW

Gov. Matt Bevin signed Kentucky’s anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) legislation in the State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky on August 27.

The signing was primarily ceremonial since the law went into effect when it was passed by the state legislature during its last session, codifying into law Executive Order 2018-905 made by Gov. Bevin…

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Pompeo: Israel can rely on diplomatic, legal, military support in any war with Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated on Thursday that Israel can rely on diplomatic, legal and military assistance from Washington in the event of a war with Iran, however long.

In an interview with syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt, Pompeo pledged that Israel can rely on the United States for aid if the growing tensions with the Islamic…

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Bolton: Trump’s readiness to talk with Iran doesn’t signal shift in stance

US President Donald Trump’s willingness to hold direct talks with Iran doesn’t signal any change in his administration’s stance toward the Islamic Republic, his national security adviser, John Bolton, said Tuesday.

“Talking with them does not imply for President Trump changing your position and the idea that Iran would receive some tangible…

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At summer conference, pro-Israel students learn tools to respond to hostile campus environment

Universities have long been one of the toughest environments for pro-Israel students. They have battled stilted curriculums when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more recently, grappled with on-campus pressure in the face of growing BDS activity. Combined with a general uptick in anti-Semitism, including the deadly shootings in…

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Pence tells Netanyahu US backs Israel’s right to defend itself

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday spoke to US Vice President Mike Pence, who said that the US backs Israel’s right to self defense, as tensions skyrocketed in the Middle East following reports of Israeli strikes against Iranian and Iran-linked targets in multiple countries, and reported concern among Israeli officials over US President…