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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fulbright exchanges honor excellence!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel Jerusalem, Ramallah,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Calls with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

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

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

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

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Pentagon Press Secretary Conducts On-Camera Press Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Palestinian Authority President Abbas

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

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

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

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

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Regarding the Situation in Jerusalem

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

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Violence in Jerusalem

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

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A Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month, 2021

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

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World Press Freedom Day

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

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Statement by President Joe Biden on the Occasion of Orthodox Easter

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

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

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Statement from President Joe Biden on the Tragedy in Israel

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

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

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

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Armenian Remembrance Day

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

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A Statement by U.S. Embassy Jerusalem:

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

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Earth Day 2021

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

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

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

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Israel’s National Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken Delivers Remarks for 2021 Days of Remembrance Commemoration

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

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

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

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The United States Restores Assistance for the Palestinians

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

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

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Trans-Atlantic Webinar Features Educators on the Holocaust 

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

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2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The United States Opposes the ICC Investigation into the Palestinian Situation

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

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Women in politics: A timeline

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

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A Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2021

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

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

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

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

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The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Access MBA Online Tour – Israel, November 17th 

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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) …

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Unalienable Rights and the Securing of Freedom

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

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Trafficking in Persons Report 2020

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

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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  🌊

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10 Designers WANTED!  Apply Now!  

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

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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 …

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

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

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Former Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Israel

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

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

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Remarks by Former President Trump in State of the Union Address

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

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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 …

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Remarks by Former Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Netanyahu of the State of Israel After Bilateral Meeting | Jerusalem, Israel

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel 8:19 P.M. IST VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, thank you all for being here, and it is my great privilege to be on my second visit to Israel as Vice President of the United States.  But to have the honor to welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu to the American Embassy here in …

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Remarks by Former Vice President Pence at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum | Jerusalem, Israel

Yad Vashem Jerusalem, Israel 3:24 P.M. IST VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  President Rivlin, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Your Majesties, Presidents, Excellencies, honored survivors and distinguished guests: It is deeply humbling for me to stand before you today, on behalf of the American people, as we mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. On this occasion, …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Interview With Former Secretary Pompeo – JANUARY 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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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 …

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Former Secretary Pompeo Comments on Israeli Civilian Settlement Activity

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

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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   

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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 …

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

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

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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!

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Presidential Message on Yom Kippur, 2019

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

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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

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

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

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

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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 …

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Former Presidential Message on Ramadan, 2019

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

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

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

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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“Hand in Hand” school supported by USAID

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

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

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

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

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

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Former Ambassador Friedman Visits Beit Jimal Monastery

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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Former Presidential Message on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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

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Former Secretary Pompeo in the Middle East

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

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

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Former Presidential Message on Hanukkah

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

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

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

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

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

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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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 …

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SHOOTING SYNAGOGUE

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 …

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Former Ambassador Friedman’s Remarks at the JFNA General Assembly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Former 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

  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. 12:59 AM – 22 Jul 2018

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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 …

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Former 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 …

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