ISSUES

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

Hezbollah

Hezbollah steps up preparations for Lebanon’s collapse

04/18/2021

Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror organization is advancing its preparations for the possibility that the state may collapse, Reuters reported on Friday.

The group is expanding its food ration card system, importing medicine and preparing storage for fuel to be delivered by the organization’s patron, Iran, the report said.

These steps...

Anti Semitism

UK: Vandals target Jewish graves at Belfast cemetery

04/18/2021
Police open hate crime probe, review CCTV footage and urge public to help with any info on incident

Vandals targeted 10 Jewish graves at the Belfast, Northern Ireland, City Cemetery, local media reported over the weekend.
Images circulating on social media capture overturned and damaged headstones at graves located within the...

In The News

Explosives-Laden Drone Targets U.S. Forces in Iraq

04/14/2021

A drone dropped explosives near U.S. forces stationed at Erbil airport in northern Iraq late on Wednesday, Kurdish officials said, with no immediate reports of casualties.

A separate rocket attack killed a Turkish soldier at a military base nearby, the Turkish defence ministry said.

It was the first known attack...

In The News

Direct flights between Israel and Bahrain starting in June

04/18/2021
Gulf Air, the national airline of Bahrain, announced that in June, the airline will provide direct flights between Bahrain and Israel, according to a report by Mako.

Direct flights from Bahrain will be landing at Ben-Gurion Airport. The first flight will take off from Bahrain to Tel Aviv on June 3 and land in the Israeli city at...

In The News

Israel, Greece sign $1.65 billion defense deal, largest on record between the two nations

04/18/2021
Athens approved deal on establishing Elbit-run International Flight Training Center in early January

Israel and Greece signed their largest defense deal on record, worth NIS 5.4 billion, or about $1.65 billion dollars, the Israeli Defense Ministry announced on Sunday.
The deal includes an International Flight Training Center to...

In The News

Israel: We’ll do whatever it takes, ‘definitely’ stop Iran from getting bomb

04/16/2021

Israel’s foreign minister said Friday that his country was determined to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon, after Tehran promised to step up its uranium enrichment process.

“We will do whatever it takes to prevent the extremists from succeeding, and definitely will prevent this regime from having a nuclear weapon,” Israeli...

In The News

IDF strikes Hamas targets after rocket fired at Israel

04/17/2021
Israel attacked Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Friday in response to a rocket that landed in a southern Israeli field Thursday night, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
"IDF fighter jets and aircraft recently attacked a munitions manufacturing site, a weapons smuggling tunnel and a military post belonging to the Hamas...

In The News

Israel will do ‘whatever it takes’ to thwart Iran’s nuclear threat – Israeli foreign minister

04/16/2021
Top diplomates of Israel, UAE, Greece, and Cyprus meet in Cyprus to discuss challenges to peace

Israel will do "whatever it takes" to ensure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said on Friday.
Speaking after a summit  in Paphos, Cyprus, with his Greek and Cypriot counterparts and a senior...

Iran

Iran’s Nuclear Program: How Close Is Tehran to Developing Nuclear Weapons?

04/16/2021

After months of deadlock, Iran, the U.S. and the remaining five parties to the 2015 nuclear deal in April agreed to resume negotiations in Vienna to restore the accord. While U.S. and Iranian officials won’t hold direct discussions for now, bringing them to the same gathering for two rounds of meetings so far in the Austrian capital...

In The News

Iran announces it has successfully enriched uranium to 60% purity

04/16/2021
Tehran announced on Friday morning that it has successfully enriched uranium to 60% purity, according to a senior Iranian lawmaker.
Tehran's Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf confirmed the development in a tweet, praising the country's nuclear scientists for the achievement.
"I am proud to announce that at 00:40 last night,...

In The News

Foreign ministers of Israel, UAE, Greece, Cyprus to meet Friday

04/14/2021

The foreign ministers of Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Greece and Cyprus will meet in Paphos, Cyprus on Friday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The statement issued Thursday said it would be the first meeting of its kind involving the four nations, as part of efforts to advance regional strategic interests.
...

In The News

IDF strikes Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire

04/15/2021

The IDF struck targets belonging to the Hamas terrorist group throughout the Gaza Strip on Thursday night in response to rocket fire earlier from the Strip towards Israel, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

The targets included a munitions manufacturing site, a weapons smuggling tunnel and a military post, according to the...

In The News

NASA names two asteroids after Israeli student who discovered them

04/13/2021

NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is naming two recently discovered asteroids after an Israeli student who found them during an asteroid-hunting project, it was announced on Friday.

Aseel Nama, a biomedical engineering student at the Technion–-Israel Institute of Technology, grew up in the Arab town of Deir...

Iran

Iran capable of enriching uranium to weapon-grade level, Rouhani warns

04/15/2021
Rouhani asserts that Iran not aiming to create nukes, vows to slash enrichment to 2015 threshold if US rejoins

Tehran could begin enriching uranium to weapons-grade level, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani warned Thursday in his remarks on state TV, as cited by the Russian TASS agency.
He stressed, however, that creating nuclear...

In The News

Israel resumes its Independence Day flyover in full force

04/15/2021
Israelis flock to parks and nature reserves to hold the traditional holiday barbecues

Israel Air Force fighter jets traversed the skies of the Jewish state on Thursday to celebrate its 73rd Independence Day after the annual flyover was limited the previous year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This time around Israelis were be...

In The News

Israel celebrates nearly coronavirus-free Independence Day

04/14/2021

As Israel concluded its Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims, a day of sadness and introspection, the country’s citizens have prepared for a shift in mood, with the start of Independence Day celebrations at sunset on Wednesday, in a nearly coronavirus-free environment.

After a year of lockdowns and limitations,...

In The News

Memorial Day: Israel comes to a standstill to honor 23,928 of its fallen soldiers

04/14/2021
Israel came to a standstill at 11 am on Wednesday as a two-minute siren sounded across the country to commemorate 23,928 of its fallen soldiers and 4,176 civilians slain in terrorist attacks on Memorial Day.
At the main state ceremony held in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “We are marking 73 years of resurrection,...

In The News

Over 40 years of peace between Israel and Egypt

04/14/2021
CUFI Coffee Break
During the Six Day War of 1967, Egyptian President Nasser lost sovereignty over the Sinai Peninsula. His successor, President Anwar Sadat, was determined to regain it. In an effort to negotiate with Israel, he flew to Jerusalem and met with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The negotiations looked promising, but...

In The News

Biden decides to advance sale of F-35 fighter jets to UAE

04/14/2021

US President Joe Biden's administration has told Congress it is proceeding with more than $23 billion in weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates, including advanced F-35 aircraft, armed drones and other equipment, congressional aides said on Tuesday.

A State Department spokesperson said the administration would move forward with...

In The News

Netanyahu to US defense secretary: We won’t let Iran obtain nukes

04/12/2021

Hosting US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at his office in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel and the US agree on never allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.

“As you know, the US-Israel defense partnership has continually expanded over successive administrations and our cooperation is crucial...