Israel-U.S. relations

Pence Thanks Netanyahu for Support of Syria Strike

The administration of US President Donald Trump thanked Israel on Friday for its support for Washington’s overnight strike on a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical attack on Syrian civilians earlier this week attributed to Syrian military forces.

On Tuesday, January 31, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence conducted a swearing-in of Elaine Chao as the Transportation Secretary, in the Vice Presidents Ceremonial Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Netanyahu: Israel ‘Committed’ to Working with Trump on Mideast Peace

WASHINGTON — Speaking before nearly 18,000 pro-Israel advocates gathered for AIPAC’s annual Policy Conference on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the warm ties being forged between his government and the new Trump administration, saying that he was committed to working with the president to reach a peace deal.


Netanyahu, Trump Align on Iran Ahead of Israeli Leader’s Visit

Seizing on an Iranian missile test, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and new U.S. President Donald Trump are nearing common ground on a tougher U.S. policy towards Tehran ahead of their first face-to-face talks at the White House.

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U.S. Grant Funds New Israel Military Multiyear Modernization Plan

TEL AVIV — The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is beginning work on a new multiyear modernization road map that takes into account an influx of $38 billion in US-promised grant aid from 2019 through 2028, the military’s top planner said on Monday.

Israeli Merkava tanks roll near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip as they return from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian coastal enclave on August 5, 2014, after Israel announced that all of its troops had withdrawn from Gaza.

Israeli President Rivlin Invites Trump to Jerusalem

President Reuven Rivlin sent a letter to incoming US President Donald Trump on Saturday evening, congratulating him on his inauguration the day before and inviting him to visit Israel.


U.S. Ambassador to Israel: ‘We Will Always Oppose One-Sided Initiatives’

The US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, said Thursday that Washington would oppose one-sided initiatives for a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, amid fears in Jerusalem that President Barack Obama would make a last-ditch effort for a peace push, possibly at the United Nations, in the last weeks of his administration.

WASHINGTON - JULY 8: during a swearing-in ceremony at the State Department July 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. Dan Shapiro, a former advisor to President Barack Obama, was sworn in as the 19th United States Ambassador to Israel replacing James Cunningham. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

John Kerry Hopes for Progress Toward Palestinian State in Coming Months

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that Israel and the US could still make progress toward the two-state solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict in the coming months and that Israel could work with Mideast allies to achieve more stability in the region.


Israeli Minister: Obama ‘Naive and Messianic’ Toward Jewish State

Just one day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with US President Barack Obama at the UN, in which Netanyahu thanked Obama for the signing of a $38 billion military aid package, Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi on Thursday panned the US president as “naive and messianic” towards Israel.

US President Barack Obama greets guests during a suprise visit to First lady Michelle Obama's event on higher education in the East Room of the White House July 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. The first lady hostedÊthe 2015 Beating the Odds Summit to recognize youths who have overcome substantial obstacles …

Why Only Israel Can Customize America’s F-35 (At Least For Now)

Wired reports: Any big-ticket military technology purchased from the US comes with rules. Big stacks of strict guidelines outline exactly what allies can do to the hardware and the systems that run it. Generally, it comes down to: nothing. No modifications,

F-35 at MCAS Beaufort on March 7, 2016 in Beaufort, North Carolina.

White House Defends Biden’s Criticism of Netanyahu

TEL AVIV – Following Vice President Joe Biden’s damning remarks about the Israeli government, the White House said that disagreements between Israel and the U.S. are “a matter of policy.”

US Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a speech, on March 11, 2010 at the Tel Aviv university, in Israel.

Israel Says Mideast Arms Race Imperils Its Military Edge

Israel’s neighbors are buying arms on a scale that threatens its regional military superiority, the deputy Israeli air force chief said on Sunday, in remarks that appeared aimed at helping secure more defense aid from a reluctant Washington. U.S. military

Israeli Merkava tanks and armour wait in a holding area near to the Israeli-Lebanon border as forces move deeper into Lebanon to root out Hezbollah militants carrying out rocket attacks on Israel on July 30, 2006, at a forward base near the northerly town Kiryat Shemona, Israel.

Netanyahu to Kerry: Israel Investigating IDF Soldier for Shooting Terrorist

TEL AVIV – Israel is thoroughly investigating a shooting incident that involved an IDF soldier in Hebron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday, the Jerusalem Post reported. The soldier was arrested ten days ago after shooting a disarmed

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a joint press conference with US Secretary Of State John Kerry on December 5, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.