Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief

Israel has forged close bilateral cooperation with the United States in many areas. U.S. law requires the executive branch to take certain actions to preserve Israel’s “qualitative military edge,” or QME, and expedites aid and arms sales to Israel in various ways. Additionally, a 10- year bilateral military aid memorandum of understanding—signed in 2016—commits the… Continue Reading Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief

Israel: New Prime Minister and U.S. Relations

New prime minister and an end to Netanyahu’s rule. A group of disparate parties from across the political spectrum agreed in June 2021 to form a power-sharing government to replace long serving Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is being tried in an Israeli court on corruption charges. On June 13, the Knesset (Israel’s unicameral parliament)… Continue Reading Israel: New Prime Minister and U.S. Relations

Israel: May 2021 Violence and U.S. Relations

The following matters are of particular significance to U.S.-Israel relations, and are discussed here. * Violence and unrest over Gaza and Jerusalem. * Domestic issues: An end to or continuation of Netanyahu’s rule? * Palestinians and Arab state normalization * Iran and other regional issues. * China: Investments in Israel and U.S. concerns. Learn more… Continue Reading Israel: May 2021 Violence and U.S. Relations

US Foreign Aid to Israel

This report provides an overview of U.S. foreign assistance to Israel. It includes a review of past aid programs, data on annual assistance, and analysis of current issues. Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $142.3 billion (current, or noninflation-adjusted,… Continue Reading US Foreign Aid to Israel