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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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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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

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

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U.S. and IDF begin Exercise Juniper Falcon 21

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Israel-Lebanon Maritime Negotiations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Press Statement

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

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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 …

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Marking of Country of Origin

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

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Identifying Organizations Engaged in Anti-Semitic BDS Activities

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

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Furthering Our Relationship with Israel

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

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

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

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

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

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Wrongful Detention by the Houthis of Levi Salem Musa Marhabi

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

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

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

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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 …

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Former Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams

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

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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 …

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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] …

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U.S. Citizens Born in Jerusalem

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

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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 …

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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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 …

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

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

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Historic Agreement Between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain

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

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Joint Statement of the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain,and the State of Israel

President Donald J. Trump, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel spoke today and agreed to the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain. This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East. …

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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 …

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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 …

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Economic Normalization between Kosovo and Serbia

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

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

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

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

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

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Historic Day for Peace in the Middle East

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

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

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

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U.S. Government Response to the Explosion in Beirut

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

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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) …

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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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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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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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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, …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 23, 2018 In May, the United States plans to open a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The opening will coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. The Embassy will initially be located in the Arnona neighborhood, in a modern building that now houses consular operations of U.S. Consulate …

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Escalation of Violence Over Israel

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 10, 2018 The United States is deeply concerned about today’s escalation of violence over Israel’s border and strongly supports Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself. Iran’s calculated escalation of threat and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the‎ region …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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