ISSUES

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

Nikki Haley
US-Israel Relationship

Haley Takes PA to Task After ‘Hateful’ Comments By Abbas

In her first official reaction to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's fiery speech this week, US Envoy to the UN Nikki Haley said Washington is "not going to pay to be abused."

Speaking during a wide-ranging interview with Voice of America's Greta Van Susteren, Haley took the PA to task. "Don’t think that you can sit there and say...

Lt. Col. T. will be the first female pilot to act as Squadron Commander in the IAF
Israel Defense Force (IDF)

Air Force appoints first female commander of aviation squad

For the first time, a woman is to command an aviation squad, the army announced Tuesday, some 16 years after Roni Zuckerman became the first Israeli woman fighter pilot.

The major, whose name cannot be published for security reasons, is to be promoted to lieutenant colonel and will head a squadron of aviation at an Israel Air Force base.

“She...

Israel Defense Force (IDF)

Israeli leaders applaud operation targeting terrorists behind rabbi’s murder

Israeli leaders praised the work of security forces Thursday after a pre-dawn operation in Jenin killed a Palestinian terrorist believed to be behind last week’s fatal shooting of Israeli rabbi Raziel Shevach.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, currently on a trip to India, hailed the troops and warned any would-be terrorists that Israel would be...

Iran

With claws unsheathed, Iran creeps up on Israel

The Israeli officer leant forward in the seat of his patrol car and pointed across the desolate valley. A few miles away, the white houses dotted on the Syrian side of the border were just visible in the January gloom.

“That’s where the Syrian regime is,” he barked. “Hand in hand with them is Iran, which wants to wipe Israel out, and Hezbollah,...

Hamas

US withholds $65 million from UN agency for Palestinians

WASHINGTON, United States — The United States sent $60 million to keep the UN relief agency for Palestinians (UNRWA) in operation but withheld a further $65 million while it urged others to pay more, a State Department official said Tuesday.

“There is a need to undertake a fundamental re-examination of UNRWA, both in the way it operates and the...

Christian Persecution

Pence promise fulfilled: US changes rules on the UN to help Christian and minority victims of ‘genocide’ in Iraq

Help appears finally to be on the way to thousands of desperate Christian, Yazidi and other minority refugees in northern Iraq, more than two months after Vice President Mike Pence promised last October 25 to  “stop funding ineffective relief efforts at the United Nations” and “provide support directly to persecuted communities through USAID.”
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Incitement

Danon to UN Secretary-General: Condemn Abbas’s ‘hateful’ and ‘racist’ speech

NEW YORK - Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon demanded on Monday that Secretary General António Guterres condemn an inflammatory speech delivered by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas the previous day.

In a letter sent to Guterres’s office, Danon claimed that the PA leader had disparaged the State of Israel with “hateful” and “racist”...

Incitement

Palestinian leaders urge PLO to suspend recognition of Israel

RAMALLAH  — Palestinian leaders voted on Monday to call for the suspension of recognition of Israel, as they met in response to US President Donald Trump’s acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The vote ordered the Palestine Liberation Organisation to suspend its recognition of the Jewish state until Israel “recognizes the state of...

US-Israel Relationship

US ready to hold millions of dollars from UN agency for Palestinians: report

President Trump is reportedly ready to cut part of its aid package to the United Nations agency that oversees aid to Palestinian refugees , The Associated Press reported on Sunday.

The news outlet, citing anonymous officials, said Trump is mulling cutting aid for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) from $125 million to $60 million but has not...

Christian Persecution

Israel’s Neighbors Among Most Dangerous Countries for Christians, New Report Says

Most of Israel’s neighbors, including Egypt, Jordan, Syria and the Palestinian territories, are among the most dangerous places in the world for Christians, a new report by the Christian charity group Open Doors has found.

According to the report, Egyptian Christians suffer in “various ways” such as pressure on Christian converts to return to...

Israeli Technology

Israeli hospital sends delegation to cholera-stricken Zambia

A delegation of two physicians and one water engineer from the Sheba Medical Centre, Israel’s largest hospital, arrived Friday in the southern African country. Over 60 people in Zambia have died of cholera and more than 2,500 are said to have been infected since September, when the disease started spreading.

Sheba, which is located in Ramat...

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

South African Zulu King Invokes Fight Against AIDS, Drought, in Plea to ANC Government to Retain Close Israel Ties

The king of South Africa’s Zulu nation has urged the country’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) to retain close ties with Israel, following last month’s vote by the ANC at its national conference to downgrade the South African Embassy in Tel Aviv to a “liaison office.”

King Goodwill Zwelithinii — the constitutionally-recognized monarch of...

Prime Minister Netanyahu
Incitement

PM calls on Abbas to condemn West Bank shooting, end terrorist stipends

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Wednesday on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to condemn the killing a day earlier of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, shot dead by terrorists in a drive-by shooting attack in the northern West Bank.

In separate talks with the foreign ministers of Ireland and the Netherlands, both currently visiting...

Rabbi Raziel and family
Israeli Society

Terror victim Raziel Shevach remembered as unique, kindhearted man

Rabbi Raziel Shevach, slain in a West Bank terror attack Tuesday night, was remembered by friends and acquaintances as a goodhearted family man who was a central figure in the local settlement community and in his home of Havat Gilad.

“He was a very special person,” said friend Yehuda Hass, who volunteered with Shevach as a medic in Magen David...

Netanyahu: U.S. Embassy move will have long-term ramifications
US-Israel Relationship

Backing Trump criticism, Netanyahu suggests US reroute aid to Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday backed US President Donald Trump's criticisms of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an agency dedicated exclusively to serving Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East, and suggested that US funding to the organization be instead rerouted to the UN body responsible for all...

Israeli Society

ZAKA helps with disaster relief following severe storms in South Africa

Forty ZAKA rescue and recovery organization volunteers assisted thousands of Johannesburg residents after severe storms ripped through homes in different parts of the city between December 31 and January 2.

The team took part in relief and clean-up efforts together with city officials and several other NGOs.The organization said that its...

Hezbollah

Fatah Downplays Meeting With Hezbollah Leader

Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad met in Beirut on December 31 with Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah which is designated as a terrorist organization by the US, the EU and the Arab League. A day earlier a Palestinian Authority (PA) delegation met with Lebanese officials, including Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri, to discuss American...

US-Israel Relationship

U.S.-Israel Relations: A Special Alliance

Introduction
Since President Harry Truman decided to recognize Israel eleven minutes after its declaration of independence, the United States and Israel have had a special relationship, which has evolved over time into a web of military, economic, academic, bureaucratic and personal connections at the local, state and federal levels.
Strategic...

Israel Defense Force (IDF)

Introducing: digital warfare through the IDF’s new intelligence unit

Around 400 soldiers serve in the new secret unit—covertly formed in 2014—most of whom are programmers, software testers and graduates of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences degrees.

The "products" produced by the unit constitute a significant leap in making real-time intelligence easily accessible to military commanders, in bolstering...

Israeli Society

Israel sets new record with 3.6 million tourists in 2017

Israeli tourism hit an all-time high in 2017, earning ₪20 billion in revenue from incoming tourism alone thanks to new flight routes and marketing efforts led by the Ministry of Tourism. A total of 3.6 million tourists were recorded, a 25 percent increase over 2016.

“The all-time record number of tourists visiting Israel this year is no accident;...