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Senate Hearing to end Palestinian ‘Pay for Slay’ begins Wednesday, Democrats stand opposed

The bill, named after the slaughtered American, Taylor Force, to be discussed in the US Senate would cut aid to the Palestinian Authority should it continue paying huge monthly stipends to jailed terrorists or deceased terrorists’ families, but the Democrats stand opposed.



WASHINGTON – The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold its first hearing this week on a bill that would cut aid to the Palestinian Authority if it continues to pay stipends to terrorists and to the families of deceased terrorists.

The bill, titled the Taylor Force Act, was introduced by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and has earned mostly Republican support. Continue Reading »

READ: Senate letter demanding end to UN’s ‘anti-Israel agenda’ unanimously signed


All 100 US Senators send a potent message to the U.N. secretary general, accuse the U.N. of failing to live up to its original mission and unfairly targeting Israel, siting, “… Continued targeting of Israel by the U.N. Human Rights Council and other U.N. entities is unacceptable. This situation must change.”

By Israel Hayom Staff


The United States Senate sent a letter, signed by all 100 senators, to the secretary general of the United Nations on Thursday, demanding an end to the world body’s “anti-Israel agenda.”

The letter (below), obtained by The Washington Post, asked that Secretary General Antonio Guterres “ensure that Israel is treated neither better nor worse than any other U.N. Continue Reading »

US Senate confirms Trump’s lawyer, David Friedman to be next Ambassador to Israel


Friedman who was confirmed along party lines is known for his inflammatory language against those with whom he had political disagreements, such as describing former President Obama an anti-Semite.

By Reuters


The US Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer aligned with the Israeli right.

The vote was 52 to 46, almost exclusively along party lines.

Only two Democrats, Senators Robert Menendez and Joe Manchin, joined Trump’s fellow Republicans in backing Friedman.

David Friedman and Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan – Photo: Trump Campaign in Israel

That amount of opposition is highly unusual for a nominee for US ambassador to Israel, a close ally of the United States. Continue Reading »

U.S. lawmakers write UNESCO to not revise Jerusalem’s history

Ted Cruz and Ros-Lehtinen lead a bipartisan congressional effort urging UNESCO to reject latest Palestinian inspired resolution describing the Temple Mount and Western Wall as strictly a holy Muslim site.

By Ben Ariel


U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) are leading a bipartisan effort to stop the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from passing a resolution that would describe the Temple Mount and the Western Wall as holy Muslim sites, thus diminishing the historic and verified Jewish and Christian ties to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) - Facebook

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Rep.

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Senators send Obama message: Continue vetoing anti-Israel UNSC resolutions


88 Senators from both parties follow the 394 members of the House of Representatives urging Obama in a bipartisan letter to maintain the United States’ policy of vetoing all one-sided, Palestinian inspired UN Security Council resolutions on the Israeli-PA issue.

By Elad Benari


A group of 88 senators on Monday signed a bipartisan letter urging President Barack Obama to maintain the long-standing U.S. policy of vetoing any one-sided United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian Arab issue.

The letter, initiated by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mike Rounds (R-SD), cites Obama’s 2011 General Assembly address in which he said, “Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations.”

“As you prepare to attend the United Nations General Assembly, we write to address the issue of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations,” the senators wrote in the letter. Continue Reading »

83 Senators Send Obama Letter to Enrich ‘Support & Help Israel Defend Itself’


In an initiative led by Rep. Lindsey Graham & Dem. Chris Coons, 83 signatories (of 100) that did not include Sen Bernie Sanders, called upon Obama to ‘support & help provide Israel the resources it requires to defend itself.’

By Reuters


More than four-fifths of the US Senate have signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to quickly reach an agreement on a new defense aid package for Israel worth more than the current $3 billion per year.

Majority of Senate pushes Obama to boost Israel aid.

Eighty-three of the 100 senators signed the letter, led by Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chris Coons. Continue Reading »

Senate allocates $350 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense

VP Joe Biden said that since Obama became president, the U.S. has transferred Israel $17 billion in military defense aid. The U.S. allocates $3 billion in aid annually.

By Yoni Hirsch


The U.S. Senate approved the 2015 defense budget on Friday, which includes $350 million in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-rocket system.

Israel’s Iron Dome anti-rocket system will receive $350 million in aid from the U.S. in 2015 [Archive] – Photo: AP

The budget was passed with 89 votes in favor and only 11 opposed. Beyond the financing for Iron Dome, the new defense budget includes $64 billion in funding for military operations outside of the U.S., of which $5 billion are to go to the fight against the Islamic State group. Continue Reading »

Israel attains ‘major strategic partner’ status by U.S. Senate



The long-stalled bill declaring Israel “major strategic partner” of the US, enhances Israel’s trade status to expedite export licensing, increases cooperation on energy, water engineering, research & development.



NEW YORK – An omnibus bill full of measures improving the relationship between Israel and the United States has passed the US Senate, after delay since May.

US Capitol

The US Capitol building in Washington. – Photo: REUTERS

The bill declares Israel a “major strategic partner” of the US, enhances Israel’s trade status to expedite export licensing, increases cooperation on energy, water engineering, research and development, and expands authority for forward-deployed US weapons stockpiles in the Jewish state. Continue Reading »

Israeli Knesset Member Questions & Condemns Absurdity of American Flight Ban

Sudden lifting of FAA flight ban after U.S. Senator Cruz asks pertinent questions suggests nefarious motives

By Israel Today Staff




Late Tuesday, America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) placed a ban on all flights to Israel after a rocket fired from Gaza landed about a mile from Ben Gurion Airport. The European Union quickly followed suit, and air traffic to the Jewish state took a sudden and devastating dive.

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Delta Airlines’ flagship, the Boeing 777-200LR. – Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

Israeli Member of Knesset Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) pointed out the absurdity of the flight ban in a post to her Facebook profile:

“The American government has halted flights from the US to Israel because a Palestinian rocket from Gaza landed [in a town near the airport].

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U.S. Senate unanimously approves resolution supporting Israel on ‘Operation Protective Edge’

The resolution had 78 bipartisan co-sponsors & was introduced by Senators  Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), &  Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)

The House passed a similar resolution on July 11.



WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a non-binding resolution in support of Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.


U.S. Congress. – Photo: Reuters

The resolution, which had 78 bipartisan sponsors, passed late Thursday by unanimous consent, a week after it was introduced by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).

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US Senate Allocates Double White House Proposal for Israel’s Iron Dome


The allocation is double what the Obama administration requested; ‘it works,’ says Senate chairman of the subcommittee.

By i24news



Israel has every right to be proud of the Iron Dome missile defense system and the US Senate on Tuesday reinforced its feeling. The Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee backed the Israeli Government request for $621.6 million in 2015 for Israeli missile defense programs in general, including $351 million allocated specifically for Iron Dome.

Iron Dome – Israel Air Force – Photo: Nehemia Gershuni

“It works,” Senator Dick Durbin, chairman of the subcommittee, said.

“For decades, Defense Department technologies have revolutionized the world.

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U.S. senators question additional aid to Israel as Jerusalem cuts its military budget

The U.S. allocates $3.1 billion in military projects a year for Israel, not including special assistance for specific programs like the Iron Dome.



The debate over the size of the Israeli defense budget has reached the U.S. Senate too. In a committee session held at the beginning of June, senators raised, for the first time, the question of whether the United States needs to continue granting such a large amount of military aid to Israel.

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An Iron Dome missile responding to a rocket launch from the Gaza Strip.
Senators debate $175 million in aid for missile defense system.- Photo: AFP

The United States gives Israel $3.1 billion in military aid a year, which is used for buying American-produced military equipment.

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Despite serious budget cuts US senators see defense aid to Israel good for US

Senate Armed Services C’tee members say Washington’s grants to Israel unlikely to decrease, after current 10-year package expires in 2017.



JERUSALEM – The United States will continue providing Israel with defense aid after a current package worth some $3 billion a year expires in 2017, and the grants are unlikely to wane despite Washington belt-tightening, two US senators said on Thursday.

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Rafale fighter jet – Photo: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Kelly Ayotte and Joe Donnelly, who are members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited Israel to confer on security issues like missile defense, on which the allies have partnered. Continue Reading »

Republicans condemn Kerry’s ‘anti-Israeli’ Senate briefing

Harsh rhetoric from Washington continues, with the U.S. blasting Israel’s ‘unreal’ evaluations of Iran accord and Netanyahu warning that Kerry’s ‘bad deal’ could lead region to war.


Tensions heightened and rhetoric escalated between Washington and Jerusalem on Tuesday as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave what was described as a “fairly anti-Israeli” briefing on Capitol Hill while his State Department dismissed Israeli evaluations of the proposed nuclear deal with Iran as “inaccurate, exaggerated and not based in reality.”

Kerry speaks with reporters.

Kerry speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill before testifying before a Senate panel. – Photo: AFP

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U.S. Senate Calls for Moment of Silence During London Olympics

 U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution urging the  International Olympic Committee (IOC) to mark one minute of silence



As the world looks forward to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, many have called on the International Olympic Committee to recognize one of the darkest days in sports history, the murder of 11 athletes and coaches form the Israeli Olympic team at the 1972 Munich Olympics by Palestinian terrorists known as “Black September.”

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution urging the  International Olympic Committee (IOC) to mark one minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, joining Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and more than 81,000 signatories of a Move.org petition.

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