ISSUES

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

US-Israel Relationship

Trumps Decision to Close PLO’s Mission in D.C. Advances Peace

US President Donald Trump’s administration’s decision Tuesday to close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission in Washington will help bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Michael Oren (Kulanu), a former ambassador to the United States.

Oren said Palestinian...

In Israel threat, Iran nuke chief warns of ‘harsh’ result if scientists attacked
Iran

Iran nuclear chief says atomic program strong in AP interview

Iran’s nuclear chief told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he hopes the atomic deal between Tehran and world powers survives, but warns the program will be in a stronger position than ever if not.

In a veiled threat to Israel, Ali Akbar Salehi also told the AP in an interview in Tehran that the consequences will be “harsh” if there are any...

Iran

AP Interview: Iran nuclear chief says atomic program strong

Iran’s nuclear chief told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he hopes the atomic deal between Tehran and world powers survives but warns the program will be in a stronger position than ever if not.
The remarks by Ali Akbar Salehi, who also serves as a vice president to Iran’s elected leader Hassan Rouhani, come as Iran tries to salvage an accord...

David Friedman
Hamas

We’ve thrown $10b at Palestinians; peace isn’t a millimeter closer

The United States has “thrown more than $10 billion” in aid to the Palestinians, but that spending has brought the region no closer to peace or stability, the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman charged Tuesday, in an address explaining why US President Donald Trump thought it was important to halt US funding to UNRWA, the UN’s Palestinian...

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at a meeting of the National Executive of Britains Labour Party on September 4, 2018 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Hamas

Corbyn’s anti-Semitism is a threat to all of us

The rise in anti-Semitism across Europe should be alarming to all of us, and not just for moral reasons. History shows that the mindset which embraces anti-Semitism rarely restricts its hatred to the Jewish minority.

Today’s threats against Europe’s Jewish populations are both different and more diverse than those in the past. Far-right extremism...

Hamas

Israel says struck Iranian targets in Syria 200 times in last two years

Israel has carried out more than 200 attacks against Iranian targets in Syria in the last two years, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday, in a rare summary of its campaign.

According to regional sources, Israel began carrying out military strikes in Syria in 2013 against suspected arms transfers and deployments by Iranian forces and their...

Cutting Aid to UNWRA
Hamas

US announces it’s cutting all funding to Palestinian refugee agency

The Trump administration announced Friday it is cutting nearly $300 million in planned funding for the UN agency that aids Palestinian refugees, and that it would no longer fund the agency after decades of support. Instead, it said it would seek other channels by which to aid the Palestinians.

The administration castigated the UN’s Relief and...

Hamas Leader
Hamas

Hamas Leader Threatens Israel With ‘Six Months’ of Rockets on Tel Aviv

The leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, said Wednesday that talks were underway on reaching a cease-fire deal with Israel, while issuing a threat that "all of the missiles that the Palestinian resistance fired during the 51 days of the last war it can fire in five minutes."
Hamas, he warned, had sent a message to Israel through...

Salafism Growing In Berlin
Hamas

Salafism’s Infiltration of Berlin Public Schools Increases Anti-Semitism in the Classroom

Germany faces a growing threat from children raised in Salafist families, according to the country’s domestic intelligence service.
A recent report issued by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), warned that these children are “educated from birth with an extremist world view that legitimizes violence against others and degrades...

New Missiles Purchased
Hamas

IDF’s New Missile Corps Will Revolutionize How Israel Wages War

The idea has long been in the works, but the Defense Ministry’s decision on Monday to finally purchase new precision ground-to-ground rockets for the Ground Forces is nothing short of a revolution. Years from now, it will also likely be looked at as one of the most significant decisions Avigdor Liberman will have made as Israel’s defense minister....

‘Over my dead body,’ Abbas reportedly says amid Gaza ceasefire talk
Hamas

‘Over my dead body,’ Abbas reportedly says amid Gaza ceasefire talk

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly lambasted a potential ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, saying such a deal would only be reached “over my dead body” and drawing a scathing response from Hamas.

“If the agreement is signed without the PA’s permission, it is illegal and constitutes treason,” Abbas said in...

Netanyahu warns Jews are still under threat
Hamas

Netanyahu warns Jews are still under threat

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Jews were still at risk even decades after the Holocaust, as he wrapped up a groundbreaking visit to Lithuania, a Baltic state once home to his forefathers.

“For the Jewish people, what has changed in these 75 years? Not the attempts to destroy us, they still seek to destroy us,” Netanyahu...

Increased troop deployment aims to secure Ashkelon amid fears Gaza's ruling terror group may try to attack from the sea
Hamas

Police to be deployed along coast amid fears of Hamas infiltration — TV report

Border Police will be stationed in the coming days along the coast of the southern city of Ashkelon amid IDF concerns that Hamas may try to infiltrate Israel for an attack by sea, according to a Sunday TV report.

Hadashot news said the additional troops will perform security operations, conduct patrols and keep constant lookout to detect any...

State Department says decision came following Trump-ordered review meant to ensure funds were 'spent in accordance with US national interests'
Hamas

US slashes aid to Palestinians by more than $200 million

The Trump administration has decided to cut more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinians, the State Department announced Friday, suggesting those tax-payer funds no longer served American interests.

The move is the ostensible result a review of US assistance to the Palestinian Authority that US President Donald Trump ordered in January,...

In latest blow to United Nations bodies, Trump's national security adviser says administration will 'de-fund' council accused of anti-Israel bias and office of UN rights chief
Hamas

Having pulled out of UNHRC, Bolton says US will now cut its funding

US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said Thursday that the United States will cut funding for the UN Human Right Council and for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in the administration’s latest blow against the United Nations.

“We are going to de-fund the Human Rights Council,” Bolton said in an...

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki speaks during a press conference at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
Hamas

Israel said to formally protest ICC’s unusual appeal to ‘Palestinian victims’

Israel has lodged a formal protest with the International Criminal Court (ICC) for launching a campaign last month to reach out to “victims of the situation in Palestine,” an unusual step which Jerusalem officials charge casts doubt on the court’s ability to treat the Jewish state fairly.

In a press release issued in July, three judges, who are...

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June 24 Charlotte, NC Night To Honor Israel

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June 22 Milford, DE Stand With Israel

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June 21 Janesville, WI Bilingual Pastor’s Luncheon

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June 2-4 Cape Cod, MA Stand With Israel