Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Thomas R. Nides Following Presentation of Credentials to President Isaac Herzog Jerusalem, Israel

December 5, 2021 Thank you Mr. President. It’s a great honor to be here this afternoon to present my credentials to President Herzog as the 21st Ambassador of the United States to Israel. I am humbled to have been asked by President Biden to represent my country before the State of Israel and, in the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas Nides – Hannukah Candle Lighting Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem, Israel

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas Nides Hannukah Candle Lighting Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem, Israel Saturday, December 4, 2021   Rabbi, it is a great honor to join you here at the Western Wall as we light the seventh candle of Hanukkah. This has been an incredibly meaningful Hanukkah season for me, both personally and professionally. When ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (December 4, 2021)    

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza    Event: On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States. Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated: [12/03/2021] ***Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden During a Menorah Lighting in Celebration of Hanukkah

DECEMBER 01, 2021 • SPEECHES AND REMARKS East Room 5:52 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please. Thank you. Please. Thank you. My name is Joe Biden, and I am Jill’s husband — (laughter) — as I’m known here in Washington and many other places. I — Happy ... Read More»

Apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie…

Apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie…even sweet potato pie! Today Americans gather around a table with friends and family (and their favorite dishes, of course) to give thanks for their blessings. 🦃🙏🍁🥧 No matter how you celebrate, all of us at U.S. Embassy Jerusalem wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. We’re grateful to have you ... Read More»

Meeting Point: Diplomacy

Meeting Point: Diplomacy – 47 years of U.S.-Israel Relations as photographed by Matty Stern   Matty Stern has been the official photographer of the U.S. Embassy in Israel since 1975. Along with his camera, he has been present at virtually all the pivotal events in U.S- Israel relations over the course of 47 years. In ... Read More»

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry’s Travel to the United Arab Emirates

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 22, 2021 Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday, November 22, to attend the signing ceremony for Project Prosperity, a new regional clean energy and water cooperation effort.  This agreement will further efforts of partner nations Jordan, Israel, ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (November 21, 2021) Location:  Jerusalem Event:  Security Alert As security incidents often take place without warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.  Due to recent security incidents in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, U.S. government employees and their ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Itamar Eichner of YNet News 

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations Jerusalem, Israel November 17, 2021 Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Itamar Eichner of YNet News  AS DELIVERED QUESTION: Can you assess the degree of progress achieved with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding normalization with Israel, and are we going to see soon another country that will ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Udi Segal of Israel’s Channel 13 

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations Jerusalem, Israel November 17, 2021 Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Udi Segal of Israel’s Channel 13  AS DELIVERED QUESTION: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, shalom and thank you for this interview. AMBASSADOR THOMAS-GREENFIELD: Shalom and thank you for having me. QUESTION: There are two Israeli ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release November 16, 2021 Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz   The below is attributable to U.S. Mission to the United Nations Spokesperson Olivia Dalton:    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz in the Galilee. ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Roll

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 15, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Idan Roll today and welcomed the Deputy Foreign Minister to Washington. The Deputy Secretary and the Deputy Foreign Minister discussed the importance of the U.S.-Israel partnership and regional security issues. The Deputy Secretary reiterated the Administration’s firm belief that Israelis and Palestinians alike ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s  Meetings

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 15, 2021      Readout of Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Isaac Herzog, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli      The below is attributable to U.S. Mission to the United Nations Spokesperson Olivia Dalton:        Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met today with Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Isaac Herzog, ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Before Their Meeting in Jerusalem 

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy AS DELIVERED November 15, 2021   PRIME MINISTER NAFTALI BENNETT: Madam Ambassador, welcome to Israel. AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD: Thank you. PRIME MINISTER BENNETT: It’s such a pleasure to see you again, and I’m especially happy to have this meeting here in Jerusalem. And I hope ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid Before Their Meeting in Jerusalem 

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy AS DELIVERED November 15, 2021    FOREIGN MINISTER LAPID: So, we are extremely happy to have the Ambassador here. She’s renowned and a true friend of Israel, fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with us in one of the more complicated arenas in the international community. This is ... Read More»

U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Partnership with Israel to Combat Ransomware

November 14, 2021 Partners Establish Bilateral Task Force to Support Fintech Innovation and Cybersecurity Announcement Part of Biden Administration Efforts to Accelerate International Cooperation to Counter Ransomware JERUSALEM – Building on the long-standing relationship between the Israeli Ministry of Finance and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo met ... Read More»

READOUT: Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo’s Visit to Israel

November 15, 2021 JERUSALEM — Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo traveled to Israel from November 13 – 15 to discuss economic opportunities, shared national security priorities, including Iran, countering terrorist financing and proliferation financing, and regional terrorist threats. He met with a wide range of top government officials, including Minister of Finance Avigdor ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a Telephonic Press Briefing on Travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman

AS DELIVERED November 12, 2021    AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD: Good morning, everyone, and good afternoon to some of you. It’s really great to be with you. I’m looking forward, as you know, to making my first visit to Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan next week. The United States and Israel have a strong and enduring partnership, particularly as it relates to our ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release November 11, 2021 Media Note: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman on November 14-19 ... Read More»

Special Envoy Malley’s Regional Travel

11/11/2021 08:43 AM EST Office of the Spokesperson Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley will lead an interagency team to the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain from November 11-20 to hold consultations with partners and attend a series of regional engagements.  He will coordinate our approaches on a broad range of concerns with ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on Agenda Item 54

Explanation of Vote on Agenda Item 54: “UNRWA in the Near East” and Agenda Item 55: “Israeli Practices and Settlement Activities”   Ambassador Richard Mills U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations New York, New York November 9, 2021 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chairwoman. The United States’ position is that Israelis and Palestinians deserve ... Read More»

A Proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month, 2021

OCTOBER 29, 2021 PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS The United States of America was founded on an idea: that all of us are created equal and deserve equal treatment, equal dignity, and equal opportunity throughout our lives. Throughout our history — though we have always strived to live up to that idea and have never walked away from ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:  Service Improvements for U.S. Passport and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad The COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented global backlog of requests for passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs).  The Department of State has provided additional resources and staffing to address this backlog at the U.S. Embassy in ... Read More»

International Religious Freedom Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 27, 2021 We join the international community in marking the occasion of International Religious Freedom Day. Freedom of religion or belief has been central to the American experience since our nation’s inception. A cherished American value and universal human right, our own experience compels us to ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden Three Years After the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

OCTOBER 27, 2021 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Three years ago, on a peaceful Shabbat morning, a lone gunman stormed into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood and stole the lives of 11 souls in prayer. Eleven others managed to escape — some with serious physical injuries, others with indelible scars of grief. ... Read More»

Photo Exhibit – Meeting Point: Diplomacy

Meeting Point: Diplomacy 47 years of U.S.-Israel relations as photographed by Matty Stern   Matty Stern has been the official photographer of the U.S. Embassy in Israel since 1975 bearing witness to nearly every pivotal moment in U.S- Israel relations over the course of 47 years.  Matty’s ability to connect with his subjects offers a rare glimpse into fascinating moments in history.  The exhibition showcases these great events ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York October 19, 2021 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Special Coordinator Wennesland for your briefing. And I thank briefers Hanan Ashrawi and Daniel Levy for sharing your views with us today. I welcome the participation of the Observer State ... Read More»

“Thank you, Mr. Secretary” — Honoring Secretary Colin Powell

Secretary Antony J. Blinken on the Passing of Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, October 18, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: I’d like to say a few words about an extraordinary leader and a great man whom we lost today, Colin Powell. Secretary Powell was beloved here at the State Department – at C Street – and ... Read More»

SENIOR COMMERCE OFFICIAL VIRTUALLY VISITS ISRAEL AND THE WEST BANK

PRESS RELEASE SENIOR COMMERCE OFFICIAL VIRTUALLY VISITS ISRAEL AND THE WEST BANK (October 13-14, 2021) On Thursday, October 14, 2021, International Trade Administration Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for the Office of Middle East and Africa (MEA) Camille Richardson concluded a two day “virtual visit” to Israel and the West Bank where she met with Israeli government ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Lapid

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 13, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary Blinken met today with Israeli Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid, whom he welcomed to Washington for the Minister’s first official visit. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed a range of issues, including Iran, Syria, ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Michael Ratney remarks at the Knesset Abraham Accords Caucus – One-Year Commemoration Event October 11, 2021

Good afternoon everyone. I’m really delighted to be here in Jerusalem to celebrate the Abraham Accords. I want to acknowledge our gracious hosts, Knesset members Ofir Akunis and Ruth Wasserman Lande, for this initiative. And let me say how wonderful it is to be here with Israeli leaders, and of course with my diplomatic counterparts ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Lapid and the UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE October 9, 2021 Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Lapid and the UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and the UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr Visit

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem PRESS STATEMENT – For Immediate Release Oct 7, 2021 Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr Completes Productive Visit to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Tel Aviv, October 4-7, 2021 On October 7, 2021, Deputy Assistant Secretary Hady Amr concluded a series of productive engagements with a wide range of Israelis and Palestinians during ... Read More»

U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group

Readout from NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan Leading a Meeting of the U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group OCTOBER 05, 2021 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan hosted Israeli National Security Advisor Dr. Eyal Hulata and a senior Israeli interagency delegation at the White House on October 5 for a ... Read More»

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on Senior Administration Official Trip to Middle East

SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, joined by White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk, will travel to Cairo, Egypt for official meetings tomorrow. The U.S. and Egyptian delegations will discuss support for Libyan elections and regional security, including in the Horn of Africa. ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 21, 2021 Remarks by President Biden Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:01 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow delegates, to all those who dedicate themselves to this noble mission of this institution: It’s my honor ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Abraham Accords One-Year Anniversary Event

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 13, 2021 AS DELIVERED Good afternoon and thank you for the introduction. It really is an honor for me to be here today to celebrate this historic event. And I’m delighted to be here with the ambassadors of UAE, of Morocco, ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Ceremony to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AMBASSADOR BONNIE DENISE JENKINS, UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY DEAN ACHESON AUDITORIUM WASHINGTON, D.C. SEPTEMBER 10, 2021   AMBASSADOR JENKINS: Good morning. Welcome to State Department staff (inaudible), our diplomatic and foreign policy community, both those here in person and those participating virtually. I want to ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Michael Ratney remarks at the Reichman University’s Memorial Ceremony for the Victims of 9/11 and Terrorism (as prepared)

  Professor Reichman, Mr. Shavit, Professor Ganor, thank you for your kind invitation. Allow me to start by thanking the Institute for Counterterrorism for making this memorial ceremony an integral part of its annual international conference. I am not an expert on counterterrorism. But many of you most definitely are, and the work you are ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Rosh Hashanah

SEPTEMBER 05, 2021 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES On Rosh Hashanah, Jewish communities around the world celebrate the world’s birth and commemorate the creation of humankind. Rosh Hashanah and the Days of Awe that follow charge those who celebrate to pause, look inward, and reflect on the past year. It is a time to undertake an inventory ... Read More»

U.S. Central Command Statement on the Realignment of the State of Israel

STATEMENT | Sept. 1, 2021 By U.S. Central Command Public Affairs U.S. Central Command Communication Integration TAMPA, Fla. – Today, U.S. Central Command assumed combatant command responsibility for U.S. forces in the State of Israel. The realignment, announced by the Defense Department in January strengthens the strategic U.S-Israeli defense relationship and offers opportunities to deepen ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Before Their Meeting

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NAFTALI BENNETT, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER WASHINGTON, D.C. AUGUST 26, 2021 PRIME MINISTER BENNETT:  Mr. Secretary, I appreciate you taking time on a pretty active day here (inaudible).  It means a lot (inaudible). Israel has no stronger and more reliable ally than the United States of ... Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s Meeting with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of Israel

AUGUST 27, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today at the White House with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of Israel to reaffirm the historic partnership between the United States and Israel and consult on the full range of global and regional challenges facing the two countries. The President expressed appreciation for Israel’s condolences for ... Read More»

On Today’s Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 26, 2021 Today’s bombings around the Kabul airport were a devastating reminder of the dangerous conditions in which our servicemembers and diplomats are operating as we conclude the United States’ 20-year military mission in Afghanistan. As the President said, the servicemembers who were killed and wounded today are heroes. They put their ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Meeting With Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

AUG. 25, 2021 Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout: Today in Washington, D.C., Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the strategic partnership and addressing regional security challenges together. Additionally, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks met with ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Bennett

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 25, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett today in Washington, D.C. Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Bennett emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Israel partnership and discussed regional security issues, including Iran. The Secretary ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Afghanistan

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. AUGUST 25, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  I’d like to give you all an update on the situation in Afghanistan and our ongoing efforts there, particularly as they relate to U.S. citizens, and then I’m very happy to take your questions. ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on Evacuations in Afghanistan

AUGUST 20, 2021 • SPEECHES AND REMARKS East Room 1:49 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. I’ve just met with the Vice President, Secretary Blinken, Secretary Austin, National Security Advisor Sullivan, and other members the national security leadership team in the Situation Room to discuss our ongoing efforts to evacuate American citizens, third-country civilians, Afghan ... Read More»

Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Visit of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of Israel

AUGUST 18, 2021 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Biden will welcome Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of Israel to the White House on August 26, 2021. Prime Minister Bennett’s visit will strengthen the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel, reflect the deep ties between our governments and our people, and underscore the United States’ unwavering ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Afghanistan

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 15, 2021 The below reflects the list of signatory countries as of August 16. The following is the text of a joint statement on Afghanistan released by the following: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Afghanistan

AUGUST 14, 2021 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Over the past several days, I have been in close contact with my national security team to give them direction on how to protect our interests and values as we end our military mission in Afghanistan. First, based on the recommendations of our diplomatic, military, and intelligence teams, I ... Read More»

Visit by Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to Morocco for the Reopening of the Israeli Liaison Office

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 11, 2021 The United States welcomes the visit by Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to the Kingdom of Morocco for the reopening of the Israeli Liaison Office in Rabat.  Foreign Minister Lapid’s trip — the first to Morocco by an Israeli Foreign Minister since the agreement to establish full diplomatic relations between ... Read More»

Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris Call with President Isaac Herzog of Israel

For Immediate Release August 9, 2021 Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris Call with President Isaac Herzog of Israel Vice President Harris spoke with President Isaac Herzog of Israel today to congratulate him on his recent inauguration as Israel’s 11th president. The two leaders discussed the importance of continuing to deepen the U.S.-Israel bilateral relationship ... Read More»

U.S. Central Command Statement on the Investigation into the Attack on the Motor Tanker Mercer Street

USCENTCOM PRESS RELEASE | Aug. 6, 2021 TAMPA, Fla.  –**Please note, statements made within the enclosed briefing slides “Iranian UAV Attack Against MOTOR TANKER MERCER STREET” are attributable to U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Urban, the CENTCOM spokesman. August 6, 2021 Release Number 20210806-02 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Central Command Statement on the Investigation into the Attack on ... Read More»

Hizballah Rocket Attacks into Israel

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 6, 2021 The United States condemns in the strongest terms Hizballah’s rocket attacks into Israel. This violence puts Israelis and Lebanese at risk and jeopardizes Lebanon’s stability and sovereignty. The United States remains engaged with Israeli and Lebanese officials, as well as the Lebanese Armed Forces. We call ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s Meeting with Israeli National Security Advisor-designate Dr. Eyal Hulata..

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s Meeting with Israeli National Security Advisor-designate Dr. Eyal Hulata and Senior Foreign Policy Advisor Shimrit Meir   READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 3, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met today with Israeli National Security Advisor-designate Dr. Eyal Hulata ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Lapid

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 31, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Israeli Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid today. Secretary Blinken and FM Lapid discussed the attack on the Mercer Street, a commercial ship which was peacefully transiting through the ... Read More»

Notice for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Announces “Passport Sundays” in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during August

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem is pleased to announce that in order to provide increased services to the U.S.-citizen public, we are holding “Passport Sundays” during August 2021, on days when the Embassy would normally be closed.  If you require an in-person appointment for your passport renewal, you can apply to be randomly and fairly selected for an appointment on a Sunday in August. This is our effort to give everyone faster and ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Chair of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy Sharansky

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 21, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with renowned human rights defender Natan Sharansky, Chair of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. They discussed global challenges for democracy, the plight of political prisoners around ... Read More»

Security Alert: Jerusalem Old City Demonstrations 

As security incidents often take place without warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.  Due to ongoing tensions in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, U.S. government employees and their family members have been advised to avoid the Old City until 6 a.m., Monday, July 19. ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on the Occasion of Eid al-Adha 

Jill and I send our warmest greetings to those celebrating Eid al-Adha around the world. The Eid traditions and Hajj rituals of providing for those less fortunate in commemoration of Abraham and his son’s devotion to God carry a special meaning this year as we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 and work to ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr Completes Productive Visit to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Tel

U.S Embassy Jerusalem PRESS STATEMENT – For Immediate Release July 16, 2021 Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr Completes Productive Visit to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Tel Aviv, July 11 – 16, 2021 On July 16, 2021, Deputy Assistant Secretary Hady Amr concluded a series of productive engagements with ... Read More»

U.S. Leadership on Human Rights and Ending Systemic Racism

07/13/2021 09:27 PM EDT   Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State This Administration is deeply dedicated to addressing racial injustice and inequities at home and abroad. On the global stage, the United States is leading by example. Last month, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report on racism and police brutality against ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr Visits Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Tel Aviv, July 11 – 16, 20

PRESS STATEMENT – For Immediate Release July 12, 2021 Deputy Assistant Secretary Hady Amr is visiting to meet with a wide range of Israeli and Palestinian civil society and private sector representatives, as well as government officials, in order to follow up on the recent visit of Secretary of State Blinken in May. He begins ... Read More»

United States Welcomes Announcement of Israel and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Agreements on Water and West Bank Trade

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 8, 2021 The United States welcomes the announcement that Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan agreed to conclude trade agreements that strengthen civilian cooperation between the two countries and will support the Palestinian people by allowing increased trade between Jordan and the West Bank. These agreements will ... Read More»

Secretary of State Blinken to Host the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

NOTICE TO THE PRESS OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 30, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will release the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 1, 2021, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State. As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, ... Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Meeting with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel

JUNE 28, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel to honor President Rivlin as he approaches the conclusion of his term and to demonstrate the enduring strength of the U.S.-Israel partnership. President Biden conveyed his unwavering support for Israel’s security and his commitment to ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Lapid

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 17, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Israeli Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid today to continue conversations with the new Israeli government and to discuss the opportunities and ongoing challenges for Israel and the region. ... Read More»

President Biden Announces His Intent to Nominate Nine More Individuals to Serve as Ambassadors

JUNE 15, 2021 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following individuals – including four career members of the Senior Foreign Service – as ambassadors to represent the United States on the world stage: Julie Chung, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Democratic Socialist Republic of ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (June 14, 2021)

Location:  Jerusalem Event:  Demonstration Alert Due to calls for a Jerusalem Flag March and possible counter-demonstrations in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, U.S. government employees and their family members are prohibited from entering Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday, June 15.  U.S. citizens can take this into account when making their own travel ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Lapid

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 13, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken warmly congratulated Yair Lapid today on Israel’s government formation and his appointment as Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. The Secretary and the Minister discussed the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security, the importance ... Read More»

DOD Statement on the Appointment of Benjamin “Benny” Gantz as Minister of Defense in Israel’s 36th Government

JUNE 13, 2021 Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout: Defense Lloyd J. Austin III congratulates Benjamin “Benny” Gantz on his appointment as the Minister of Defense in Israel’s 36th government today. Secretary Austin looks forward to continuing the important cooperation and dialogue with Minister Gantz to deepen the U.S.-Israel strategic partnership. ... Read More»

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the New Government of the State of Israel

JUNE 13, 2021 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between ... Read More»

Fulbright exchanges honor excellence!

תוכנית פולברייט מוקירה מצוינות! תוכנית פולברייט, תוכנית הדגל של ארצות הברית לחילופי סטודנטים ומרצים, ערכה ערב מיוחד לציון 75 שנים לייסודה ו-65 שנים לפועלה בישראל דרך ארגון פולברייט ישראל. מאז 1956, 3,500 מילגאים, סטודנטים, כותבים, אמנים ומורים השתתפו בתוכניות החילופים של פולברייט בין ארה”ב וישראל. במהלך הערב, סגן שגריר ארה”ב ג’ונתן שרייר זכה להכיר עמיתי ... Read More»

Statement from President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Election of Isaac Herzog as the 11th President of the State of Israel

JUNE 02, 2021 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend my warm congratulations to Isaac Herzog on his election to serve as the 11th President of the State of Israel. Throughout his career, President-elect Herzog has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to strengthening Israel’s security, advancing dialogue, and building ... Read More»

A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021

JUNE 01, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS The uprising at the Stonewall Inn in June, 1969, sparked a liberation movement — a call to action that continues to inspire us to live up to our Nation’s promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all. Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on the Rise of Anti-Semitic Attacks

MAY 28, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES In the last weeks, our nation has seen a series of anti-Semitic attacks, targeting and terrorizing American Jews. We have seen a brick thrown through window of a Jewish-owned business in Manhattan, a swastika carved into the door of a synagogue in Salt Lake City, families threatened outside ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Travel Jerusalem, Ramallah,

Ramallah MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Statements to the Press MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Palestinian Civil Society Leaders Jerusalem May 26, 2021 – Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin May 25, 2021 – Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Yonit Levy of Channel 12 MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Israeli Alternate Prime Minister Gantz MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Antony J. Blinken Meet and Greet with Embassy Jerusalem Staff MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi Before Their Meeting MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Statements to the Press More:  Travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo, and Amman May 24-27, 2021 Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (May 25, 2021)

Location:  Jerusalem Event:  Security Alert As security incidents often take place without warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.  Due to the potential for security incidents there, U.S. government employees and their family members are restricted from entering Jerusalem’s Old City through Damascus Gate until further ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Statements to the Press

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JERUSALEM MAY 25, 2021 PRIME MININSTER NETANYAHU:  Secretary Blinken, Tony, welcome to Jerusalem, your first visit as the Secretary of State.  I have – since we’re running – we had a long discussion, and we’re running late, so I want to be very brief and ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi Before Their Meeting

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FOREIGN MINISTRY JERUSALEM MAY 25, 2021 FOREIGN MINISTER ASHKENAZI:  Very briefly.  It’s an honor and pleasure to have my friend the Secretary of State for his first official visit in Israel and welcoming him on behalf of the government and the people of Israel.  The United States ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Meet and Greet with Embassy Jerusalem Staff

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE EMBASSY JERUSALEM JERUSALEM, ISRAEL MAY 25, 2021 MR SHRIER: We have – we are honored with a very special guest, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and I just want to say in introduction, sir, that you’re looking at a very small part of our embassy staff of nearly ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s Visit to the Middle East

MAY 24, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Following up on our quiet, intensive diplomacy to bring about a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, I have asked my Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, to travel to the Middle East this week. During his trip, Secretary Blinken will meet with Israeli leaders about our ironclad commitment to ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo, and Amman

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MAY 24, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo, and Amman May 24-27, 2021. Secretary Blinken is undertaking this trip at the request of President Biden. He will first travel to Jerusalem, where he will meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East

MAY 20, 2021 • SPEECHES AND REMARKS Cross Hall THE PRESIDENT: Folks, I’ve just spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Earlier today, I spoke with President Al Sisi of Egypt. And Minister — Prime Minister Netanyahu informed me that Israel has agreed to a mutual, unconditional ceasefire to begin in less than two hours. The Egyptians ... Read More»

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Phone Call With Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin “Benny” Gantz

MAY 20, 2021 Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke this afternoon with Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin “Benny” Gantz. Secretary Austin welcomed the Israeli Cabinet’s decision to agree to a ceasefire, and shared Minister Gantz’s hope that there will be a complete restoration of ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Calls with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 20, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi this morning and again in the afternoon. During their afternoon conversation, the Secretary welcomed the Foreign Minister’s confirmation that the parties had agreed to a ceasefire. Both ... Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

MAY 19, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today. The two leaders had a detailed discussion on the state of events in Gaza, Israel’s progress in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and ongoing diplomatic efforts by regional governments and the United States. The President ... Read More»

Pentagon Press Secretary Conducts On-Camera Press Briefing

MAY 18, 2021 Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Full transcript: https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Transcripts/Transcript/Article/2622606/pentagon-press-secretary-conducts-on-camera-press-briefing/ PRESS SECRETARY JOHN F. KIRBY: Just a couple of things at the top, and then we’ll get at it. I think you saw that the secretary spoke again with his Israeli counterpart this morning, Benjamin Gantz. The secretary again reiterated our unwavering support ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Icelandic Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson At a Joint Press Availability May 18, 2021 Harpa Concert Hall 

Below are excerpts from the Secretary Blinken’s Remarks on Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza during a Press Availability with Icelandic Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, May 18, 2021. The full text can be found  here .  May 18, 2021 Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center Reykjavik, Iceland MODERATOR: Secretary of State of the United States and ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (May 18, 2021)

Location:  Israel and the West Bank Event:  Rockets continue to impact the Gaza periphery and areas across Southern and Central Israel.  In addition, there has been a marked increase in protests and violence throughout Israel and the West Bank. Until further notice, U.S. government employees and their family members have been advised to limit personal travel to the city ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (May 18, 2021) Location:  Gaza Event:   Security Situation We are aware that U.S. citizens in Gaza have been impacted by the current security situation. The situation remains fluid. As of Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Rafah Border Crossing from Gaza into Egypt will be open from 9am to 4pm, Sunday to Thursday. The ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod At a Joint Press Availability

May 17, 2021 Eigtveds Pakhus Copenhagen, Denmark [excerpts for Israel, West Bank, and Gaza]… SECRETARY BLINKEN:  It’s – but it’s just particularly good to be here and to just get across the board such a warm welcome from everyone. Before speaking in greater depth about the partnership with Denmark, I do want to talk briefly about the ... Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

MAY 17, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The President spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks. The President welcomed efforts to address intercommunal violence and to bring calm to Jerusalem. He encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York May 16, 2021 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Secretary-General Guterres, for joining us today. I would also like to thank the Special Coordinator Wennesland and your team for briefing the Council for the third time in a week ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Gary Pruitt, President and CEO of the Associated Press

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 15, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke this evening with Gary Pruitt, the President and CEO of the Associated Press. The Secretary offered his unwavering support for independent journalists and media organizations around the world and noted the indispensability of ... Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

MAY 15, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Biden spoke today with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to convey the U.S. commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Palestinian partnership. They discussed the current tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank and expressed their shared desire for Jerusalem to be a place of peaceful coexistence for people of ... Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

MAY 15, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The President spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. He condemned these indiscriminate attacks against towns and cities across Israel. The President updated the Prime ... Read More»

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (May 14, 2021)

Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:  Rockets continue to impact the Gaza periphery and areas across Southern and Central Israel.  In addition, there has been a marked increase in protests and violence throughout Israel. U.S. government employees and their family members have been advised to limit personal travel to the city in which they reside through ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (May 13, 2021)

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (May 13, 2021) Location:  Israel Event:  Airport and Flights Status Rockets continue to impact the Gaza periphery and areas across Southern and Central Israel.  Flights to and from airports in Israel may be suspended or rerouted by the Israeli government at any time.  Airlines may also cancel their flights with little or no ... Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

President Biden spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups, including against Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He conveyed his unwavering support for Israel’s security and for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and its people, while protecting civilians. He also conveyed the United States’ ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Palestinian Authority President Abbas

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 12, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The Secretary and the President discussed the violence in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, and the Secretary expressed his condolences for the lives lost ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken on Release of the 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC MAY 12, 2021 MR PRICE: Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today. I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to introduce Secretary Blinken, who will speak to the Department’s International Religious Freedom Report. We will then hear ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (May 12, 2021)

Location:  Gaza, Southern and Central Israel Event:  Rockets continue to impact the Gaza periphery and areas across Southern and Central Israel.  Effectively immediately and until Monday, May 17, U.S. government employees and their family members have been advised to remain close to home and/or close to a bomb shelter during daylight hours, and to remain ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

May 12, 2021 Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Secretary expressed his concerns regarding the barrage of rocket attacks on Israel, his condolences for the lives lost as a result, ... Read More»

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Gaza Event:   Security Situation We are aware that U.S. citizens in Gaza have been impacted by the current security situation. We are exploring options to assist U.S. citizens wishing to leave Gaza.  However, the situation is fluid and we do not have immediate plans for a U.S. government-organized departure.  For U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents currently in ... Read More»

Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki at the Press Briefing on May 11, 2021

On the situation in Jerusalem and Gaza: The President has been briefed daily on developments in Jerusalem and Gaza. He just received another update before I came out here from the National Security Advisor. Since last week, he has directed his team to engage intensively with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, as well as leaders ... Read More»

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat of Israel

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat. He condemned the ongoing rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups, including against Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He conveyed the President’s unwavering support for Israel’s security and for its legitimate right to defend itself and its people, while protecting ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 11, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. The Secretary expressed his concerns regarding rocket attacks on Israel and his condolences for the lives lost as a result. The Secretary and the Foreign ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Gaza, Southern and Central Israel Event: Rockets continue to impact the Gaza periphery and areas across Southern and Central Israel.  U.S. government employees and their family members are temporarily restricted from personal travel to and through areas with active red alert sirens or rocket activity, to include the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, as ... Read More»

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Israel, West Bank and Gaza Event:  Possible rocket attacks Media reports indicate possible rocket fire in Gaza and southern and central Israel, including Jerusalem. The Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness, as security incidents, including rocket fire, often take place without warning. In the event of ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Jerusalem Event: Security Alert Due to recent violent confrontations and the upcoming celebrations and commemorations, Jerusalem’s Old City has been placed off-limits to embassy personnel through 8:00 a.m. Sunday, May 16. Embassy personnel in East Jerusalem and City Center have been advised to remain indoors from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. during the same ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (May 10, 2021) Location:  Jerusalem Event:  Security Alert Due to recent violent confrontations and the upcoming celebrations and commemorations, Jerusalem’s Old City has been placed off-limits to embassy personnel now through 8:00 a.m. Sunday, May 16.  Embassy personnel in East Jerusalem and City Center have been advised to remain indoors from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 ... Read More»

Regarding the Situation in Jerusalem

Readout from NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat Regarding the Situation in Jerusalem MAY 09, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone today with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat to express the United States’ serious concerns ... Read More»

Violence in Jerusalem

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MAY 7, 2021 The United States is extremely concerned about ongoing confrontations in Jerusalem, including on the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount and in Sheikh Jarrah, which have reportedly resulted in scores of injured people. There is no excuse for violence, but such bloodshed is especially disturbing now, coming ... Read More»

A Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month, 2021

APRIL 30, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS The Jewish American experience is a story of faith, fortitude, and progress. It is a quintessential American experience — one that is connected to key tenets of American identity, including our Nation’s commitment to freedom of religion and conscience. This month, we honor Jewish Americans — past and present ... Read More»

World Press Freedom Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 2, 2021 Tomorrow, the United States joins the international community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day. Information and knowledge are powerful tools, and a free and independent press is the core institution connecting publics to the information they need to advocate for themselves, make informed decisions, ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on the Occasion of Orthodox Easter

MAY 02, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Jill and I extend warm wishes to all our friends in the Orthodox Christian community observing Easter. On this occasion of joy and renewal, Orthodox Christians worldwide rejoice in the miracle of the Resurrection and affirm commitments to spiritual disciplines and service to those in need. This is ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 30, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: ‎ Secretary Antony J. Blinken spoke with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi today. Secretary Blinken noted that he is deeply saddened by the tragedy at Mount Meron. He conveyed his heartfelt condolences for the lives lost, and he extended his ... Read More»

Statement from President Joe Biden on the Tragedy in Israel

APRIL 30, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The United States stands with the people of Israel, and with Jewish communities the world over, in mourning the terrible tragedy at Mount Meron. I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu today to offer my profound condolences on behalf of the American people to our friends in Israel. The ... Read More»

Readout of Jake Sullivan’s Bilateral Meeting with Israeli NSA Meir Ben-Shabbat

APRIL 27, 2021 Today, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met in Washington with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat to continue the close bilateral consultations between the two governments on a range of regional issues. The U.S. and Israeli officials discussed their serious concerns about advancements in Iran’s nuclear program in recent years. The United ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Armenian Remembrance Day

APRIL 24, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring. Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Jerusalem Event:  Security Alert There has been a marked increase in protests and violence in Jerusalem near the Old City, City Center, and parts of North and East Jerusalem.  Recent incidents of violence include vandalism, rock throwing, broken glass, burning of vehicles, and attacks on passersby.  Protests and violence may continue to occur, some with little or no ... Read More»

A Statement by U.S. Embassy Jerusalem:

We are deeply concerned about the incidents of violence in Jerusalem over the last several days. We hope all responsible voices will promote an end to incitement, a return to calm, and respect for the safety and dignity of everyone in Jerusalem. نعبر عن قلقنا الشديد إزاء أحداث العنف في القدس خلال الأيام العديدة الماضية. ... Read More»

Earth Day 2021

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 22, 2021 Today, the 51st Earth Day, we must work together to combat the climate crisis and restore our Earth for the benefit of everyone. Each year, an estimated one billion people around the world mobilize for action on Earth Day, and this year, the United ... Read More»

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry to Participate in the Leaders Summit on Climate

NOTICE TO THE PRESS OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 21, 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will join President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and several U.S. cabinet secretaries and private sector and civil society leaders at the Leaders Summit on Climate. President Biden will host ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens – American Citizens Services is increasing capacity

Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:  American Citizens Services is increasing capacity Supporting U.S. citizens abroad remains our top priority.  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and Embassy Branch Office (EBO) Tel Aviv are working hard to provide consular services to U.S. citizens in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza during the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. ... Read More»

Israel’s National Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 14, 2021 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer best wishes and congratulations to all Israelis as you mark the 73rd anniversary of Israel’s independence. As long-standing partners with shared democratic values, our countries stand united, whether in meeting the ... Read More»

Secretary of Defense Austin Remarks With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem

APRIL 12, 2021 Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Secretary Austin, welcome to Jerusalem. Your visit here so soon after assuming office is a testament to the importance you attach to our friendship and to our alliance. You just said a — a moment ... Read More»

April 11 Joint Press Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz

APRIL 11, 2021 Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III; Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz STAFF: Good afternoon, everybody. My name is Betty Ilovici. And it is my great honor to welcome United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to the State of Israel and to the Ministry of Defense in particular. We wish ... Read More»

To all our Muslim friends observing the holy month of Ramadan, we wish you and your families a meaningful and peaceful Ramadan

To all our Muslim friends observing the holy month of Ramadan, we wish you and your families a meaningful and peaceful Ramadan. #RamadanKareem إلى جميع أصدقائنا المسلمين الذين يحتفلون بشهر رمضان المبارك ، نتمنى لكم ولعائلاتكم رمضان كريم ومبارك רמדאן כרים לכל החוגגים! Read More»

Austin Says U.S. Commitment to Israel Remains ‘Ironclad’

APRIL 11, 2021 | BY  JIM GARAMONE , DOD NEWS The United States’ commitment to Israel’s existence and security began moments after Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. Then-President Harry S. Truman recognized the nation immediately, and the United States has become a strong strategic partner through U.S. administrations of ... Read More»

Secretary Austin Travels to Israel, Germany, NATO HQ and United Kingdom

APRIL 8, 2021 Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III embarks on an overseas trip Saturday, April 10, to meet with government and military leaders in Israel, Germany, NATO Headquarters in Belgium, and the United Kingdom. Secretary Austin will meet with his counterparts and other senior officials to discuss the importance of international defense relationships, ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken Delivers Remarks for 2021 Days of Remembrance Commemoration

Secretary Blinken: On #YomHashoah , we remember to honor the lives of the six million Jews, as well as the Roma and Sinti, Slavs, disabled persons, LGBTQ+ individuals, and others, who were murdered by the Nazis. We remember to recognize the dignity of those killed and those who survived. We remember not only what happened, but ... Read More»

A Proclamation on Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, 2021

APRIL 04, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS On Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — we stand in solidarity with the Jewish people in America, Israel, and around the world to remember and reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust. An estimated six million Jews perished alongside millions of other innocent victims — Roma and Sinti, ... Read More»

The United States Restores Assistance for the Palestinians

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 7, 2021 The United States is pleased to announce that, working with Congress, we plan to restart U.S. economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people. This includes $75 million in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10 million for peacebuilding ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 2, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed regional security challenges, humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people, and the normalization of relations with Arab and Muslim ... Read More»

Trans-Atlantic Webinar Features Educators on the Holocaust 

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 31, 2021 Teachers and community educators from 32 countries gathered virtually March 18 for the U.S. Department of State’s second in a series of international webinars on Holocaust education. The session, entitled “Trans-Atlantic Dialogues II: Teaching the Holocaust in Challenging Times,” was hosted by U.S. Special Envoy for ... Read More»

2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

MARCH 30, 2021 The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for the Palestinians in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 25, 2021 The U.S. government is pleased to announce $15 million in humanitarian assistance for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing these funds to address the most urgent, life-saving humanitarian needs in the West Bank and Gaza. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York March 25, 2021 AS DELIVERED Let me start by thanking Special Coordinator Wennesland for your informative briefing. Today, I’d like to talk about three aspects of the Middle East peace process: First, the United States’ continued support for Israel. Secondly, our desire ... Read More»

U.S. Department Of Energy Announces Call For Joint U.S.-Israel Clean Energy Technology Proposals

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority, today announced $4 million in available funding for innovative clean energy technologies. This funding comes from Binational Industrial Research & Development (BIRD) Energy, a program that promotes U.S.-Israel partnerships in bringing renewable and energy efficiency ... Read More»

Opening Remarks by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 10, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member McCaul, thank you so much for your warm welcome. It’s very, very good to be back before this committee, to be back in this room. And I really do appreciate the opportunity to talk today about the foreign ... Read More»

First Virtual Meeting of the U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan Leading the First Virtual Meeting of the U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group MARCH 10, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES On March 11, the United States and Israel will hold the first virtual U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group meeting, led by U.S. National Security Advisor Jake ... Read More»

Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

MARCH 04, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Vice President Kamala Harris spoke today by phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and underscored the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to the U.S.-Israel partnership. The Vice President emphasized the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security. She expressed strong support for Israel’s recent groundbreaking normalization agreements with ... Read More»

The United States Opposes the ICC Investigation into the Palestinian Situation

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 3, 2021 Today, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), whose term ends in June, confirmed the opening of an investigation into the Palestinian situation. The United States firmly opposes and is deeply disappointed by this decision. The ICC has no jurisdiction over this matter. ... Read More»

Women in politics: A timeline

(State Dept./D. Thompson) March is Women’s History Month. Here’s a look at political milestones for U.S. women. (© Universal History Archive/UIG/Getty images) 1851–1920. Women’s suffrage started out as an anti-slavery movement, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (right) and Susan B. Anthony leading the way. Women got the vote in 1920. Getting elected to Congress Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin ... Read More»

A Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2021

MARCH 01, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS Each year, Women’s History Month offers an important opportunity for us to shine a light on the extraordinary legacy of trailblazing American women and girls who have built, shaped, and improved upon our Nation. Throughout American history, women and girls have made vital contributions, often in the face of ... Read More»

Guide for Scheduling Appointments at U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem or the Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv

 Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Scheduling all Passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and Federal Benefits (Social Security) appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem or the Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv can be done FREE of CHARGE at our website at  https://il.usembassy.gov/embassy/ All Social Security, passport, CRBA, and visa forms and applications ... Read More»

Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 24, 2021 The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders are celebrated, and those who commit human rights abuses are held accountable. Promoting respect for human rights is not something we can do alone, but is best accomplished ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed regional security challenges and the importance of continued cooperation in addressing these issues. The Secretary addressed the U.S. ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the More Than 500,000 American Lives Lost to COVID-19

FEBRUARY 22, 2021 • SPEECHES AND REMARKS Cross Hall 6:01 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Each day, I receive a small card in my pocket that I carry with me in my schedule. It shows the number of Americans who have been infected by or died from COVID-19. Today, we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone: ... Read More»

The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State On January 20, on his first day in office, President Biden signed the instrument to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States officially becomes a Party again today. The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented framework for global action. ... Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

FEBRUARY 17, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today by phone with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel. The President affirmed his personal history of steadfast commitment to Israel’s security and conveyed his intent to strengthen all aspects of the U.S.-Israel partnership, including our strong defense cooperation. Together, the leaders discussed ... Read More»

U.S. Decision to Reengage with the UN Human Rights Council

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 8, 2021 The Biden administration has recommitted the United States to a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality. Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision, and in that regard the President has instructed the Department of State to ... Read More»

Opposing International Criminal Court Attempts to Affirm Territorial Jurisdiction Over the Palestinian Situation

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 5, 2021 Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a decision claiming jurisdiction in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, while expressly recognizing the serious legal and factual questions that surround its ability to do so. As we made clear when the Palestinians purported to join the ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Introductory Remarks for President Biden

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 4, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. Today I get to say something that brings me tremendous happiness: President Biden, Vice President Harris, welcome to the State Department. For more than two decades, I’ve had the privilege of watching President Biden at work. ... Read More»

U.S. and IDF begin Exercise Juniper Falcon 21

In accordance with long-standing bilateral agreements, U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have begun Exercise Juniper Falcon 2021 (JF21) at various locations in both Israel and Germany. Stuttgart, Germany  Feb 04, 2021 In accordance with long-standing bilateral agreements, U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have begun Exercise ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken participated in Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs International Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is my first day as U.S. Secretary of State. And recording this message is one of the first things I’m doing. Because Holocaust Remembrance Day matters a great deal. It matters to me personally, as the stepson of a Holocaust survivor. My stepfather was just a boy when he lost his entire family to ... Read More»

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

JANUARY 27, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Today, we join together with people from nations around the world to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day by remembering the 6 million Jews, as well as the Roma and Sinti, Slavs, disabled persons, LGBTQ+ individuals, and many others, who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Shoah. ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (January 27, 2021)

Location:  Israel Event:  COVID-19 – Air Travel Update The Israeli government announced updated travel restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Tuesday, January 26 at 12:00 a.m. and set to expire on Saturday, February 20, Ben-Gurion Airport will close to all travelers both entering and exiting Israel due to a ban on incoming flights.  ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)

Ambassador Richard Mills Acting Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York January 26, 2021 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Let me at the outset join others in taking a moment to wish Foreign Minister Jerandi, who was supposed to join us on screen today, a swift, full recovery from COVID-19. ... Read More»

Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Travel to the United States Beginning January 26

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 25, 2021 The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind all travelers that beginning tomorrow, January 26, all air passengers two years of age or older arriving to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (January 25, 2021)

Location:  Israel Event:  COVID-19 – Closure of Ben-Gurion Airport The Israeli government announced updated entry restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Tuesday, January 26 at 12:00 a.m. and set to expire on Sunday, January 31, Ben-Gurion Airport will close to all travelers both entering and exiting Israel due to a ban on incoming ... Read More»

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat of Israel

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES JANUARY 24, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone yesterday with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat. Mr. Sullivan reaffirmed President Biden’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and expressed appreciation for Ben Shabbat’s contributions to our bilateral partnership. They discussed opportunities to enhance the partnership over the coming months, ... Read More»

Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America ... Read More»

Recognizing the City of David as a Testament to America’s Judeo-Christian Heritage and Founding Principles

Special Ceremony Held Dedicating Plaque to The City of David U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Press Release January 18, 2021 The United States Embassy in Jerusalem, together with the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, have recognized the City of David as a testament to America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and founding principles. The archeological ... Read More»

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs

Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.     Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and ... Read More»

Launch of United Women’s Economic Development Network

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE January 14, 2021 Launch of United Women’s Economic Development Network Women business leaders and entrepreneurs from the United States, Bahrain, Morocco, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Uzbekistan, and Kosovo convened today for the virtual launch of the United Women’s Economic Development Network, ... Read More»

Former U.S. AMBASSADOR DELIVERS REMARKS AT SPECIAL KNESSET COMMITTEE SESSION

January 11, 2021 Today, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman visited the Knesset at the invitation of the Subcommittee for Policy and Strategy of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.  During the closed-door meeting, Ambassador Friedman and committee members discussed the deep and enduring ties between the United States and Israel and shared regional ... Read More»

Statement by Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman

January 8, 2021 Our Republic was severely tested this week. But we proved our resilience in the face of unprecedented stress. Our Constitution worked, as did our laws and our law enforcement. Our democracy will emerge stronger and, once again, with an orderly transition of power. I would like to congratulate President-elect Biden and his ... Read More»

Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Mnuchin’s Trip to Israel

U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs Press Release: January 7, 2021 Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Mnuchin’s Trip to Israel TEL AVIV – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin traveled to Israel from January 6 to January 7, 2021 where he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Minister of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem is saying goodbye to 2020

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem is saying goodbye to 2020: Despite all the challenges of this year, there were still many moments to celebrate in safe and creative ways. Together, the US-Israel partnership has reached new heights. 🇺🇸🇮🇱 Watch as we look back on some of our favorite memories. May you all have a healthy and happy ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (December 23, 2020)

Location: Israel Event: COVID-19 – Updated Entry Restrictions, Mandatory Isolation The Israeli government announced updated entry restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19. Effective Wednesday, December 23 at 10:00 p.m. and effective for 10 days, with the possibility for extension, all arriving passengers from abroad, from all locations, will be required to go directly into Government of Israel-established quarantine centers for 10-day isolation (with 2 tests) or 14-day isolation.  Foreigners, including U.S. citizens who ... Read More»

Israel-Lebanon Maritime Negotiations

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 22, 2020 Earlier this year, the Israeli and Lebanese governments sought U.S. assistance in mediating an agreement on their maritime boundary.  Such an agreement would offer potentially significant economic benefits to the people of both countries.  Regrettably, despite goodwill on both sides, the parties remain far ... Read More»

Former NSA O’Brien’s Travel to Israel, December 13, 2020

Robert O’Brien, Assistant to the President and U.S. National Security Advisor, arrived in Jerusalem on December 13, 2020, and held a series of meetings with Israeli officials to discuss regional issues, shared security concerns and the Abraham Accords. Among others, NSA O’Brien met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and with his Israeli counterpart, National ... Read More»

STATEMENT BY FORMER SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO – On Progress Toward Peace

December 11, 2020 On Progress Toward Peace The agreement reached yesterday between Israel and Morocco to normalize relations is another remarkable step toward peace. In the coming weeks, Israel and Morocco will assume full diplomatic relations. This agreement will also grant overflights and direct flights to and from Israel and will promote unfettered economic cooperation ... Read More»

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP HAS BROKERED PEACE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO

December 11, 2020 “As more countries normalize relations with Israel — which will happen quite quickly, we believe — the region will become more and more stable, secure, and prosperous.”– President Donald J. Trump ACHIEVING PEACE: President Donald J. Trump has brokered a peace agreement between Morocco and Israel—the fourth such agreement in just 4 ... Read More»

ON-THE-RECORD PRESS CALL ON NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS BETWEEN MOROCCO AND ISRAEL

ON NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS BETWEEN MOROCCO AND ISRAEL Via Teleconference 11:23 A.M. EST MR. VASQUEZ: Hey. Good morning, everybody. We have another historic day today, another breakthrough. I have with me Senior Advisor to the President, Jared Kushner, who will speak to you today on their good news regarding Morocco. He will give some brief ... Read More»

Proclamation on Recognizing The Sovereignty Of The Kingdom Of Morocco Over The Western Sahara

The United States affirms, as stated by previous Administrations, its support for Morocco’s autonomy proposal as the only basis for a just and lasting solution to the dispute over the Western Sahara territory. Therefore, as of today, the United States recognizes Moroccan sovereignty over the entire Western Sahara territory and reaffirms its support for Morocco’s ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Press Statement

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Press Statement For Immediate Release – December 7, 2020 We are aware of reports of arson at the Church of All Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane, on the Mt. of Olives in Jerusalem. The U.S. Government strongly condemns this and all attacks on places of worship. Freedom of religion, including protection of religious minorities, is a ... Read More»

Statement by Former President Trump on Jerusalem

Diplomatic Reception Room 1:07 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. Old challenges demand new approaches. ... Read More»

Senior State Department Official to Traveling Press

SPECIAL BRIEFING OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES NOVEMBER 22, 2020 MODERATOR:  Let’s go ahead and get this started.  Good morning, everyone.  This briefing is provided on background.  Attribution is to a senior State Department official.  [Senior State Department Official], who you all know, will talk to you about the stops in ... Read More»

Former Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Israel November 19-20, 2020

Israel   NOVEMBER 19, 2020 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi NOVEMBER 19, 2020 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu NOVEMBER 18, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Trilateral Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani NOVEMBER 18, 2020 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani Before Their Meeting NOVEMBER 18, 2020 Furthering Our Relationship with Israel Photos   Read More»

Former Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi

REMARKS TO THE PRESS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MOUNT BENTAL, GOLAN HEIGHTS NOVEMBER 19, 2020 FOREIGN MINISTER ASHKENAZI:  Secretary, I’ll just state, a great friend of Israel.  (Inaudible) Pompeo and the Ambassador.  We just had a great visit and I think briefing about the Golan Heights.  I would like to take the opportunity to ... Read More»

Former Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

REMARKS TO THE PRESS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE KING DAVID HOTEL JERUSALEM, ISRAEL NOVEMBER 19, 2020 PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU:  We just had a very intimate and productive conversation overlooking the walls of Jerusalem, and it reminded me of how deep and profound your tie is to the Jewish state.  I gave you a Bible ... Read More»

Marking of Country of Origin

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY FORMER SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO November 19, 2020 Marking of Country of Origin Today, the Department of State is initiating new guidelines to ensure that country of origin markings for Israeli and Palestinian goods are consistent with our reality-based foreign policy approach.  In accordance with this announcement, all producers within areas where Israel exercises the relevant authorities – ... Read More»

Identifying Organizations Engaged in Anti-Semitic BDS Activities

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 19, 2020 It is the policy of the United States to combat anti-Semitism everywhere in the world and in whatever form it appears, including all forms of discrimination and hatred rooted in anti-Semitism. The United States strongly opposes the global discriminatory boycott, divestment, and sanctions ... Read More»

Furthering Our Relationship with Israel

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 18, 2020 “We know that the more the Middle East embraces Israel, the brighter their future will be.” – Former Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, March 2, 2020 Secretary Pompeo will travel on November 18 to Israel where he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in ... Read More»

Former Secretary Pompeo’s Trilateral Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 18, 2020 The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Former Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani in Jerusalem, Israel. The three leaders discussed the historic Abraham Accords, which ... Read More»

Former Secretary Michael R. Pompeo with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRIME MINISTER’S RESIDENCE JERUSALEM, ISRAEL NOVEMBER 18, 2020 MODERATOR:  Excellencies, welcome.  Please take your seats.  Prime Minister, please. PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU:  Thank you.  Secretary of State Pompeo, my dear friend Mike, it’s always a pleasure to see you in Jerusalem.  Foreign Minister Dr. Al Zayani, it’s a pleasure to ... Read More»

International Education Week 2020 programs

International Education Week 2020 is just a few days away and we have so many events planned for you!! Monday, November 16, 2020, 17:30-19:00 Inside Tips to Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarship Opportunities with American University International Admissions director Evelyn Levinson . Register here Tuesday November 17, 2020, 16:30-20:30 Access MBA Event- MBA representatives from around the world will ... Read More»

Former Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper Travels to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Israel

11/12/2020 04:12 PM EST Office of the Spokesperson Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper travels to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Israel November 14-23 to meet with key U.S. regional partners on expanding security cooperation and defense trade that enhances our shared security. In the United Arab Emirates ... Read More»

Wrongful Detention by the Houthis of Levi Salem Musa Marhabi

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 10, 2020 The United States stands with the Yemeni Jewish community in calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Levi Salem Musa Marhabi.  Mr. Marhabi has been wrongfully detained by the Houthi militia for four years, despite a court ordering his release in September 2019.  His health continues to deteriorate as he ... Read More»

Former Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia

PRESS STATEMENT CALE BROWN, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 10, 2020 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia November 13 – 23. In Paris, the Secretary will meet with President Macron, Foreign Minister Le Drian, and other senior officials to build on our ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Israel-Lebanon Maritime Talks     

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE November 11, 2020 The following statement was released by the Government of the United States and the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon – Today, representatives from the governments of Israel and Lebanon held productive talks mediated by the United States and hosted by ... Read More»

Former Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams

Media Roundtable with Israeli Journalists November 9, 2020 Jerusalem MR ABRAMS:  I am very happy to be back in Israel.  It’s not my first visit and I’ve been very pleased to see a lot of old friends and acquaintances in the government and in the IDF.  We had very useful discussions yesterday and today about ... Read More»

Statement on the U.S. – Israel Joint Economic Development Group

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Press Release Monday, November 9, 2020 On November 9, American and Israeli officials held the 35th meeting of the U.S. – Israel Joint Economic Development Group (JEDG). This annual economic policy dialogue between the two nations has been held since 1985. More than 80 representatives from dozens of agencies and ministries took ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Issues First Passport Listing Place of Birth as ”Israel” for Applicants Born in Jerusalem

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Press Release October 30, 2020 Following the State Department’s announcement October 29, 2020, announcing that the Department will now allow U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to elect to list their place of birth as either “Israel” or “Jerusalem,” the first passport exemplifying the new regulation was issued today [Friday, October 30, 2020] ... Read More»

U.S. Citizens Born in Jerusalem

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 29, 2020 Consistent with President Trump’s Jerusalem Proclamation of December 6, 2017, and the historic opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, today I am announcing updates to the Department’s guidance on passports and other consular documents issued to U.S. citizens.  ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Israel-Lebanon Maritime Talks

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 29, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by the Government of the United States and the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon. Begin text: Building on progress from their October 14 meeting, on October 28 and 29 representatives from the governments of Israel and Lebanon held productive talks mediated by the United ... Read More»

BIRD/BARD SPEECH AT ARIEL UNIVERSITY – AS Delivered  

Mr. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Science and Technology Yizhar Shai, Mayor of Ariel Eli Shaviro, Minister of Regional Cooperation Ofir Akunis, Ariel University President Yehuda Danon, so many other distinguished guests in attendance and of course all those who are participating virtually:   In the early 1970’s, nearly 50 years ago, the United States of America and the State of Israel began to formalize academic, research and technological cooperation in the fields of science, industry and ... Read More»

U.S., Israel Expand Reach of Binational Foundations and Establish New Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Press Release October 28, 2020 Today, the United States and Israel agreed to remove geographic restrictions in each of the agreements that established the three U.S. –Israel Binational Foundations: the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD), the Binational Science Foundation (BSF), and the Binational Agricultural Research and Development Foundation (BARD). Both ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens (October 26, 2020)        

Message to U.S. Citizens (October 26, 2020)         Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza         Event:  The U.S. General Election is November 3 – make your vote count!      November 3 is the U.S. General Election.  In order for your vote to count, you must send your absentee ballot as soon as possible.  Remember, U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling ... Read More»

Access MBA Online Tour – Israel, November 17th 

Looking to boost your business skills and re-invent your career? The MBA gives you a fresh start.  Join fellow business professionals for this virtual MBA event wherever you’re based in Israel. Business schools from Israel, the US and around the world look forward to meeting you online on November 17th from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Tel Aviv time).  Register early ... Read More»

U.S. Welcomes Guatemala’s Designation of Hizballah as a Terrorist Organization

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 24, 2020 We commend Guatemala for designating Hizballah as a terrorist organization in its entirety and demonstrating resolve in countering this dangerous terrorist group.  This important step will help cut off Hizballah’s ability to plot terrorist attacks and to raise money around the world, including ... Read More»

Former President Donald J. Trump Brokers a Historic Peace Agreement Between Israel and Sudan

They are choosing a future in which Arabs and Israelis, Muslims, Jews, and Christians can live together, pray together, and dream together, side by side, in harmony, community, and peace. President Donald J. Trump October 23, 2020 STRIKING ANOTHER HISTORIC AGREEMENT: President Donald J. Trump has brokered a peace agreement between Sudan and Israel – ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the United States, the Republic of Sudan, and the State of Israel

Former President Donald J. Trump, Sudanese Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today to discuss Sudan’s historic progress towards democracy and opportunities to advance peace in the region. After decades of living under a brutal dictatorship, the people of Sudan are ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on Sudan

Issued on: October 23, 2020 Former  President Donald J. Trump has informed Congress of his intent to formally rescind Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. This follows on Sudan’s recent agreement to resolve certain claims of United States victims of terror and their families. Yesterday, in fulfillment of that agreement, the transitional government ... Read More»

US, Israel, UAE announce establishment of Abraham Fund following Accords commitment 

TEL AVIV, October 20th – The United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates are proud to announce the establishment of the Abraham Fund, which fulfils a commitment made in the Abraham Accords. Through this fund, the US International Development Finance Corporation, the UAE, and Israel will mobilize more than $3 billion in private sector-led ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: The 2020 election is just around the corner – make sure your vote counts! If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election, it is important to send your voting ballot right away! Remember, U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United ... Read More»

Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin To Lead U.S. Delegation to Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in Support of the Abraham Accords 

October 16, 2020 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced that a U.S. delegation led by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin will travel to Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to October 20 to support expanded economic cooperation under the Abraham Accords signed by the three countries last month. ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Launch of the Israel-Lebanon Maritime Talks

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 14, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by the Government of the United States and the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon. Begin text: Representatives from the governments of Israel, Lebanon, and the United States met on October 14 to launch discussions aimed ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary David Schenker’s Travel to Lebanon, Morocco, and the United Kingdom

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 12, 2020 Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker will travel to Lebanon, Morocco, and the United Kingdom October 12 – October 21. Hosted by UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis, Assistant Secretary Schenker will facilitate the opening session of negotiations between the governments ... Read More»

Former Secretary Pompeo to Host [pre-recorded] Virtual Conference on Combatting Online Anti-Semitism

NOTICE TO THE PRESS OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 7, 2020 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host and deliver opening remarks during the first-ever U.S. Government conference focused on combatting online anti-Semitism.  Organized by the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, the virtual conference aims to explore the threats posed by anti-Semitism on the internet and social media and to consider practical responses for governments and civil society. The [pre-recorded] conference, titled “Ancient Hatred, ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Establishing a Strategic Vision for Energy Partnership

Joint Statement on Establishing a Strategic Vision for Energy Partnership among the Ministry of Energy of the State of Israel, the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates, and the Department of Energy of the United States of America WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recognizing that energy collaboration can be a step toward a more ... Read More»

STATEMENT BY FORMER SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO: Framework Agreement for Israel-Lebanon Maritime Discussions

October 1, 2020 The United States welcomes the decision by the Governments of Israel and Lebanon to begin discussions on the maritime boundary. This historic agreement between the two parties was brokered by the United States and is the result of nearly three years of intense diplomatic engagement by Ambassador David Satterfield and Assistant Secretary ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

(September 29, 2020) Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not ... Read More»

Consular Message to U.S. Citizens on submitting election ballots 

Date: September 23, 2020 Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: Returning your absentee ballot for the 2020 General Election In some states, voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the United States General Election are as early as October fifth.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: Returning your absentee ballot for the 2020 General Election In some states, voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the United States General Election are as early as October fifth.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, we recommend ... Read More»

Former Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Felice Friedson of The Media Line

INTERVIEW MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE VIA TELECONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 QUESTION:  Good morning, Mr. Secretary, and thank you for joining us at The Media Line. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Great to be with you, Felice.  Thanks for having me on today. QUESTION:  Pleasure.  It’s telling that virtually all of the stories we are reporting relative ... Read More»

The United States Imposes Sweeping New Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran

PRESS STATEMENT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 The Trump Administration has made clear that the United States will do whatever it takes to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism, from spreading death and mayhem throughout the Middle East and the world. Rather than wait ... Read More»

Sweeping U.S. Measures to Support Return of UN Sanctions Relating to Iran’s Nuclear, Missile, and Conventional Arms Programs

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 “Our message is very, very simple: the United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles, and other kinds of conventional weapons. These UN sanctions will continue the arms embargo.”  – Secretary Pompeo, August 20, 2020. “When ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Israel Event: COVID-19 – Lockdown during the High Holidays The Israeli government announced a nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, effective September 18 at 2:00 PM through October 10.  The regulations of the lockdown, as we currently understand them, are in the September 17 Israeli government press release link below.  Regulations related to COVID-19 have been ... Read More»

Former President Trump promotes peace with Bahrain-Israel agreement

By ShareAmerica Sep 17, 2020 Prospects for Middle East peace are gaining momentum as the United States has brokered an agreement to normalize relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain. The deal is the second in a month after the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalize ties with Israel in August. President Trump announced ... Read More»

Former Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Al Nahyan

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 he following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan today in Washington, D.C. The Secretary commended the Foreign Minister for the monumental accomplishment of ... Read More»

The Abraham Accords

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu of the State of Israel Before Bilateral Meeting Abraham Accords Peace Agreement: Treaty of Peace, Diplomatic Relations and Full Normalization Between the United Arab Emirates and the State of Israel The Abraham Accords Declaration  Abraham Accords: Declaration of Peace, Cooperation, and Constructive Diplomatic and Friendly Relations President Trump and the First Lady participate in the Abraham Accords signing ceremony! Read More»

Historic Agreement Between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 On the 19th anniversary of 9/11, we usher in a new era of peace. It’s humbling when the course of history changes seemingly overnight. In less than one month, under President Trump’s leadership, we have another historic agreement, this time between Israel and ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump on the Announcement of Normalization of Relations Between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain

Issued on: September 11, 2020 Oval Office 1:02 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Just a few moments ago, I hosted a historic call between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and King Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain.  Both leaders expressed their condolences as well to the American people on this very, very ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Israel Event: COVID-19 – New Israeli COVID-19 Restrictions The Israeli government announced the following new COVID-19 related restrictions, effective September 8 to 15.  COVID-19 nighttime curfews imposed from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM, and the closing of educational institutions (except for special education) in the communities and neighborhoods listed by the Israeli government on the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Sale of the Chief of Mission Residence in Herzliya

The Department of State has recently selected the buyer for the sale of the former Chief of Mission Residence in Herzliya, Israel. The buyer was selected solely on the basis of having submitted the highest and best offer.  The selected buyer and the unsuccessful bidders have been notified. The Embassy will vacate the Chief of Mission ... Read More»

Economic Normalization between Kosovo and Serbia

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 The United States commends Serbian President Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Hoti on historic agreements they reached at the White House today, spanning a wide range of economic normalization issues. Their courageous and forward-looking leadership not only brings growth and jobs to their ... Read More»

The first direct El-Al flight to the United Arab Emirates departs Ben Gurion Airport today!

LIVE: The first direct El-Al flight to the United Arab Emirates departs Ben Gurion Airport today! NSA Robert O’Brien, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and a delegation of Israeli officials headed by NSA Meir Ben-Shabbat travel to Abu-Dhabi to advance the – peace accord. #LY971 #TLVtoAUH #AbrahamAccord צפו: הטיסה הישירה הראשונה של אל על לאיחוד האמירויות ממריאה מבן ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Gaza Event:  COVID-19 – Gaza Lockdown Extended Until August 30 The de facto authority in Gaza declared an extension of the current lockdown in Gaza through August 30, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. During the lockdown, all but essential businesses, offices, and public spaces – including mosques, halls, and sports clubs – ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)

Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York August 25, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Djani. Thank you, Mr. Mladenov, for your briefing. As always, we appreciate you and your team’s impartiality as you work to address this conflict. It is not often that I have the opportunity ... Read More»

Former Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Israel, Sudan, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates

Israel AUGUST 24, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Raab AUGUST 24, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Israel’s Alternate Prime Minister Gantz and Foreign Minister Ashkenazi   AUGUST 24, 2020 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu After Their Meeting AUGUST 24, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu  TRIP PAGE – More PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 23, 2020 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Israel, Sudan, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates August 23-28.  He will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem to ... Read More»

Former Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Israeli Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gilad Erdan

August 21, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Israeli Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gilad Erdan. Secretary Pompeo congratulated Ambassador Erdan on his appointment at the UN and discussed U.S. and Israeli efforts to counter Iran’s malign influence in the region. Secretary ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: Register and request an absentee ballot now for the 2020 General Election The U.S. Embassy wants to remind U.S. citizens to register and request an absentee ballot using the  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  now to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. The  Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)  also recommends you check your state’s submission guidelines, as ... Read More»

Historic Day for Peace in the Middle East

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 13, 2020 Today is an historic day and a significant step forward for peace in the Middle East. After vigorous diplomatic outreach, President Trump, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, announced an agreement to fully normalize relations. ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

Former President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in ... Read More»

U.S. Government Response to the Explosion in Beirut

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 7, 2020 We mourn the loss of life from the horrible tragedy that caused such tremendous destruction to Beirut earlier this week.  We pray for the survivors and their families and for all the Lebanese people as they struggle to put their lives and city ... Read More»

Trump Administration Strengthens Cooperation with Israel on Biodiversity Conservation

8/5/2020 Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Contact:  Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Israeli authorities to support future cooperation and exchanges on biodiversity conservation, protected areas and the protection of cultural and historical heritage. Signed by Secretary Bernhardt and Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: Reminder to register and request an absentee ballot by August 1 Registering and requesting an absentee ballot with the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) by August 1 is the best way for voters to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) also recommends you check your ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Event:  Demonstration Alert Over the last few weeks, there has been a marked increase in demonstrations in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.  Based on media reports, demonstrations will continue to occur, some with little or no warning.  Embassy personnel have been advised to maintain situational awareness and avoid large crowds, as demonstrations have the ... Read More»

Unalienable Rights and the Securing of Freedom

SPEECH MICHAEL R. POMPEO, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER JULY 16, 2020 AMBASSADOR GLENDON: I am Mary Ann Glendon. I’m chair of the Commission on Unalienable Rights, and on behalf of my fellow commissioners, some of whom are here today, I want to welcome you to this presentation of our  report . I ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: COVID-19 – New Israeli COVID-19 Restrictions Effective Today The Government of Israel announced the following new COVID-related restrictions, scheduled to take effect at 5:00 p.m. today (Friday, July 17, 2020). General restrictions (seven days a week, effective at 5:00 p.m. today, Friday, July 17): Closure of gyms and ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  West Bank Event: COVID-19 – PA Extends West Bank Lockdown Until July 26 The Palestinian Authority (PA) declared an extension of the current lockdown in the West Bank through July 26, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.  During the lockdown, all institutions and businesses will be closed except for supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, and small businesses that ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: West Bank Event: COVID-19 – PA Extends West Bank Lockdown Until July 26 The Palestinian Authority (PA) declared an extension of the current lockdown in the West Bank through July 26, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. During the lockdown, all institutions and businesses will be closed except for supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, and ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (July 16, 2020) Location:  West Bank Event:  COVID-19 – Updated Guidance for Departure from the West Bank For U.S. citizens with a Palestinian Authority (PA)-issued ID card, please contact the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs for assistance with departing the West Bank via the Allenby Bridge and Queen Alia Airport in Amman, Jordan.  ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: COVID-19 – Travel Options Remain Limited Travel options to and from Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza remain limited due to border closures and flight cancellations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. United and Delta airlines currently offer regularly scheduled direct flights between Ben Gurion airport and multiple destinations ... Read More»

Trafficking in Persons Report 2020

We are presenting the report in a PDF version only at this time. We will provide a 508-compliant PDF and an HTML version as soon as they are available.   View the report  → Former Secretary Pompeo, joined by Ivanka Trump and Ambassador John Cotton Richmond, unveiled the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report and honored TIP Report Heroes on June ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: COVID-19 – Latest Guidance on Reducing the Spread of COVID-19 We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to follow the latest guidance from U.S. and local authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: COVID-19 – Travel Options Remain Limited Travel options to and from Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza remain limited due to border closures and flight cancellations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. United, Delta, and El Al airlines currently offer regularly scheduled direct flights between Ben Gurion airport and ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (June 13, 2020) Location:  City of Jaffa, Near the Clock Tower and Throughout Jaffa Event:  Protest Alert Protests continue this evening near the Clock Tower and throughout the city of Jaffa.  Protests may turn violent to include vandalism, rock throwing, burning of tires, vehicles, and fire bombs.  Embassy personnel ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: COVID-19 – U.S. Passport Renewals by Mail Resume Passport printing centers in the United States have resumed printing full validity passports submitted via U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.  Eligible applicants may apply for full validity passports by mail and applications will be processed in the order received.  Information on applying ... Read More»

World Oceans Day

Plastic pollution is suffocating the oceans, us, our planet. Join the U.S. Embassy in our efforts to protect the sea in Israel, and the oceans around the world. Watch the video to see how you can help, and share this post. Together we’ll raise awareness around this critical issue.  #WorldOceansDay  🌊 Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: COVID-19 – Travel Options Remain Limited Travel options to and from Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza remain extremely limited as a result of border closures and flight cancellations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is currently one regularly-scheduled direct flight between Ben Gurion Airport and Newark ... Read More»

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (May 28, 2020)   Event:  The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens residing in or considering travel to the West Bank and Gaza to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.  Violence can occur with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, ... Read More»

10 Designers WANTED!  Apply Now!  

10 Designers WANTED! The U.S. Embassy in Israel is pleased to offer an international virtual fashion and design boot camp on Repurposed and Upcycled Design facilitated by New York-based designer Noor Bchara, founder of the sustainable fashion brand “ Noorism ”. Apply Now!   Program details: Free! Virtual Boot Camp is fully funded by the U.S. Department of State. Starts on July 6, 2020, for a duration of one month. Instruction language will be English. Virtual instruction, readings and ... Read More»

Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:  Registering to vote and submitting a ballot during the COVID-19 pandemic  Registering to vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world.  Voters should consult the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP)  COVID-19 information page  for the most recent information on how the ... Read More»

2021-2022 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship: Call For Applications

The  Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship is a one-year, fully-funded scholarship program offered to mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at one of the leading U.S. universities. The program awards a certificate from the U.S. Government; it is ... Read More»

2nd anniversary of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem

Today is the 2nd anniversary of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Please enjoy the video linked below which captures some of the highlights, and shares some reflections, of that historic day. Thank you President Trump for keeping a sacred promise to an ancient people. היום אנחנו מציינים שנתיים להעברת שגרירות ארצות הברית ... Read More»

Former Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Before Their Meeting

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE PRIME MINISTER’S RESIDENCE JERUSALEM MAY 13, 2020 PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Good morning. Mr. Secretary, Mike, welcome once again to Jerusalem. This visit comes a few days after the loss of your late father, Wayne. I want to express the condolences of my family to your family and ... Read More»

Former Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Israel

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MAY 8, 2020 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Israel May 13. He will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Speaker of the Knesset Benny Gantz in Jerusalem to discuss U.S. and Israeli efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as regional security issues ... Read More»

Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month, 2020

Issued on: April 29, 2020 In 1654, the first Jewish settlers arrived in New Amsterdam, present day New York City, seeking the freedom to practice their faith. In the centuries since, Jewish Americans have contributed in countless ways to our country’s culture and character. From the arts and sciences to business and public service, nearly ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: COVID-19 – Extension of Israeli Visa Validity The Israeli Population and Immigration Authority (PIBA) recently announced it has automatically extended the validity of visas in several categories for individuals holding visas expiring between March 12, 2020 and June 30, 2020. Individuals in Israel holding a visa in one of the categories below do not ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (April 23, 2020) Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: COVID-19 – Additional Movement Restrictions during Upcoming Holidays On April 22, the Israeli government announced new movement restrictions for the upcoming Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays.  From 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 27, through 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, individuals ... Read More»

Security Alert: Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza  Event: Potential security incidents in the Old City of Jerusalem   The month of Ramadan is expected to begin on Thursday, April 23, and end on Saturday, May 23.  While large gatherings in the Old City are not expected under current COVID–19 restrictions, the potential for security incidents still exists.  Because of the potential for security ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:  Nationwide Movement Restrictions April 14-16, 2020 The Government of Israel has announced additional nationwide movement restrictions in effect from 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2020, through 5:00 a.m. Thursday, April 16, 2020.  According to the announcement, individuals in Israel will not be permitted to travel between cities or between ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:  Coronavirus Economic Impact Payment U.S. citizens living overseas may qualify for the Coronavirus Economic Impact Payment program.  Please visit the  Internal Revenue Service Coronavirus Tax Relief site  for the most up-to-date information regarding these payments and other tax information.  The U.S. Embassy cannot answer tax or impact payment questions.  Taxpayer questions should be directed to the  Internal Revenue Service ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: Limitation of Passport Services  Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Department of State’s passport printing centers are no longer processing routine cases.  If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service, you should expect significant delays receiving your passport and your ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:  COVID-19 Additional Movement Restrictions and the Use of Protective Masks On April 7, the Israeli government announced new movement restrictions to take effect from April 7, at 7:00 p.m. until April 10, at 6:00 a.m.  To learn more about the restrictions, visit the Israeli Ministry of Health (MOH) ... Read More»

American Medical students studying in Israel decided to remain apart from their U.S. families

עשרות סטודנטים אמריקאים לרפואה הלומדים בישראל, בחרו לוותר על הקרבה למשפחותיהם ולתרום למאבק המקומי נגד הקורונה. הם חברו לסטודנטים הישראלים ויצאו להתנדב במתחמי הבדיקות של  מגן דוד אדום – Magen David Adom . נעבור את זה יחד! 🇺🇸🇮🇱 Dozens of American Medical students studying in Israel decided to remain apart from their U.S. families, and do their best to contribute to the local ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Event: International commercial flight options currently exist in Israel. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government has no plans to arrange repatriation flights ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (April 3, 2020) Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:  Status of Consular Operations at U.S. Embassy Jerusalem  The health and safety of those who work at and visit our embassy facilities is our highest priority.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in line with Government of Israel and ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Event: U.S. citizens who live in or seek to travel to the United States should arrange for immediate departure to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain in place for an indefinite period.  The options for commercial travel to the United States remain extremely limited, and ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:  U.S. citizens who live in or seek to travel to the United States should arrange for immediate departure to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain in place for an indefinite period.  The options for commercial travel to the United States remain extremely limited, and the ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

March 30, 2020 Location: Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Event: U.S. citizens who live in or seek to travel to the United States should arrange for immediate departure to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain in place for an indefinite period.  If you are a U.S. citizen currently in the West Bank ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:   As of March 29, the only available commercial flight departing Ben Gurion Airport to the United States is on United Airlines, but it is subject to change at any time.  El Al announced a temporary suspension of flights from March 26 to April 4.  To the best of our ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:   As of March 27, commercial flights departing Ben Gurion Airport to the United States remain available on the following airlines, but are subject to change at any time: United Airlines and El Al (NOTE: El Al announced a temporary suspension of flights from March 26 to April 4). U.S. citizens who ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: The Government of Israel announced updated guidelines and restrictions regarding personal movements and social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These guidelines include remaining within 100 meters of your home, reduced public transport, and the closure of places of worship, schools, commercial/dining establishments, heritage ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (March 23, 2020)

Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza U.S. citizens who live in or seek to travel to the United States should arrange for immediate departure to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain in Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza for an indefinite period.  Flight cancellations and suspensions can occur with little or no warning, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (March 21, 2020)

Location:  Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank U.S. citizens who live in or seek to travel to the United States should arrange for immediate departure to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain in Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza for an indefinite period.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: The Israeli Ministry of Health confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. On March 14, the  Department of State authorized the departure  of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19. Effective March 16, U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and Embassy ... Read More»

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

Global Health Advisory March 19, 2020 Level 4: Do Not Travel The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation — Travel From Europe

Frequently Asked Questions from American Citizens regarding March 11 and March 14 Presidential Proclamations 1.      Q: I am a U.S. citizen in Europe. Do the March 11 and March 14 Presidential Proclamations prevent me from returning to the United States? A: No. The restrictions do not apply to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. For the most ... Read More»

Travel Advisory – March 13, 2020

Israel and the West Bank – Level 3:  Reconsider Travel Gaza – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Reconsider travel to Israel and the West Bank due to travel restrictions and quarantine procedures instituted by the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  The Government of Israel announced that ... Read More»

Human Rights Report for 2019

From the time we declared our independence as a free nation, the United States has committed itself to the ideals of democracy, individual freedom, equal protection under the rule of law, and the protection of human rights.  Our nation was founded on the premise that all human beings are created equal in rights and in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Press Release on COVID19-Positive Individual That Visited US Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv on March 5th

March 12, 2020 As has been reported, the Ministry of Health (MOH) informed the U.S. Embassy that a COVID19-positive individual visited the Embassy Branch Office Non-Immigrant Visa Section waiting room in Tel Aviv in the 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. timeframe on March 5.  Following close consultation with the MOH, the Embassy has directed its affected staff ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:  The Government of Israel has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures for travelers arriving to Israel to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Effective Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 20:00 (Israel time), foreign travelers, including U.S. citizens, from locations in the United States and all other countries aside from ... Read More»

Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy  #InternationalWomensDay ! Meet Nagin Cox. She’s dreamed of working for NASA since she was 14. In 1993, after serving in the  United States Air Force  and obtaining a degree in Engineering, she made her dream come true and joined NASA as a spacecraft engineer. We had the honor of hosting her in Israel and introducing her to high school ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 80,000 reported cases worldwide. On March 5, 2020, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health announced seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the West ... Read More»

United States and Israel Host Joint Fintech Dialogue in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel – On February 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and Israeli authorities, including the Ministry of Finance, Bank of Israel, Israel Securities Authority, the Capital Markets, Insurance and Savings Authority, Ministry of Economy, Israel Innovation Authority, Ministry of Justice, and Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition held a joint ... Read More»

Israel: Central to the Middle East’s Future

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 2, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Wow, good evening, everyone.  (Cheers.)  What a crowd.  What a crowd.  It’s great to be here.  It is wonderful to be with you all tonight.  I want to say a few thank yous.  My thanks to AIPAC board chairman Mort Fridman, ... Read More»

Press Release: U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Seeks Out New U.S.-Israeli Business Opportunities

Press Release: U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Seeks Out New U.S.-Israeli Business Opportunities; Condemns UN ‘Blacklist’; Emphasizes U.S. Stands Firmly Behind U.S. Companies Doing Business with Israel Jerusalem, Israel February 26, 2020 Ian Steff, Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Department of Commerce, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem – February 19, 2020

Location:  Israel Event:  As of February 19, the Government of Israel reports there are no known cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Israel.  As a precaution, Israel’s Ministry of Health has recommended that the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority deny entry to anyone who is not an Israeli resident who has been in China, Thailand, ... Read More»

Planted an olive tree at the Ambassador’s Residence in Jerusalem with KKL-JNF

“Planted an olive tree at the Ambassador’s Residence in Jerusalem with KKL-JNF today. Joined President Donald J. Trump’s “trillion tree” initiative, commemorated Tu Bishvat and strengthened our presence in this Holy City. Just like the tree, may our relationship with Israel grow bigger & stronger.” – Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, February 12, ... Read More»

Remarks by Former President Trump in State of the Union Address

U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 9:06 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you very much. Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — (applause) — and my fellow citizens: Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback.  Tonight, I stand before you ... Read More»

Suspension of Entry of Persons Who Pose Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19): Any individuals with pending consular appointments who (1) were physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, or the Islamic Republic of Iran within the last 14 days, (2) are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or (3) believe ... Read More»

Peace to Prosperity – A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People

Overview The White House is pleased to share President Trump’s Vision for a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. This Vision is the most realistic solution to a problem that has plagued the region for far too long. It creates a path to prosperity, security, and dignity for all involved. If the parties ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (January 28, 2020)

Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:  With widespread calls for demonstrations in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, U.S. government employees and their family members are not permitted until further notice to conduct personal travel to the areas of Jerusalem’s Old City surrounding the Damascus Gate, Herod’s Gate, Lion’s Gate, and Chain Gate, Haram Al-Sharif/Temple ... Read More»

Former Vice President of the United States Visit – World Holocaust Forum to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Remarks by Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Netanyahu of the State of Israel After Bilateral Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum | Jerusalem, Israel Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, disembarks his airplane after landing in Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, on January 23, 2020. VPOTUS was met by the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. On the Israeli side, he was greeted by Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz, the Foreign Ministry Director-General Yuval Rotem and Ambassador ... Read More»

Remarks by Former U.S. Ambassador David M. Friedman at the Kohelet Forum

January 8, 2020 Jerusalem A couple of words before I begin: We are all watching closely events taking place in the region, and we will hear in a few hours President Trump’s assessment of the reported Iranian missile strikes on bases where we have American military personnel stationed. Initial assessments are positive, and we pray ... Read More»

Remarks by Former President Trump on Iran – January 8, 2020

THE PRESIDENT:  As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Good morning.  I’m pleased to inform you: The American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime.  We suffered no casualties, all ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (January 6, 2020)

Location:  Israel, West Bank and Gaza Event:  Heightened Middle East Tensions Heightened tension in the Middle East may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness, as security incidents, including rocket ... Read More»

Interview With Former Secretary Pompeo – JANUARY 5, 2020

QUESTION: Joining me now is the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Secretary Pompeo, welcome back to Meet the Press, sir. SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, Chuck. It’s good to be with you this morning. QUESTION: Let me start with the shooting – the strike against Soleimani, the killing of him. He’s been a threat to the United States, to ... Read More»

Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, and a very happy new year to all from Former Ambassador David Friedman

Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, and a very happy new year to all from Ambassador David Friedman. May it be a year that unites us in acts of good will, generosity and kindness. חנוכה שמח, חג מולד שמח, ושנה אזרחית חדשה טובה לכולם מהשגריר דוד פרידמן. מי ייתן ששנה זו תאחד אותנו במעשים של רצון טוב, ... Read More»

Presidential Message on Hanukkah

Melania and I send our warmest greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel, and around the world celebrating Hanukkah. For eight nights, Jewish families and friends will come together to engage in the lighting of the menorah. This special tradition started more than 2,000 years ago during the rededication ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (December 9, 2019)

Location:  Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza  Event:  The U.S. Embassy has lifted the prohibition on U.S. government employee travel to all quarters of Jerusalem’s Old City (announced in the Security Alerts of November 18 and 23, 2019), but may occasionally restrict travel to the Old City based on the security environment.  U.S. government employees are also now permitted to ... Read More»

Former Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Before Their Meeting

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE INTERCONTINENTAL LISBON LISBON, PORTUGAL DECEMBER 4, 2019 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, will the U.S. oppose Israel annexing the Jordan Valley? PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Yes. So I’m delighted again to see Secretary Pompeo. The first subject that I will raise is Iran, the second subject is Iran, and so is the third, ... Read More»

U.S. and Israel strengthen economic and scientific ties

By ShareAmerica -Nov 29, 2019 The United States and Israel have been economic and political allies for more than 70 years. (© Ruskpp/Shutterstock) The United States and Israel continue to build their  economic partnership  and expand scientific collaboration. (State Dept./Photo © Amir Cohen/AP Images) More than 80 U.S. and Israeli officials gathered in Washington in October to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Event: The U.S. Embassy has lifted the prohibition on U.S. government employee travel to Jerusalem’s Old City (announced in the Security Alert of November 18, 2019), with the exception of the areas near and inside Damascus Gate, Herod’s Gate, Lion’s Gate, and Chain Gate.  U.S. government employees are also now ... Read More»

Former Secretary Pompeo Comments on Israeli Civilian Settlement Activity

Secretary Pompeo: After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this Administration agrees with President Reagan. The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law. The full video of Secretary Pompeo’s remarks to the media today can be viewed here and on YouTube at  https://youtu.be/iS_Xe3BcK80?t=1691 . ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Gaza, Southern Israel Event:  Rockets continue to impact the Gaza periphery, the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, and areas across southern Israel.  U.S. government employees and their family members are temporarily restricted from personal travel to and through areas with active red alert sirens or rocket activity, as the situation remains unpredictable.  Personnel currently ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv – Limited Staffing on November 13, 2019

Location:  Gaza, Southern and Central Israel Event:  Due to ongoing rocket fire in Gaza and southern and central Israel, the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv will operate at limited staffing on November 13, 2019.  As a result, visa services and non-emergency U.S. citizen services will be cancelled for the day.  Services will remain ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv

Location:  Gaza, Southern and Central Israel Event:  Due to ongoing rocket fire in Gaza and southern and central Israel, the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv released non-essential personnel at 10:00 a.m.  Visa services and non-emergency U.S. citizen services are suspended for the remainder of the day (November 12, 2019).  Services remain open at ... Read More»

Country Reports on Terrorism 2018

Country Reports on Terrorism 2018 is submitted in compliance with Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f (the “Act”), which requires the Department of State to provide to Congress a full and complete annual report on terrorism for those countries and groups meeting the criteria of the Act. NOVEMBER 1, 2019 READ THE REPORT    Read More»

Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, met with Blue and White Chairman, LTG (res.) MK Benny Gantz in Jerusalem, Israel

Today Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, met with Blue and White Chairman, LTG (res.) MK Benny Gantz in Jerusalem, Israel. Also in attendance were Ambassador David Friedman, Special Envoy Brian Hook and Deputy Assistant to the President Avi Berkowitz, as well as MK Yair Lapid. They discussed the strong relationship and unbreakable alliance ... Read More»

Watch the statements Former U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a productive meeting this morning in Jerusalem. Watch the statements they gave and their tour of the Prime Minister’s Sukkah. מזכיר המדינה של ארה”ב מייקל פומפאו וראש ממשלת ישראל בנימין נתניהו נפגשו הבוקר בירושלים. צפו בהצהרה שנשאו ובסיור שלהם בסוכת מעון ראש ... Read More»

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the F-35 aircraft

US and Israeli military officials gathered in Nevatim Airbase to inaugurate new hangars built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the F-35 aircraft. Shabbat Shalom! בכירים מחילות האוויר של ארה”ב וישראל התכנסו בבסיס  #נבטים  לחניכת ההאנגרים החדשים שבנה חיל ההנדסה האמריקני למטוסי F-35. שבת שלום! Read More»

Presidential Message on Yom Kippur, 2019

Melania and I wish all Jewish people a blessed Yom Kippur. Known as the “Sabbath of Sabbaths,” Yom Kippur is the holiest of days in the Jewish faith and the culmination of the High Holy Days.  Through teshuva, tefilla, and tzedakah, Jews on Yom Kippur reach toward God to reunite and seek spiritual closeness to our Creator.  As ... Read More»

Shana Tova from all of us at U.S. Embassy Jerusalem!

שנה טובה משגרירות ארה”ב בירושלים! השגרירל שעבר  פרידמן יצא לחפש אחר הדבש הטרי ביותר לחגיגות ראש השנה, וצוות השגרירות נחלץ לעזרתו. נחשו מה היינו צריכים לעשות?! 🎶🍯 Shana Tova from all of us at U.S. Embassy Jerusalem! This year Former Ambassador Friedman was on the lookout for the freshest honey for Rosh Hashanah celebrations, so ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Middle East

Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 20, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, and thank you Mr. Mladenov, Ministers, and Ambassador Danon. As you know, this is my first time participating in this monthly briefing. With this in mind, I would like to step back ... Read More»

Former Ambassador Friedman and U.S. Special Representative Jason Greenblatt met this afternoon with the chairman of Israel’s Blue and White Party

Ambassador David Friedman and U.S. Special Representative Jason Greenblatt met this afternoon with the chairman of Israel’s Blue and White Party, General Benny Gantz. They had a cordial discussion on various topics, including the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, security challenges within the region and efforts to promote peace. בני גנץ – Benny Gantz‏Verified account @gantzbe I met with Ambassador David Friedman ... Read More»

The American Citizen Services will suspend non-emergency appointments, Oct 2 to Nov 1

The American Citizen Services Unit in Tel Aviv will suspend non-emergency appointments from October 2 – November 1, 2019, for building renovations.  During this period, please contact TelAvivACS@state.gov for emergency service requests or go to our website to schedule an appointment for routine services in Jerusalem. Federal Benefits Unit appointments (including Social Security Numbers) will be suspended ... Read More»

Americans mark September 11

ShareAmerica – Sep 5, 2019 On each anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans gather at memorials and events across the country. They pause to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania on that day. Besides the three memorials  built at the sites  where each attack took place, other ... Read More»

USAID Administrator Mark Green and Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz signed a Memorandum

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 USAID Administrator Mark Green and Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the global partnership in development between the two countries.  USAID – US Agency for International Development  and  MASHAV  – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, established the framework for increased cooperation for the development of partner countries in areas such as ... Read More»

Former Ambassador Friedman Statement on Israeli Government Decision To Deny Entry to Tlaib/Omar Congressional Delegation

STATEMENT OF AMBASSADOR DAVID FRIEDMAN WITH REGARD TO THE DECISION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL TO DENY ENTRY TO DELEGATION LED BY CONGRESSWOMEN RASHIDA TLAIB AND ILHAN OMAR Jerusalem, Israel August 15, 2019 The United States supports and respects the decision of the Government of Israel to deny entry to the Tlaib/Omar Delegation. The Boycott, ... Read More»

Joint Statement from the meeting of United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Minister of Energy Yuval Steinitz of Israel 

Today (Monday, July 22, 2019) Secretary Perry and Minister Steinitz committed to further advancing the high level of strategic cooperation between the United States and Israel in energy. Our two countries share a history of friendship based on common efforts and mutual respect.  For decades, the energy bonds between our great nations have strengthened, reinforcing ... Read More»

4th of July Speech by Former Ambassador David M. Friedman‏

Good Evening.  Tammy and I warmly welcome you to Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel.It’s my pleasure to welcome PM Netanyahu and Sara Netanyahu President Reuven Rivlin (who honored us earlier this evening with his attendance) Deputy President of the Supreme Court, The Honorable Hanan Melcer Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism, Elan Carr ... Read More»

4th of July Party – Join us live on U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Facebook page

Even if you’re not going to be attending our first ever Independence Day Party in Jerusalem, you can still join us live on  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Facebook page. Looking forward to being with you, virtually or in person. גם אם לא תשתתפו במסיבת ה-4 ביולי הראשונה בירושלים, עדיין תוכלו לצפות בה בשידור חי בעמוד הפייסבוק שלנו . מצפים לחגוג איתכם, דרך ... Read More»

FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP WANTS TO BRING PROSPERITY TO THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE AND ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST

“I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal.” – President Donald J. Trump PEACE TO PROSPERITY: The Trump Administration is launching a new approach, Peace to Prosperity, which will help build a better ... Read More»

Peace To Prosperity | The White House

Peace to Prosperity is a vision to empower the Palestinian people to build a prosperous and vibrant Palestinian society. It consists of three initiatives that will support distinct pillars of the Palestinian society: the economy, the people, and the government. With the potential to facilitate more than $50 billion in new investment over ten years, Peace to ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert, U. S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Anti-American demonstrations may take place in city centers in the West Bank and Gaza.   Demonstrations may also occur in other locations in the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel. Event: Anti-American demonstrations are expected to take place on June 24, 25, and 26, 2019.  Previous demonstrations have sometimes encountered a strong security force presence and ... Read More»

Official ceremony naming a community in the Golan Heights after Former U.S. President Donald Trump

Former Ambassador David M. Friedman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, ministers and officials from the Golan Regional Council take part in an official ceremony naming a community in the Golan Heights after U.S. President Donald Trump, on June 16, 2019. Read More»

“The Day After Peace” project trailer

אנחנו שומעים שוב ושוב על המציאות המורכבת של היחסים בין ישראלים לפלסטינים, אבל האם זה באמת כל הסיפור? חברנו ל Docaviv דוקאביב ולקרן גשר לקולנוע רב תרבותי – Gesher Multicultural Film Fund וביקשנו מיוצרים יהודים וערבים הצעות לסרטים תיעודיים המאירים את הצד הפחות מדובר ביחסים אלה. מתוכם בחרנו לפרויקט “היום שאחרי השלום” שבעה סרטים קצרצרים ... Read More»

Former U.S. Ambassador David Friedman hosted a Ramadan Iftar

Last night U.S. Ambassador David Friedman hosted a Ramadan Iftar meal at his home with many Muslim, Christian and Jewish friends. As he mentioned in his remarkes at the Iftar: “There is far more that unites us than divides us.”  #RamadanKareem استضاف السفير الأمريكي ديفيد فريدمان الليلة الماضية إفطاراً رمضاني رائع في منزله مع العديد من ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (May 13, 2019) Location:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Event:  May 14, 2019, is the anniversary of the U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem, as well as related protests along the Gaza periphery.  Terrorist groups may choose the anniversary, which coincides with the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv (May ... Read More»

Op-Ed: A year after opening the Jerusalem Embassy: On the right side of history

Read the op-ed Ambassador David Friedman wrote for ‘Israel Hayom’ ahead of the first anniversary of the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem Contrary to all the negative predictions, the Jerusalem embassy has been an extraordinary success, advancing peaceful coexistence, bilateral cooperation and cultural exchange between and among Israelis, Palestinians and Americans. by   David M. Friedman On May 14, 2018, the United States finally opened its embassy in ... Read More»

Former Presidential Message on Ramadan, 2019

I send my warmest greetings to all Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan commemorates when the sacred Quran was revealed to Muhammad.  At the spotting of the crescent moon, Muslim families and communities will honor this revelation by beginning a month of inward reflection, spiritual renewal, and prayer. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from ... Read More»

Former US Ambassadors and US Special Envoy for Combatting Anti-Semitism Elan Carr

שגרירים אמריקאים והשליח המיוחד של הנשיא טראמפ למאבק באנטישמיות המבקרים בישראל פרסמו הצהרה משותפת שמביעה תמיכה בישראל Honored to host a visiting delegation of US ambassadors and US Special Envoy for Combatting Anti-Semitism Elan Carr. Please see our joint statement below in support of Israel as the country faces yet another barrage of missile attacks ... Read More»

Ambassador Friedman To Participate in March of the Living with Other U.S. Ambassadors

JOINT RELEASE OF THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE US DELEGATION TO THE MARCH OF THE LIVING On May 2 in Krakow, Poland, eight U.S. government officials will come together to lead, for the first time ever, an official delegation to the annual March of the Living at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps.  The three co-chairs of this delegation ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, Gaza and city centers in the West Bank.  Locations throughout Israel and the West Bank could also be settings for demonstrations, protests, and police, military, and/or civilian response.  Security incidents, including rocket fire, can occur well beyond Gaza and its periphery and at any time, ... Read More»

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman delivers remarks at the 2019 @AIPAC Policy Conference

“as delivered” Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Thank you so much. It’s so great to be back with you and I bring you greetings from my boss, my friend, and Israel’s greatest ally ever to reside in the White House, President Donald Trump. I want to start today on an outrageous, a sad, and ultimately a ... Read More»

Proclamation on Recognizing the Golan Heights as Part of the State of Israel

The State of Israel took control of the Golan Heights in 1967 to safeguard its security from external threats.  Today, aggressive acts by Iran and terrorist groups, including Hizballah, in southern Syria continue to make the Golan Heights a potential launching ground for attacks on Israel.  Any possible future peace agreement in the region must ... Read More»

The Former Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo – Travel to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City, March 19-23, 2019

From March 19-23, Secretary Pompeo will travel to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City. In Beirut, the Secretary will meet with Lebanese leaders to discuss the political, security, economic, and humanitarian challenges facing Lebanon. The Secretary’s visit will underscore U.S. support for the Lebanese people and Lebanon’s legitimate state institutions. In Jerusalem, the Secretary will meet ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo released today the 2018 Human Rights Reports

PRESS RELEASE: Secretary Pompeo released today the 2018 Human Rights Reports. Following are highlights from the report on Israel, the Golan Heights, West Bank, and Gaza: Israel’s democratic institutions remain strong, including a free press, independent judiciary, free and fair elections, and rule of law. Beginning on March 30, Israeli forces engaged in conflict with ... Read More»

“Hand in Hand” school supported by USAID

Former  U.S. Ambassador David Friedman toured “Hand In Hand” bilingual school in Jerusalem this morning and was greeted by it’s first graders with Hebrew and Arabic songs 🎼 Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel Spent the day in Jerusalem meeting with Christian, Muslim and Jewish residents. Loved the “Hand in Hand” school supported by USAID, where all faiths and backgrounds study together ... Read More»

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman toured the Israel-Gaza border area

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman toured the Israel-Gaza border area today. Senator Graham and Ambassador Friedman were briefed by Israel Defense Forces Southern Command Commander Maj.-Gen. Herzi Halevi and also visited an unearthed cross-border Hamas terror tunnel accompanied by Brig.-Gen. Eliezer Toledano, commander of the IDF’s Gaza division. (No ... Read More»

Former U.S. Ambassador, Israeli PM Visit THAAD Deployment Site

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled yesterday to a site where the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) deployed a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The two officials received a briefing from the commanders in the field, and held a tour at the site. This afternoon I toured ... Read More»

Former Ambassador Friedman Visits Beit Jimal Monastery

Today Ambassador Friedman visited the beautiful and historical Beit Jimal Monastery, together with the NGO Tag Meir, to strongly condemn multiple vandalism attacks on the monastery and its cemetery in recent years. All those who believe in religious freedom have a duty to stand up to protect and defend religious minorities. The monastery is built ... Read More»

Merger of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem

STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON March 3, 2019 Merger of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem On March 4, 2019, U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem will merge into U.S. Embassy Jerusalem to form a single diplomatic mission. This step follows Secretary Pompeo’s October 18, 2018 announcement that the two missions and teams would ... Read More»

United States-Israel Diplomatic Efforts Underpin First Israeli Spacecraft Landing on the Moon

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 22, 2019 The United States congratulates the Government of Israel and our respective commercial space industries for the historic SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch of  SpaceIL’s Lunar Lander  named Beresheet. The mission  launched yesterday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station , Florida, at 8:45 p.m. EST and will land on the Moon in about two months. The ... Read More»

NASA is Aboard First Private Moon Landing Attempt

Editor’s note: SpaceIL’s lander  launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida  the evening of Feb. 21, 2019 (1:45 UTC Feb. 22). The last screw is tightened and a private Moon lander is packed in the fairing atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It took eight years to get there, plus significant dedication by a small ... Read More»

Ministerial To Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East

The “Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East,” held jointly by the United States and Poland, will take place in Warsaw, Poland on February 13-14. This Ministerial will be an opportunity for countries to share their perspectives both from within and outside the region. This includes a conversation on ... Read More»

Former Secretary Pompeo: Welcoming Our New Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

Honored that Elan Carr is joining our team as the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat #AntiSemitism. His lifelong commitment to our country and the protection of the Jewish people bolsters the @realDonaldTrump Administration’s unwavering fight against anti-Semitism.   Elan S. Carr Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Term of Appointment: 02/05/2019 to present Elan ... Read More»

Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2019- Application Deadline Extended to March 1

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is the preeminent annual gathering that convenes entrepreneurs, investors, and their supporters globally. An estimated 20,000 emerging leaders have participated in Global Entrepreneurship Summits since 2010. At previous GES summits, governments and the private sector have committed to provide over $1 billion in new capital to entrepreneurs worldwide. On November ... Read More»

Former Presidential Message on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On April 27, 1945, a young soldier of the 12th Armored Division of the United States Army wrote these astonishing words to his wife in the United States: “Although I may never talk about what I have witnessed today.  I will never forget what I have seen.”  Aaron A. Eiferman’s division was moving to a ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Lebanese Border Areas and Golan Heights Region Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem has lifted the temporary travel restrictions on U.S. government employees and their family members conducting personal travel to northern Israel that were put in place on December 18, 2018.  U.S. government employees and their family members can resume personal travel to the ... Read More»

Former Secretary Pompeo in the Middle East

By  ShareAmerica – Jan 14, 2019 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on a week-long visit to nine countries across the Middle East, is reiterating America’s commitment to the region and galvanizing U.S. partners and allies to counter the Iranian regime’s destructive activities. Wide-ranging talks with Saudi leaders Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi King ... Read More»

U.S. Government Shutdown – Embassy Israel is OPEN for Visa and Passport appointments

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem January 8, 2019 The Federal Government of the United States of America is currently in a Lapse of Appropriations period which started Saturday, December 22, 2018. Scheduled passport and visas services, and emergency services for U.S. citizens, will continue at U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and at the Branch Office in Tel Aviv during ... Read More»

Remarks With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Before Their Meeting

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Melia Hotel Brasilia, Brazil January 1, 2019 PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: I’m delighted to see Secretary of State Pompeo, our good friend Mike. The second time, I think, in about a month. We have a lot to discuss. We’re going to discuss our – the intense cooperation between Israel and ... Read More»

Stark evidence of Iranian missile threat

By  ShareAmerica  Dec 18, 2018 American officials showed the world stark evidence of the escalating threat from Iran’s ballistic missiles. Standing in front of an Iranian Sayyad 2C surface-to-air missile and fragments of a Qiam ballistic missile that Houthi rebels in Yemen fired at Saudi Arabia, Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, called them ... Read More»

The Embassy of the United States in Israel Announces Seven Summer Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars

What Is It? Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars are intensive six-week post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Jerusalem

December 14, 2018 Location: Northern Israel Event: Due to increased tensions along Israel’s northern border, until further notice, U.S. government employees and their family members are prohibited from personal travel to northern Israel in the area north of Route 89 and west of Route 90, as well as north of Route 99, except for Safed and Rosh ... Read More»

An Investment in Israel’s Arab Community, An Investment in Israel’s Future

Former  Ambassador David Friedman’s op-ed in Al-Quds newspaper In the short span of its 70 years as an independent nation, Israel has transformed itself into one of the most robust world economies.  With per capita Gross National Product nearing $40,000, a dynamic start-up culture and the third-most educated population in the world, Israel is a ... Read More»

Former Presidential Message on Hanukkah

Melania and I send our warmest greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel, and around the world celebrating Hanukkah. For eight nights, Jewish families and friends will come together to engage in the lighting of the menorah.  This special tradition started more than 2,000 years ago during the rededication ... Read More»

Former U.S. Ambassador, Israeli PM Light Hanukkah Candles at Western Wall, December 6, 2018

U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Mr. David M. Friedman and his wife Tammy joined Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at Jerusalem’s Western Wall this evening (December 6, 2018) for a candle-lighting ceremony marking the fifth night of Hanukkah. Today marks one year since President Trump’s December 6, 2017 declaration on moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Read More»

Statement from Former President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018 Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 5th Israeli-American Council National Conference

Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Florida Issued on: November 30, 2018 1:55 P.M. EST THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, everyone.  (Applause.)  To Miriam and Sheldon, to Ambassador Dermer, to Speaker Edelstein, to Minister Shaked, Dr. Shai, Mayor Levy, to all the friends of Israel who have traveled to be here, far and wide, it is ... Read More»

Former Ambassador Friedman’s Statement on Recent Meetings in Washington on the Peace Plan

Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and I had a very productive meeting last week in the Oval Office with President Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Bolton in which we discussed the President’s vision for comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Reports of our meeting have been wildly inaccurate. I would like to reaffirm ... Read More»

Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Middle East

New York City November 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I thank Mr. Mladenov for his briefing. His presentations on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are always detailed and well-considered. But, as we have pointed out, as a survey of the threats to peace and security in the Middle East, Mr. Mladenov’s briefings are, by ... Read More»

The Iranian Regime Protects Itself

As the new round of sanctions against the Iranian regime goes into effect, regime officials are lying about the targets and consequences. The sanctions exempt humanitarian goods such as medicine and food, but the regime chooses to allow suffering among its people for political and financial purposes. היום תמה ונשלמה השתתפות ארה”ב בהסכם הגרעין. עם ... Read More»

SHOOTING SYNAGOGUE

 David M. Friedman‏ Today the residents of Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill community are in mourning in the aftermath of a terrorist shooting attack shattering Tree of Life synagogue’s Shabbat services. We are heartbroken and pray for the victims and their families, including the brave police. 9:31 AM – 27 Oct 2018 President Trump’s remarks on the horrific, anti-semitic, attack ... Read More»

Former Ambassador Friedman’s Remarks at the JFNA General Assembly

Canadian Ambassador to Israel, Deborah Lyons, Chair of the JFNA Board of Trustees, my friend Richard Sandler, incoming Chair Mr. Mark Wilf, co-chairs of the GA Danna Azrieli and Marius Nacht, CEO of the JFNA, my friend and fellow rabbi’s son, Jerry Silverman, my wife, Tammy just returning from the birthday party of our eldest ... Read More»

On the Merging of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Former Secretary of State Washington, DC October 18, 2018 I am pleased to announce that following the May 14 opening of the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, we plan to achieve significant efficiencies and increase our effectiveness by merging U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem into a ... Read More»

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Former Ambassador Friedman on board USS ROSS (DDG 71)

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman hoster  The Prime Minister of Israel  Benjamin Netanyahu on board the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer  USS ROSS (DDG 71)  at the Port of Ashdod. During the visit, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Ambassador Friedman toured the ship, met the Sailors and officers who command the vessel, and gave remarks at a celebration marking the 243rd birthday of the  U.S. Navy . (function(d, s, ... Read More»

Former Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At the 36th Annual Jewish Institute for National Security of America Awards Dinner

October 10, 2018 Grand Hyatt Hotel Washington, D.C. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Tom, thank you for the kind introduction.  Catherine, it’s great to see you.  Catherine Herridge is my favorite reporter, but you should know that’s a low bar.  (Laughter.)  I — MS HERRIDGE:  You were my favorite congressman.  (Laughter.) FORMER SECRETARY POMPEO:  I – (laughter).  Fair ... Read More»

The Camp David Accords, 40 years later

By  Lauren Monsen Oct 2, 2018 Forty years ago, President Jimmy Carter hosted Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at a U.S. presidential retreat, Camp David, in rural Maryland. Modern Egyptians and Israelis continue to reap the benefits of the progress made there. After 12 days of negotiations between Sadat and Begin with ... Read More»

Sports for Social Change in Israel

 The U.S. Embassy Jerusalem’s Public Diplomacy Section, together with the Department of State and the organization World Learning are inviting you to apply for a unique international program emphasizing the use of sports as way to counter racism and promote conflict resolution. This exchange program is meant to expose young sports professionals at the ... Read More»

Ten-Year Memorandum of Understanding Between the United States and Israel

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON October 1, 2018 Ten-Year Memorandum of Understanding Between the United States and Israel Today, as we enter the new fiscal year, the ten-year period of the $38 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the United States and Israel in ... Read More»

Ambassador Haley on the UN Human Rights High Commissioner’s Inaugural Statement to the Human Rights Council

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2018 Press Release: Ambassador Haley on the UN Human Rights High Commissioner’s Inaugural Statement to the Human Rights Council On September 10, newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet gave her inaugural statement to ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Rosh Hashanah National Press Call with Jewish Faith Leaders and Rabbis

Issued on: September 6, 2018 Via Telephone 12:18 P.M. EDT MR. KUSHNER: Thank you very much. I want to welcome everybody. And thank you for joining us today to celebrate the High Holidays. And it’s my honor to introduce in a few minutes the President. As we enter the final days of the month of Elul ... Read More»