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At CUFI, we are focused on several key issues with the goal of defending Israel’s strength, security, and sovereignty.

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Israel successfully tests airborne laser interception of drones

06/21/2021
The defense establishment recently completed the first test of an airborne laser system, which successfully destroyed several drones, in what Defense Minister Benny Gantz hailed a major "technological breakthrough."
As part of the tests, the laser intercepted several unmanned aerial vehicles flying at various altitudes and at varying...

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White House says Joe Biden has no plans to meet with Ebrahim Raisi

06/21/2021
United States intends to continue negotiating with Iran over nuke deal

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that US President Joe Biden had no plans to meet with newly elected Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
"We don't intend to meet," Psaki told reporters during a White House press briefing.
Ebrahim Raisi, a...

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Israeli Air Force welcomes fifth-ever female fighter pilot

06/21/2021

Four women and 35 men received their Israeli Air Force wings last week at a graduation ceremony in Hatzerim Air Force Base in the Negev.

The newly-minted IAF pilots include the first woman in nearly five years and the fifth woman ever to become a fighter pilot in Israel.

Sixty-two women have completed the IAF pilots’ course...

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Israeli researchers measure continuous traumatic stress from rockets

06/21/2021

Israeli scientists have created a new and unique methodology to measure the impact that rocket attacks had on traumatic stress.

Published in the open-access online academic journal PLOS ONE, the study by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev worked to identify three very distinct factors: exhaustion/detachment,...

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US Defense Department approves replenishment of Israel’s Iron Dome system

06/21/2021

The United States has pledged to replenish and reinforce Israel's Iron Dome system following the most recent escalation between Israel and allied terror groups in the Gaza Strip, which culminated with over 4,300 rockets being shot into Israeli territory.

Israel requested $1 billion from the United States to replenish the IDF’s...

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IDF seeking increased military cooperation with Gulf states under CENTCOM

06/19/2021

Strengthening military coordination against Iran will be a main topic of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi’s visit to Washington, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

According to a report in Walla News and confirmed to the Post, Kohavi will discuss expanding and increasing military coordination with the forces of CENTCOM –...

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Iran’s sole nuclear power plant undergoes unexplained emergency shutdown

06/20/2021

Iran’s sole nuclear power plant underwent an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown, state TV reported on Sunday.

An official from the state electric energy company, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and would last “for three to four days.”

He said that power...

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IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi embarks Sunday on first US military visit to discuss Iranian nuclear threat

06/17/2021

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, will depart for his first official military visit to the US on Sunday to talk with his counterparts about the Iranian nuclear threat and other challenges in the region.

Kochavi will be a guest of the the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United...

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It’s time to fight the United Nations’ anti-Israel bias

06/18/2021

Without Israel as its primary target for condemning resolutions and direct isolation, the United Nations (UN) would have little reason to exist. It does not condemn or act against state-sponsorship of terrorism by Iran. It looks the other way at ethnic cleansing in China. It is impotent in responding to Russia seizing the territory....

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IDF destroys Syrian outpost used by Hezbollah

06/17/2021

The IDF struck a Syrian outpost near the city of Quneitra on Thursday, marking the first strike on the northern border by the government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

The post, some 150 meters away from the border, was affiliated with the Syrian Army’s 90th Brigade and First Corps, and had been frequented by Hezbollah...

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IDF attacks targets in Gaza in response to incendiary balloons

06/17/2021

The IDF attacked targets in Gaza Thursday night in response to incendiary balloon attacks launched from the region, Palestinian media reported.

No injuries have been reported so far. The IDF allegedly forewarned Gaza residents prior to attacking 10 Hamas targets in the Strip, N12 news reported. The strikes were carried out near...

Statement from CUFI Chairman Pastor John Hagee on passing of Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg

Diana and I are heartbroken at the passing of Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, my dearest friend and one of America’s greatest spiritual leaders.

Rabbi’s beautiful optimistic approach to his fellow man and his deep and abiding passion for the Torah made him an individual whom the world could not help but love. Over forty years ago, Rabbi made an...

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US Senate passes a resolution condemning the recent rise of antisemitism

06/16/2021

The US Senate passed by a voice vote on Monday a resolution “unequivocally condemning the recent rise in antisemitic violence and harassment targeting Jewish Americans, and standing in solidarity with those affected by antisemitism, and for other purposes.”

Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada) and James Lankford (R-Oklahoma),...

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Gulf states: Nuclear talks should address Iran missile program

06/16/2021

Gulf Arab states said on Wednesday it would be dangerous to separate global powers’ nuclear deal with Iran from Tehran’s missile program and “destabilizing” behavior, and reiterated a call that they be included in the dialogue.

World powers and Iran entered a sixth round of talks in Vienna on Saturday to revive the 2015 nuclear...

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IDF destroys Hezbollah outpost in Syria – report

06/17/2021

The IDF destroyed a Syrian army outpost frequented by Hezbollah officials, according to a Ynet report.

The outpost, which was destroyed by IDF tankfire, had welcomed senior Hezbollah officials responsible for terrorist activities in the Syrian Golan on numerous occasions.

Read More: Jerusalem Post

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Morocco’s king congratulates Israeli PM Bennett, vows to promote peace in region

06/16/2021
Israel's premier responded that he would “work to reinforce Israeli-Moroccan relations in all areas"

Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Wednesday became the latest signatory of the Abraham Accords to offer his country's and his personal congratulations to newly installed Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
In his letter, the...

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Haley, Hagee show solidarity in visit to Israel, warn against revitalized Iran

06/16/2021

“Israel, you are not alone. … We represent 10 million-plus people in America and these people say to you Israel, we have your back.”

That was the message of Pastor John Hagee, chairman and founder of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States. Hagee was in Israel on a June 13-14...

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Nikki Haley visits Israel as part of ‘solidarity mission’ as Dem infighting continues in US

06/13/2021
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is visiting Israel as part of a "solidarity mission" to the U.S. ally -- just as Democrats are fighting among themselves over their positions on the conflict between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas.
"No matter the challenges, the people of Israel always celebrate life and thank God for...

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Gaza incendiary balloons spark fires in southern Israel

06/15/2021
At least 10 fires caused by arson balloons on Tuesday ahead of planned flag march in Jerusalem

Incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip sparked at least 10 fires in southern Israel on Tuesday, according to the Southern District Fire and Rescue services.
Most of the blazes were in thorny fields with Eli Cohen, spokesperson...

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Gantz vows to work with US on preventing nuclear Iran in meeting with Biden envoy

06/15/2021

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz told interim American envoy to Israel Michael Ratney on Monday that the Jewish state will continue to work with the US on preventing a nuclear Iran.

“I emphasized that ours is a dialogue between strategic allies and friends in closed rooms, who share a concern for the stability and best...