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»

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»

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»

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 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 – most ... Read More»

Identifying Organizations Engaged in Anti-Semitic BDS Activities

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, 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 (BDS) ... 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.” – 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 Jerusalem to ... Read More»

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: 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 Israel ... Read More»

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»

Assistant Secretary of State 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, 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 languishes ... Read More»

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»

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, 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.  Effective ... 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, 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 in ... Read More»

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

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 finally ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on Sudan

Issued on: October 23, 2020 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 of ... 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»

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»

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated:  [11/13/20] Israel:  Country-Specific Information:  Israel has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  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 the requirement to wear a protective mask that covers the nose and mouth ... 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 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»

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»

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»

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, 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 the ... 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, 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 citizens, ... 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»

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»

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, 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. This ... Read More»

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

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 the ... 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, 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 came ... 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»

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»

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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»

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

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, 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 of ... Read More»

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, 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, my ... 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.” – U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, February 12, 2020. ... Read More»

Remarks by 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»

Vice President of the United States – 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 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»

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»

Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, and a very happy new year to all from 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»

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»

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»

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 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»

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

שנה טובה משגרירות ארה”ב בירושלים! השגריר 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 Ambassador Friedman was on the lookout for the freshest honey for Rosh Hashanah celebrations, so he asked for assistance ... 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»

Ambassador David 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»

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 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»

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»

“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»

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»

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»

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 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

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 with ... Read More»

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and 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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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

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 success ... 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»

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 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»

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»

SodaStream factory in the Negev

U.S. Ambassador David Friedman and his wife Tammy visited SodaStream factory in the Negev where hundreds of Jews, Palestinians and Bedouins work together in peace, harmony and friendship. A beautiful model for the entire region! The Ambassador wished the Ethiopian employees and the entire Ethiopian Jewish community a happy Sigd! 🇪🇹 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»

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 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 single ... Read More»

Prime Minister Netanyahu and 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»

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.) SECRETARY POMPEO:  I – (laughter).  Fair enough.  ... 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»

Suspension of Services at the U.S. Consular Agency in Haifa

This is a joint message from U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and U.S. Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv. The Haifa Consular Agency is permanently closed as of March 26, 2019 U.S. citizens needing consular services may schedule appointments at the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem or the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in ... Read More»

Ambassador Friedman went down to Sderot to thank the Israel Fire & Rescue Authority and 10 of their American counterparts

Real solidarity is measured with deeds, and there’s no better way to show such solidarity than fighting shoulder to shoulder against the fires raging on the Gaza border. This morning Ambassador Friedman went down to Sderot to thank the  כבאות והצלה לישראל Israel Fire & Rescue Authority  and 10 of their American counterparts who volunteered to come to Israel through the  Emergency Volunteer Project  to help ... Read More»

2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

Trafficking in Persons Reports – 2018 – translations ( Hebrew and Arabic ) “This year’s report focuses on effective ways local communities can address human trafficking proactively and on how national governments can support and empower them. Local communities are the most affected by this abhorrent crime and are also the first line of defense against human trafficking. By engaging and training law enforcement, religious ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City July 24, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. Mladenov for your briefing. Before I go to the main point of my remarks, I do want to emphasize one item that Mr. Mladenov ... Read More»

MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS

Due to office renovations, the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv is temporarily suspending consular appointments from Monday, July 30, 2018, through Friday, August 3, 2018. This includes appointments for American Citizen Services (passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, notarial services, and other special consular services). During this ... Read More»

For Gaza peace, tell the truth about Hamas – Op-Ed CNN

David M. Friedman‏ Verified account @USAmbIsrael  The world is growing tired of Hamas and its culture of hate and violence. Even the United Nations is changing. Attached is the article I co-wrote with Ambassador Haley, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt. www-m.cnn.com/2018/07/21/opinions/for-gaza-peace-tell-the-truth-about-hamas-haley-kushner-friedman-greenblatt/index.html … 12:59 AM – 22 Jul 2018 Read More»

Diversity in the workplace

Diversity in the workplace is a noble objective wich strengthens Israeli society and helps companies recruit top-notch employees. Last week Ambassador Friedman gave the “Leading in Diversity 2018” prize during an Itworks event to Citibank Nokia and Procter & Gamble (P&G) for their extraordinary work on promoting workforce diversity in high-tech in Israel. Head of ... Read More»

Amb. Freidman Commends MEPI-Supported Organization for Its Work to Increase Employment Diversity in Israel

On July 9th, Ambassador David Freidman hosted the closing ceremony for the “Diversity Works” project – a joint initiative led by the itworks nonprofit organization and  supported by the U.S. Embassy’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).  Diversity Works contributed to a dramatic 150% increase in employment diversity in the 47 participating companies by integrating various ... Read More»

The United States and Israel Establish Joint Center of Excellence in Energy

JUNE 25, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Israeli Energy Ministry signed the Implementation Agreement to establish the U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology (“the Center”). In March 2018, the United States Congress appropriated $4 million for the Department of Energy to establish the Center ... Read More»

Readout of Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt’s Meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel

Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt returned to Israel and met today with Ambassador David Friedman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They discussed the means by which the humanitarian situation in Gaza can be alleviated, while maintaining Israel’s security. They further discussed the continued commitment of the Trump Administration ... Read More»

Readout of Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt’s Meeting with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

FOREIGN POLICY Issued on: June 20, 2018 Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt returned to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and met today with Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud. Building on previous conversations, they discussed increasing cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia, the need to ... Read More»

Making room for peace in the Middle East

By ShareAmerica – Jun 15, 2018 In a recent essay published in both Arab and Israeli news outlets, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt identified “an opportunity for peace at hand,” but also called upon Palestinian leadership to break with unhelpful rhetoric, false claims and violent actions that pose ... Read More»

Jason Greenblatt Op-Ed: The Palestinians Deserve So Much More Than Saeb Erekat

I write regarding Dr. Saeb Erekat’s outburst set forth in his op-ed  (“Partners in occupation: Trump provides the anti-Palestinian incitement, Israel the bullets,” May 17 ) in which he criticized the move of the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While I understand that Dr. Erekat is angry about President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, I thought it would be ... Read More»

U.S. Presidential Delegation for Jerusalem Embassy dedication ceremony arrived in Israel a short while ago. Welcome!

המשלחת הנשיאותית האמריקאית לטקס חנוכת השגרירות בירושלים נחתה לפני זמן קצר בישראל. ברוכים הבאים! U.S. Presidential Delegation for Jerusalem Embassy dedication ceremony arrived in Israel a short while ago. Welcome! Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Israel (May 10, 2018)

Location: Golan Heights Event: Due to the recent military action and regional tensions, until further notice, U.S. government employees are prohibited from personal travel to the Golan Heights. Actions to Take: · Carefully consider deferring travel to the Golan Heights until the situation stabilizes. · Visit the website of the Government of Israel’s Home Front ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Suspension of Public Non-Emergency Consular Services at U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem (May 9-15, 2018)

This a joint message from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem and the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. In preparation for the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14, 2018, the Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem (located at 14 David Flusser Street) is temporarily suspending all public ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Israel

Location: Golan Heights Event:  Due to the recent tensions in the region, until further notice, U.S. government employees are required to obtain advance approval if they wish to travel to the Golan Heights. Actions to Take: Consider carefully travel to the Golan Heights until the situation stabilizes. Visit the website of the  Government of Israel’s Home Front Command  for further emergency preparedness guidance. Maintain situational ... Read More»

President announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the State of Israel

President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the State of Israel to Attend the Opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel  Issued on: May 7, 2018 President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the State of Israel to attend the opening of the United States Embassy on May 14, ... Read More»

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF PUBLIC NON-EMERGENCY CONSULAR SERVICES AT U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL IN JERUSALEM

(MAY 9-15, 2018) This a joint message from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem and the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. In preparation for the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14, 2018, the Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem (located at 14 David Flusser Street) is temporarily ... Read More»

Remarks With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu After Their Meeting

PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Good afternoon. Secretary Pompeo, Mike, it’s wonderful to welcome you. This is your first visit to Israel as Secretary of State. I think it’s significant that you chose, as did the President, to include Israel on this important itinerary. I think it’s symbolic of our friendship, which is deep, and getting even deeper ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Travel to Brussels, Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Amman

For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON Add a translation in עברית April 26, 2018 Secretary Pompeo Travel to Brussels, Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Amman U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Brussels, Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Amman, April 26-30. The Secretary looks forward to meeting key Allies and partners on his first official trip as Secretary of State. ... Read More»

Save the Earth – Protect ‎Marine Species from Ocean Debris

U.S. Embassy promoted environmental awareness and combating plastic debris with U.S. expert Dr. Jenna Jambeck, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, University of Georgia‎. This Earth Day 2018 program was organized in cooperation with The Ruppin Academic Center, and brought together experts and 150 marine science college students. IIP speaker Dr. Jambeck focused on “Plastic Waste ... Read More»

State Department Releases Annual Human Rights Reports

By  Jonathan CollettKerri Spindler-Ranta  on April 20, 2018 Today, the State Department released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (Human Rights Reports). The Human Rights Reports document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories. They are required by U.S. law and are used by a variety of actors, ... Read More»

Memorial day יום הזכרון לחללי מערכות ישראל

ארה״ב עומדת לצד עם ישראל ומשתתפת בצער המשפחות השכולות, ביום הזכרון לחללי מערכות ישראל ונפגעי פעולות האיבה. יהי זכרם ברוך. The U.S. Stands by the people of Israel and the bereaved families in remembrance, on this Memorial day for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. May Their Memories be Blessed. David M. ... Read More»

Joined by Allies, President Trump Takes Action to End Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attacks

Apr 14, 2018 The devastating images that emerged from Douma, Syria, on April 7 reveal the unique and gruesome danger that chemical weapons pose to the world. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s latest attack on innocent civilians violated his regime’s obligations under international law, the Chemical Weapons Convention, and several United Nations Security Council Resolutions, including ... Read More»

Yom HaShoah: Honoring Holocaust Victims, Survivors, and Heroes

By  Thomas K Yazdgerdi Samuel D. Brownback  on April 11, 2018 The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. Each year, all across the United States, individuals and organizations host observances and remembrance activities for their communities during the  Week of Remembrance , which runs from the Sunday before  Holocaust Remembrance and Heroism Day  (Yom Hashoah) through the following ... Read More»

Women’s History Month

About Women’s History Month Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Welcomes U.S.-Israel Cooperation on Protection of Cultural Heritage

The U.S. Embassy and Ambassador David Friedman welcome the signing of a Joint Declaration of Cooperation Between the United States  Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad (CPAHA) and the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs on the preservation of certain cultural properties. Under the declaration of cooperation, the CPAHA and Ministry of Diaspora Affairs ... Read More»

Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East

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Interview With Margaret Brennan of CBS 60 Minutes

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To Save Gaza, Turn on the Lights

The Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip has long been a flashpoint for conflict. In April 2008, Palestinian suicide bombers drove three explosives-laden vehicles through the crossing, wounding 13 Israeli soldiers. In 2012, the checkpoint was attacked by masked gunmen attempting to infiltrate Israel after killing at least 15 Egyptian soldiers ... Read More»

Escalation of Violence Over Israel

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The first U.S. Ambassador to Israel, James McDonald

As part of the 70th anniversary to U.S.-Israel relations, the  American Center, Jerusalem  will hold a special FREE screening of the fascinating documentary about the first U.S. Ambassador to Israel, James McDonald whose role was pivotal in aiding Israel and shaping U.S.–Israeli friendship. McDonald was one of the first Americans to meet face to face with Hitler in ... Read More»

State Department Terrorist Designations of Ismail Haniyeh, Harakat al-Sabireen, Liwa al-Thawra, and Harakat Sawa’d Misr (HASM)

For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE January 31, 2018 The Department of State has designated Ismail Haniyeh, Harakat al-Sabireen, Liwa al Thawra, and Harakat Sawa’d Misr (HASM) as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. In announcing these designations, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson emphasized that “these designations target key ... Read More»

Remarks by Special Representative Jason Greenblatt at 2018 INSS Conference

Remarks As Delivered January 30, 2018 Good evening, and thank you for inviting me to join you. In Judaism, the word “peace” is found in the common greeting Shalom Aleichem. In the Muslim world, As-Salaam-Alaikum, or “peace be with you,” is similarly used. And yet, despite the similar emphasis and articulation of peace in their ... Read More»

The president’s State of the Union speech: Why it matters

By ShareAmerica  – Jan 26, 2018 Millions of people around the world are expected to tune in to catch President Trump’s State of the Union address on January 30. The speech to a joint session of Congress is an opportunity for the president to review the past year’s accomplishments and preview his agenda for the coming ... Read More»

Statement of Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt

Sunday, January 28, 2018 Today I toured the area surrounding the Gaza Strip and received a comprehensive security briefing. I am deeply angered by Hamas’ continued terror activity, including the digging of tunnels that facilitate terrorist activities. Such activities show Hamas’ continued exploitation of the people of Gaza and Hamas’ threats to stability and security ... Read More»

The Holocaust memorialized throughout the world

By Mark Trainer  – Jan 25, 2018 In the U.S, and other nations, memorials stand as continual reminders of the horror of the Holocaust and the importance of confronting the evils that brought it about. The United Nations designated January 27 — the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps — as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. “This is ... Read More»

Vice president’s wife attends Holocaust remembrance ceremony in Israel

In a ceremony in Jerusalem, Karen Pence, the wife of the vice president of the United States, honored two Israelis who are active in ensuring the world never forgets the horror of the Holocaust. The ceremony, in commemoration of  International Holocaust Remembrance Day , was held shortly after Vice President Pence’s January 22 speech at the Knesset, Israel’s legislative ... Read More»

SelectUSA Investment Summit in the Washington, DC area on June 20–22, 2018!

We’re thrilled to announce the fifth SelectUSA Investment Summit in the Washington, DC area on June 20–22, 2018! Check out the SelectUSA Investment Summit 2018 Flyer If you represent a business and you are considering opening or expanding operations, the SelectUSA Summit will help you find the answers you need more efficiently, saving you time and money. You’ll discover more about how, where, and ... Read More»

REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AND PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU OF ISRAEL IN JOINT PRESS STATEMENTS

Prime Minister’s Residence Jerusalem, Israel PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU:  Vice President Pence, Mike, Sara and I want to welcome, again, you and Karen to Jerusalem.  We’ve known each other for a good many years.  And from the day I met you, I knew you were a true friend. I remember vividly, one day in 2009, when ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence in Special Session of the Knesset

The Knesset Jerusalem, Israel VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: President Rivlin, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Speaker Edelstein, Leader Herzog, members of the Knesset, justices of the Supreme Court, citizens of Israel — (applause) — it is deeply humbling for me to stand before this vibrant democracy — (applause) — to have the great honor to address this Knesset, ... Read More»

Welcome to Israel, Vice President of the United States Mike Pence

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Students embrace the words of Martin Luther King Jr. [video]

By Mark Trainer Jan 11, 2018 Freedom of speech is a core American value.  Martin Luther King Jr.  used that freedom in his quest for racial equality in the United States. To honor King’s January 15 birthday, fifth-grade students at Watkins Elementary School in Washington go to the Lincoln Memorial each year to recreate King’s famous “I Have a Dream” ... Read More»

U.S. and Israeli companies join to build a better bike

by Mary Jane Maxwell Jan 5, 2018 Designers at a bike factory in Michigan are gaining a fresh perspective from wheel engineers in Israel. “Working with a new team to bring a new product to the table helps us see things differently,” said Zak Pashak, founder and president of Detroit Bikes. Pashak’s Detroit Bikes is working with ... Read More»

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous, meaningful and peaceful 2018

From  President Donald J. Trump ‘s historic visit, through the nomination of Ambassador David Friedman, the visit of  USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)  in Haifa, to the formal recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, this was our 2017. How do you think 2018 will look like? David M. Friedman‏Verified account @USAmbIsrael FollowingFollowing @USAmbIsrael Great year in review video released by the . @usembassyta Hope you all enjoy it and wishing everyone ... Read More»

Ambassador Haley: U.S. will not be told where to put embassy

Our Ambassador to the UN  Nikki Haley  explains to the Security Council why the U.S. has the sovereign right to place its embassy wherever it desires. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); ניקי היילי במועצת הביטחון על השגרירות בירושלים השגרירה שלנו באו"ם ניקי היילי מסבירה ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

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Statement by 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»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: December 5, 2017

With widespread calls for demonstrations beginning December 6 in Jerusalem and the West Bank, U.S. government employees and their family members are not permitted until further notice to conduct personal travel in Jerusalem’s Old City and in the West Bank, to include Bethlehem and Jericho. Official travel by U.S. government employees in Jerusalem’s Old City ... Read More»

Israel and the U.S. sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) allowing Israel to join USAID’s Power Africa Partnership

Israel and the U.S. sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) allowing Israel to join USAID’s Power Africa Partnership. The signing ceremony will be attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, U.S. Power Africa Coordinator Andrew Herscowitz, Ambassadors and representatives from several African nations, and other dignitaries. Power Africa Fact Sheet Press Release – MOU Announcement between Israel and Power Africa. <a class="account-group js-account-group ... Read More»

40th anniversary of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s

On November 28, at IDC Herzliya Charge d’Affaires Leslie Tsou delivered a greeting at a conference on Israel-Egypt relations that honored the 40th anniversary of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem. Sadat’s visit paved the way for the Camp David Accords, the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty that remains a durable framework for peace and ... Read More»

Thanksgiving turkey stops by the White House before going to college

By  Mary Jane Maxwell Nov 21, 2017 In accordance with a lighthearted  U.S. presidential tradition , this lucky turkey received a “pardon” from President Trump and will escape being the main course of an American Thanksgiving meal. “I’m pleased to report that, unlike millions of other turkeys at this time of the year, Drumstick has a very, very bright future ahead ... Read More»

Blue Flag 2017

Israelis, Americans, French, Greek, Polish, Italians, Germans, and Indians meet in the Israeli desert. It’s not a joke, it’s Exercise  #BlueFlag2017 , which came to a successful ending yesterday.  United States Air Force  participation in the exercise supports our nation’s commitment to Israel’s defense and supports Israel’s qualitative military edge. See you in two years. Shabbat shalom! Photos – ... Read More»

Ambassador David Friedman remarks at the Zionist Organization of America (as prepared)

November 12, 2017 Thank all of you so much for the warm greeting. There are so many people worth mentioning tonight that I could use up all of my allotted time doing nothing else. Between the guests of honor, the presenters and those in attendance, we truly have an all-star line-up which includes many of ... Read More»

Listen to this story: Daryl Davis

Listen to this story: Daryl Davis is an extraordinary African-American musician who played rock-n-roll with some of the greatest. But Daryl is not just a musician. He has a hobby: to befriend members of the KKK and other racist groups in the U.S. and… simply talk with them person to person. Throughout the years, many ... Read More»

Embassy building in pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ambassador David Friedman and his wife Tammy illuminated the Embassy building in pink today (Thursday) October 19, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in partnership with the Mariam Foundation and “One in Nine.” The Embassy will be illuminated in pink on the seaside promenade from tonight until Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 7 p.m. to ... Read More»

STATEMENT BY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS JASON GREENBLATT ON HAMAS-FATAH RECONCILIATION EFFORTS:

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office of the Embassy Spokesperson U.S. Embassy – Tel Aviv October 19, 2017 STATEMENT BY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS JASON GREENBLATT ON HAMAS-FATAH RECONCILIATION EFFORTS: All parties agree that it is essential that the Palestinian Authority be able to assume full, genuine, and unhindered civil and security responsibilities in Gaza ... Read More»

A New U.S. Strategy on Iran

President Donald Trump speaks on Iran policy from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, October 13, 2017, in Washington, DC. By  DipNote Bloggers  on October 13, 2017 On October 13, President Donald J. Trump announced a  new strategy  on Iran and outlined a number of steps the United States is taking to confront the Iranian regime’s hostile ... Read More»

Press Release: Ambassador Haley on the United States’ Withdrawal from UNESCO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In July, when UNESCO made its latest outrageous and politically based decision, designating the Old City of Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as part of Palestinian territory, the United States clearly stated that this decision would negatively affect our evaluation of our level of engagement with the organization. The United ... Read More»

I had the privilege, together with my son and grandson, to bless the Nation of Israel at the Western Wall.

David M. Friedman‏Verified account @USAmbIsrael    Oct 8 David M. Friedman Retweeted The Jerusalem Post Earlier today I had the privilege, together with my son and grandson, to bless the Nation of Israel at the Western Wall. The Jerusalem PostVerified account @Jerusalem_Post WATCH: US Ambassador sends holiday greeting to Jerusalem Post readers   Read More»

Remarks by Jason D. Greenblatt, Assistant to the President & Special Representative For International Negotiations, at the Ad Hoc Liaison Committe

Remarks by Jason D. Greenblatt, Assistant to the President & Special Representative For International Negotiations, at the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee Meeting September 18, 2017 New York City Good afternoon.  I want to express my appreciation to the United Nations for hosting us today.  My thanks also go to my friend, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge ... Read More»

President Trump Gives an Address to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

September 19, 2017 Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel Before Bilateral Meeting

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 2:02 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It’s great to have Prime Minister Netanyahu with us today, a friend of mine for many years.  And it’s a real honor, I have to say. We’re going to be discussing many things; ... Read More»

Sweet and Happy New Year to All!

Ambassador David Friedman and Mrs. Tammy Friedman hosted an interfaith Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year) reception at their residence. Among the distinguished guests were members of Knesset, prominent figures from the Israeli military, NGOs, think tanks, and heads of religious communities. The Ambassador wished a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to representatives of all ... Read More»

American Diplomats handle a couple of the dishes most-closely associated with the holiday

Ahead of Rosh Hashana, we decided to see how brave American Diplomats handle a couple of the dishes most-closely associated with the holiday: Gefilte fish and Regel Krusha (p’tcha). Their reactions you DON’T WANT TO MISS! Wishing the Israeli people and Jews around the world a happy holiday and Shana Tova U’Metuka! Read More»

Remembering the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

An estimated 500 people gathered at the KKL-JNF “Living Memorial” at the Jerusalem Hills this morning (Monday) September 11, 2017 for the U.S. Embassy’s official memorial ceremony for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which took 2,977 lives, including five Israelis. Remarks include U.S. Ambassador in Israel David Friedman, KKL-JNF CEO Amnon Ben-Ami, Opposition ... Read More»

LIVE BROADCAST: 9/11 Ceremony in Israel

כמו בכל שנה נתאסף באנדרטת התאומים שבהרי ירושלים לזכור את קורבנות פיגועי ה-11 בספטמבר 2001. הצטרפו לשידור החי מהטקס ביום שני ה-11 בספטמבר 2017, החל מהשעה 10:00 בבוקר כאן בדף הפייסבוק שלנו. שבת שלום As we do every year, this upcoming Monday we will gather at the 9-11 Living Memorial in the Jerusalem Hills to ... Read More»

Jason Greenblatt, toured Ziv Hospital in Tzfat, August 29, 2017

Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, toured Ziv Hospital in Tzfat where he met administrators, health care professionals and Syrian patients. He was extremely impressed by the Hospital’s quality of care and commitment to providing excellent health care to both the local population and the more than 1000 out of over 3500 Syrian refugees ... Read More»

Jason Greenblatt visited a mixed Arab and Jewish soccer club

The President’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt visited a mixed Arab and Jewish soccer club in Mevasseret Zion, which is the recipient of a US Embassy grant. He greeted the players, the club founders Ambassador Alon Liel and Abu Ghosh Mayor Issa Jabber, gave them hats and ‎commended them for their participation in ... Read More»

Readout of Meeting between Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, Dina Powell, and Ambassador Friedman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

On August 24, 2017, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman met in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and his senior advisors. The meeting continued the dialogue on advancing President ... Read More»

Visit of Vice Admiral Matt Winter, Director of the F35 Program in Israel, August 2017

The new Director for the F-35 Program, Vice Admiral Matt Winter visited Israel to tour Israeli Air Force facilities and industry locations relevant to the program. He flew an F16, met with Israeli pilots ‎and technical personnel and consulted with Israeli Air Force Officials. Vice Admiral Winter reaffirmed the importance of security cooperation to the ... Read More»

Change of command ceremony of the Israeli Air Force

Chief of Staff of the  United States Air ForceGen. David L. Goldfein landed in Israel today for a short visit to attend the change of command ceremony of the  Israeli Air Force . Gen. Goldfein also presented the Legion of Merit (degree of Commander) to outgoing IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel for “exceptionally meritorious conduct” and for his long-standing partnership with the U.S. ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Extension of Old City Jerusalem Restrictions for Consulate General Employees & Family Members

United States Consulate General Jerusalem July 31, 2017 Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Extension of Old City Jerusalem Restrictions for Consulate General Employees & Family Members While tensions in and around the Old City have decreased in the past several days, due to the continued potential for unrest, the restriction on U.S. government employees ... Read More»

Statement by Jason Greenblatt, Special Representative for International Negotiations on Today’s Events in Jerusalem

The United States welcomes the efforts undertaken to de-escalate tensions in Jerusalem today. We believe that calm and security will create the best opportunity to return to dialogue and the pursuit of peace. President Trump, Jared Kushner, and I, in full coordination with Secretary Rex Tillerson, Ambassador David Friedman, Consul General Don Blome and the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Welcomes U.S.-Israel Educational Foundation Law

Press Section U.S. Embassy, Tel Aviv July 27, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Embassy Welcomes U.S.-Israel Educational Foundation Law The U.S. Embassy and Ambassador David Friedman welcome the passing of the “United States – Israel Educational Foundation Law, 5776-2016” in its second and third readings in the Knesset on Monday. The law codifies the official ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Continuing Potential for Violence and Unrest in and Around Old City Jerusalem

United States Consulate General Jerusalem July 24, 2017   Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Continuing Potential for Violence and Unrest in and Around Old City Jerusalem  Due to ongoing tensions and the potential for clashes in and around the Old City, the restriction on U.S. government employees and their family members from entering the ... Read More»

Quartet Envoys’ Joint Press Statement – July 22, 2017

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 22, 2017 The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations are deeply concerned by the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. They strongly condemn ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Potential for Violence and Unrest in and Around Old City Jerusalem

United States Consulate General Jerusalem July 17, 2017  Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Potential for Violence and Unrest in and Around Old City Jerusalem Based on continued tensions and the potential for clashes in the Old City, the restriction on U.S. government employees and their family members from entering the Old City is extended ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Terror Attack in Jerusalem

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 2017 Statement from the Press Secretary on the Terror Attack in Jerusalem Yesterday, the Holy City of Jerusalem – which means “City of Peace” – became a scene of terror.  The people of the United States are heartbroken that terrorists brutally gunned ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Continued Potential for Violence and Unrest in and Around Old City Jerusalem

United States Consulate General Jerusalem July 15, 2017 Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Continued Potential for Violence and Unrest in and Around Old City Jerusalem Based on continued tensions and the potential for clashes in the Old City, the restriction of U.S. government employees and their family members from entering the Old City is ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Potential for Violence and Unrest in and Around Old City Jerusalem

United States Consulate General Jerusalem July 14, 2017 Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Potential for Violence and Unrest in and Around Old City Jerusalem Due to a major security incident that occurred in the vicinity of the Lion’s Gate of the Old City, U.S. government employees and their family members are restricted from entering ... Read More»

Quartet Envoys’ Joint Press Statement July 13, 2017

Jerusalem – On July 13, the Envoys of the Middle East Quartet met in Jerusalem to discuss current efforts to advance Middle East peace, as well as the deteriorating situation in Gaza. The Envoys expressed serious concern over the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and discussed current efforts to resolve the crisis. The Envoys from ... Read More»

Israeli and Palestinian Basketball Coaches

Readout of US Special Representative for International Negotiations Greenblatt, Ambassador Friedman, and Consul General Blome’s July 11 Event with Israeli and Palestinian Basketball Coaches President Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, accompanied by Ambassador David Friedman and Consul General Donald Blome, met today with Palestinian and Israeli basketball coaches preparing to depart for ... Read More»

JGreenblatt Statement on Electricity Agreement between Israel and PA

Trump Administration Welcomes Progress on Electricity Agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority The Trump administration welcomes the agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to energize the Jenin substation an important step in the implementation of the bilateral electricity deal concluded in September 2016.  This agreement will enable the Palestinian Authority to ... Read More»

Statement Following US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt

Statement Following US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt July 10 meeting the families of the Israelis believed missing in Gaza President Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, met this evening with the families of Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed to discuss the fate of their loved ones held in Gaza by ... Read More»

U.S.-Israel Cyber Working Group At Israel Cyber Week 2017

press release First Meeting of U.S.-Israel Cyber Working Group At Israel Cyber Week 2017, Mr. Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, announced new levels of cooperation on Cybersecurity with Israel.  Mr. Rob Joyce, the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, and Dr. Eviatar Matania, Director General of the Israel Cyber Directorate, Prime ... Read More»

Iftar Gathering event June 2017

The Annual Iftar Gathering at the U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Residence On June 22nd Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Leslie Tsou hosted the U.S. Embassy’s annual shared society and interfaith Iftar gathering. Joined by Ambassador David Freidman, DCM Tsou welcomed leaders from all faiths and diverse Arab and Jewish communities, Israelis and Palestinians, ... Read More»

READOUT OF JARED KUSHNER, JASON GREENBLATT, AND DAVID FRIEDMAN’S MEETING WITH PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU OF ISRAEL, JUNE 21, 2017

Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman met today in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and his senior advisors. The meeting was productive and the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to advancing ... Read More»

Ambassador David Friedman spoke at the Israel Museum

On June 6, 2017, Ambassador David Friedman addressed the Israel Museum’s International Council and gave an overview of what he called the “extraordinary depth and breadth of the relationship between the United States and Israel.”  The Ambassador highlighted the close security cooperation and strong economic ties between the U.S. and Israel as well as the ... Read More»

President Trump’s Ramadan message

President Donald J. Trump wished all Muslims “a joyful Ramadan” upon the start of the Muslim holy month. “During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our communities,” President Trump said in a May 26 statement . “At its core, the ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace

PRAYER FOR PEACE, MEMORIAL DAY, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Memorial Day is our Nation’s solemn reminder that freedom is never free.  It is a moment of collective reflection on the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last measure of ... Read More»

President Trump in Israel

May 23, 2017 Remarks by President Trump at the Israel Museum   May 23, 2017 Remarks by President Trump at Yad Vashem May 23, 2017 Remarks by President Trump and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in Joint Statements President Trump Remarks at Arrival Ceremony President Trump Gives Remarks with President Rivlin On Monday, May 22, President Trump arrived in Israel and was welcomed by President Rivlin of Israel. Shortly after arriving, President Trump and President Rivlin delivered remarks. President Rivlin proclaimed, “we are happy to see, America is back in the area, America is back again.” President Trump Gives Remarks with Prime Minister Netanyahu   ... Read More»

Trump Administration Welcomes Israel Steps to Improve the Palestinian Economy

As the President has expressed many times, he is personally committed to doing everything he can to achieve a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.  He has been encouraging both sides to take steps that improve the environment for peace making.  He has expressed particular interest in taking steps to improve the Palestinian economy in the West ... Read More»

U.S. – Israel relations: Stronger than ever!

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Remarks by Ambassador David M. Friedman at his Credentialing Ceremony May 16, 2017, Jerusalem

Mr. President, Thank you so much for your warm wishes and for graciously accepting my credentials this morning. As someone who fought in the Six-Day War and whose parents translated the Quran from Arabic into Hebrew, you follow in the footsteps of our original warrior-poet, King David. And, as a seventh generation yerushalmi, you continue ... Read More»

Remarks by Jason D. Greenblatt at the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting

May 4, 2017, Brussels Good afternoon. I want to begin by expressing my thanks to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini for hosting us here today.  I am grateful, as well, to Norwegian Foreign Minister Brende for chairing this meeting.  And I’m glad to see Palestinian Authority Minister of Finance Shukry Bishara and Israel’s Minister of ... Read More»

Jewish American Heritage Month, 2017

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 2017 as Jewish American Heritage Month By the President of the United States of America During Jewish American Heritage Month, we celebrate our Nation’s strong American Jewish heritage, rooted in the ancient faith and traditions of the Jewish people.  The small band of Dutch Jews who first immigrated in ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 2017 as Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month, 2017 – – – – – – – By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation During Jewish American Heritage Month, we celebrate our Nation’s strong American Jewish heritage, rooted in the ancient faith and traditions of the Jewish people.  The small band of Dutch Jews who first ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence at an Israel Independence Day Commemoration Event

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By DipNote Bloggers on April 28, 2017 When President Donald J. Trump addressed a joint session of Congress in February, he shared a vision for U.S. global leadership affirming that “our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust, and meaningful engagement with the world. It is American leadership based on vital security interests that we share with our ... Read More»

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis

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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016

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Joint Readout United States-Israeli Consultations March 20-23, 2017

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Special Representative for International Negotiations Greenblatt Meets with Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land

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March 16, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Joint readout of PM Netanyahu and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt March 16 Meeting The Prime Minister and Mr. Greenblatt met today for another positive discussion regarding the shared interest of the United States and Israel in advancing a genuine and lasting peace between Israel and the ... Read More»

President Rivlin Meets With President Trump’s Special Representative Jason Greenblatt

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Joint Statement by U.S. Special Representative Greenblatt and Prime Minister Netanyahu following their meeting.

The Prime Minister met tonight in Jerusalem for over five hours with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations. They reaffirmed the joint commitment of both Israel and the United States to advance a genuine and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians that strengthens the security of Israel and ... Read More»

FIRST Finals: Lego League and Tech Challenge 2017

The U.S. Embassy was pleased to support students participating in FIRST Lego League, FIRST Lego League Junior, and FIRST Tech Challenge, March 1-2, 2017, in Tel Aviv. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Israel is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring youth to pursue learning and careers in engineering, science, and technology. ... Read More»

Georgia Special Election Scheduled for April 18

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White House statement on settlements

February 02, 2017 “The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years. While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that ... Read More»

Message from U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv Consular Section

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Presidential Executive Order

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Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will serve as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Vice President Pence administered the oath of office to Haley on January 25. The U.S. Senate voted 96-4 the previous night in favor of her nomination. Haley, the daughter of immigrants from India, was the first female governor ... Read More»

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The U.S. Diplomacy Center’s (USDC) goal is to demonstrate the ways in which diplomacy matters now and has mattered throughout American history.  Diplomacy and the work of our diplomats in over 250 embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic missions are vital to our nation’s power, image, and ability to advance its interests around the globe. One ... Read More»

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December 6, 2016, New York As Prepared for Delivery  Good evening. And thank you for that generous introduction—and for this most generous honor. I also want to thank you on behalf of President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary of State Kerry, and the entire National Security team. I am here tonight largely for the ... Read More»

November 29, 2016 – Remarks by former U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at the Sderot Social Conference (as delivered)

Sapir Academic College Introduction Good afternoon.  It is an honor to address you on the anniversary of Kaf-Tet B’November, 1947. I think I will leave it to the acclaimed historians you will hear from later today to analyze what happened that day, how we got there and what happened afterwards. I would like to use ... Read More»

former Ambassador Shapiro trip to Dimona began at Mayor’s Benny Biton’s

Ambassador Shapiro trip to Dimona began at Mayor’s Benny Biton’s office together with all municipal leaders. The Ambassador then visited Appelman School and was welcomed by Chief Rabbi of Dimona Yitzhak Elefant, Rabbi Aaron Moshe Shukrun‎, Principal Vered Sabo and proceeded to field questions from the students. Ambassador Shapiro moved on to tour Brenmiller Energy ... Read More»

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Sixteen post-doctoral grants will be awarded to outstanding postdoctoral scholars who are planning to begin a program of research during the 2017/2018 academic year at an accredited university or non-profit research institute in the United States. The amount of the award is $37,500 for a period of nine to twelve months. More:  Fulbright post-doctoral fellowships in the U.S. for 2017/18 Read More»

Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro Address to the 2016 Ministry of Finance Budget

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The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is pleased to announce the open competition for the 2017-18 Global UGRAD Exchange Program

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Former Ambassador Dan Shapiro visited Baka Algharbeyyeh

This week Ambassador Dan Shapiro visited Baka Algharbeyyeh, Qalanswa and Taibeh in the part of central Israel known as ‘the Triangle’. The highlights included visiting the Al Qasemi College for Engineering and Sciences, meeting with alumni of our The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and Youth Exchange and Study Program -Israel Arab Community programs, health professionals and families participating in a USG-funded project with Beit Issie Shapiro , touring the city of Taibeh and doing ... Read More»

Sukkot with Former US Ambassador Dan Shapiro

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October 5, 2016 – U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv Message for U.S. Citizens

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, enacted December 4, 2015, prohibits the Department of State from issuing a passport to those persons certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as having a seriously delinquent tax debt, and allows the Department to revoke passports previously issued to these individuals. In addition, the FAST Act permits ... Read More»

October 6, 2016 – Remarks by Former Ambassador Dan Shapiro at The AACI Memorial Ceremony

[As prepared] I would like to begin by thanking the National Memorial Committee of the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel for organizing this very significant and important ceremony.  Thank you Donna Grushka and Rabbi Karzen for your tireless and dedicated work in helping us remember the fallen. Sadly, this year there are 13 ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Jerusalem Light Rail Recommendation

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TERRORIST ATTACK IN JERUSALEM

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem

Beginning the evening of September 27, Israeli Security Forces have deployed roadblocks with additional security checks in and around Jerusalem following an alert.  Expect traffic delays and congestion.  Please exercise caution. The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens to avoid areas where there is a heavy police presence, as this is often an indicator of ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Update to Jerusalem Old City Advisory

A recent uptick in stabbing attacks in and around the Old City of Jerusalem has led the U.S. Consulate General to recommend that all U.S. government employees and their family members avoid the Damascus, Herod’s, and Lions gates and the surrounding vicinity.  This restriction may be lifted at the end of October based on the ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel to the Golan Heights

Due to multiple mortar rounds launched from Syria and landing in the northern Golan Heights in recent days, we urge U.S. citizens to carefully consider and possibly defer travel to that area until the situation stabilizes.  The United States Embassy in Tel Aviv continues to closely monitor the security situation and advises U.S. citizens to ... Read More»

U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding

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September 11, 2016 – Remarks by Former Ambassador Dan Shapiro at The Institute for Counterterrorism 16th World Summit

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September 11, 2016 – Remarks of Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro 9/11 Memorial Ceremony (as prepared)

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Remembering September 11, 2001

This upcoming Sunday we will gather for the official Embassy commemoration, in partnership with KKL/  Jewish National Fund – JNF , marking 15 years to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. This year we will broadcast the ceremony LIVE on our Facebook page starting at 10 a.m. (Israel time) from the 9/11 Living Memorial site in the Jerusalem Hills. Join us for ... Read More»

INVITATION: Ethiopian-Israeli “tech-preneurs” to pitch new start-ups to investors at U.S. Embassy gala event

On September 7, 2016, graduates of the US Embassy’s MEPI program, in partnership with Israeli NGO Tech-Career, an incubator dedicated to supporting Ethiopian-Israeli tech entrepreneurs, will pitch the new start-up ideas they developed during the project during a special U.S. Embassy event. The developers will present their innovations in front leading Israeli hi-tech experts and ... Read More»

Talking “dugri”: Former Ambassador Shapiro meets Israeli beit midrash youth in Beit Shamesh

On Thursday, September 1, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, met with a hundred teenagers from Beit Shemesh as a part of the school-year opening event, “Israeli Youth Beit Midrash” in Ramat Beit Shemesh. Ambassador Shapiro shared his personal and professional experiences as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, and as an advisor to President Obama in the White House. ... Read More»

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon visited southern Israel

On August 29, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon visited southern Israel. He stopped at the Kerem Shalom crossing point to see how goods enter and leave the Gaza Strip, was briefed on and toured a Hamas tunnel that had been discovered by the IDF, and met with local residents from ... Read More»

Embassy Tel Aviv invites artists to submit proposals

Description: The U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv invites artists to submit proposals for an approximately  5 by  3 meter  mural ( see attachment for exact dimensions of available space) to be installed at the entrance of the American Center Jerusalem, Keren Hayesod 19, which has served as the Embassy’s premier cultural center since 1968 in this same location.  ... Read More»

LGBT Pride Mission to Israel

An amazing night hosting the Jewish Federations of North America LGBT Pride Mission to Israel. We were honored to be joined by Mission organizer Stuart Kurlander, Congresswoman Ileana Ris-Lehtinen of Florida, Member of Knesset Michal Rozin, and hundreds of Americans and Israelis united in our commitment to equal rights and acceptance of LGBT people, and ... Read More»

Former Ambassador Dan Shapiro visit to the upper Galilee April 20, 2016

Ambassador Dan Shapiro visited on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the Upper Galilee, where he learned about the region’s economic development strategy – to become a center of medical food, agriculture technology, and biotechnology. The Ambassador began the day at Tel Hai College, where he met a group of impressive students from every sector and region ... Read More»

VOTING IN 2016 U.S. ELECTIONS

Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for the House and Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Maintain Heightened Personal Situational Awareness

During the last few months, and in particular over the past several days, there have been a number of attacks in Israel, Jerusalem, and the West Bank that have resulted in injury and death to multiple individuals, including to U.S. citizens.  Given these recent events and the continuing dynamic security environment in these areas, the ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Defer Travel to Bethlehem and surrounding communities

The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem advises U.S. citizens to defer travel to Bethlehem and surrounding communities until further notice due to ongoing clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian residents, and security incidents in and around Bethlehem. The Consulate General recommends U.S. citizens review the Department of State’s Travel Warning for Israel, the West ... Read More»

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program – 2015

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, which is sponsored by the  U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs  and is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), seeks to improve mutual understanding among teachers, their schools and communities in the U.S. and abroad. This program allows teachers to go abroad for three to six months to take classes at an ... Read More»

Joint U.S.-Israeli Statement: Visit by FAA Administrator in Israel

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Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro’s Remarks at the 240th Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Tel Aviv

On behalf of the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv, my wife Julie, and the entire State Department, I am again honored to offer congratulations to the United States Marine Corps—this year on its 240th birthday. Major General Eshel, Colonel Gregory Gillette, Mrs. Gillette, former Marine and Deputy Undersecretary in the Department of Homeland Security ... Read More»

Former Ambassador Shapiro’s Welcome Remarks at the Ruderman Conference for Israel-American Jewish Relations

Thank you Dany Cushmaro; thank you to Jay and Shira Ruderman and the Ruderman Family Foundation; and also thank you to Shimon Peres.  Everything that could possibly have been said about Shimon Peres has already been said, perhaps many times over.  I consider it a personal and professional blessing to have been able to spend ... Read More»

Former Ambassador Shapiro’s Remarks at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference

Thank you and good afternoon. I would first like to express my appreciation to Steve Linde—and to the entire management team, as well as the reporters and staff of this venerated newspaper for inviting me once again to address the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference.  I am honored to join so many distinguished panelists and speakers, ... Read More»

Remarks of Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at the 9th Annual Israel Journalists Association Conference

Hello everyone, and good morning. I’m happy to be here, and thank the organizers of the conference, especially Yossi Bar Moche and Shalom Keitel, who made sure I got here today, to the 9th annual Israel Journalists Association Conferenc The media is the foundation of democracy in the United States, and in any other democratic country ... Read More»

Former Ambassador Shapiro’s Remarks at the Rabin Center’s Reception Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

Dalia and Yuval Rabin and their families; former President Clinton; and the many distinguished guests: On behalf of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, and on behalf of all Americans, I am honored to be with you tonight and to offer a few words as part of this ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Additional Security Recommendations for Jerusalem and Old City

This is in addition to the Security Messages issued on October 13 & 15, 2015, the recommended restrictions of which remain in effect except as noted below. The U.S. Consulate has prohibited U.S. government employees and their dependents from using the Jerusalem Light Rail north of the City Hall stop along Jaffa Road. U.S. government ... Read More»

Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro’s Address at the American Center Jerusalem Grand Reopening

On behalf of the entire American Embassy in Israel, I want to welcome everyone and thank you for joining us tonight. Before I begin my brief remarks, let me first make a statement. It is a statement of solidarity; it is a statement of support; and it is a statement of commitment. When I spoke ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Potential for Violence in Old City Jerusalem on Friday, October 16

This is in addition to the Security Message issued on October 13, 2015 , the recommended restrictions of which remain in effect. The U.S. Consulate has declared the Old City to be off limits to all U.S. government employees on Friday, October 16. This restriction will be lifted at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, October 17. We recommend that private U.S. citizens take into ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Continued Potential for Violence and Unrest in and Around Jerusalem and the West Bank

The U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem advises U.S. citizens to exercise heightened security awareness in East and West Jerusalem, the Old City and the West Bank due to an increase in political violence and unrest that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries since early October. The potential for additional violence throughout this area remains high. ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Potential for Violence and Unrest in and Around Jerusalem Old City

Due to heightened security conditions and the potential for violence in the Old City, U.S. government employees are restricted from entering the Old City from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. through Tuesday, October 13 without prior approval from the U.S. Consulate.  U.S. government employees are permitted to be in the Old City outside these hours.  ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Potential for Violence and Unrest in and Around Jerusalem Old City

Due to heightened security conditions and the potential for violence in the Old City, U.S. government employees are restricted from entering the Old City from Sunday, October 4 through Tuesday, October 6 without prior approval from the U.S. Consulate.  Similarly, U.S. government employees are restricted from the West Bank for other than Mission-critical business, subject ... Read More»

Former Ambassador’s Remarks at a Sukkot Reception in Honor of Special Olympics Israel

Welcome and chag sameach to all. It is a distinct honor for Julie and me to be hosting the athletes of the Israeli Special Olympics team, along with your families and coaches today in our Sukkah.  I met many of you at the Embassy before your departure to the United States, and it is wonderful ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Unrest in and Around Jerusalem Old City

Recent clashes in East Jerusalem and around the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound amidst calls for a “day of rage” mark an increase in tensions in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. Age restrictions have also been put in place for today’s prayers at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound which creates the potential for demonstrations ... Read More»

Former Ambassador’s Remarks at the U.S. Embassy 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

  Ambassador Dore Gold; MK Dr. Anat Berko; Our new U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, my colleague Don Blome; Mr. Efi Stenzler, KKL-JNF World Chairman; Dean of the diplomatic corps Ambassador Etoundi Essomba and Ambassadors; Family members of the victims of 9/11; First responders and all those who help victims of terror; Distinguished guests; Ladies ... Read More»