Standing with Israel

Supporting a Strong U.S.-Israel Relationship

America First Policies supports a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Israel is the only country in the Middle East fully committed to Western values, religious freedom and human rights for all. The Jewish state provides a key security check on malicious actors that oppose the United States such as Islamist terrorist organizations, Iran, and its proxy groups. Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state recognizes the reality that Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people since Biblical times and would never be surrendered by the Israeli government.

The Facts:                                      

  • Since its birth in 1948, the United States and Israel have shared a special relationship built on strong cultural, diplomatic, economic, and security ties.
  • The Jewish state is a hotbed of technological innovation and shares its progress with the United States on important security matters, including through partnership projects such as the Iron Dome defense system. 
  • Israel has long maintained a strong record of protecting human rights for all individuals regardless of religion, race, gender, or sexual orientation.
  • The city of Jerusalem holds thousands of years of unique Jewish religious and historical importance and the western half has been the seat of nearly the entire Israeli government since 1948.
  • Israel faces hostilities on many of its surrounding borders from terrorist organizations and countries that the United States considers adversaries.
  • Israel is one of the only countries in the Middle East where Christians face no restrictions on the practice of their faith.

Background:

Jim Zanotti, Congressional Research Service, “Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief,”  February 28, 2018, https://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R44245.pdf

Office of the United States Trade Representative, The United States-Israel Free Trade Agreement, https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/israel-fta

United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, “Human Rights and Labor 2017 Human Rights Report,” https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper

Jim Zanotti, Congressional Research Service, “Jerusalem: U.S. Recognition as Israel's Capital and Planned Embassy Move,” December 8, 2017, https://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/IN10838.pd

American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, “The AIPAC Briefing Book,” https://www.aipac.org/-/media/publications/policy-and-politics/aipac-analyses/briefing-book/aipac-briefing-book.pdf

Further Reading:

Sen. Ted Cruz, “The US Embassy Move: A Powerful Message America Will Stand By Our Friends,” May 14, 2018, https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/The-US-embassy-move-A-powerful-message-America-will-stand-by-our-friends-556341

Jonathan Schanzer, “Jerusalem Is Already Israel’s Capital. Trump Just Made It Official,” Fortune, December 7, 2017, http://fortune.com/2017/12/07/trump-jerusalem-speech-american-embassy-israel/

James Phillips, “Iran’s Intensifying War with Israel,” The National Interest, February 21, 2018, http://nationalinterest.org/feature/irans-intensifying-war-israel-24592

Armstrong Williams, “Thanks to Trump and Pence, America's relationship with Israel is stronger than ever,” The Hill, February 9, 2018, http://thehill.com/opinion/international/373002-thanks-to-trump-and-pence-americas-relationship-with-israel-is-stronger

Alex Titus, “Israel, America’s got your back again,” The Jerusalem Post, December 17, 2017, https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Israel-Americas-got-your-back-again-518036

Tzvi Kahn, “Israel’s intelligence coup accentuates Iran’s nuclear threat,” The Hill, May 1, 2018, http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/385700-israels-intelligence-coup-accentuates-irans-nuclear-threat

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