The U.S.-Israel Relationship
The United States and Israel enjoy a special relationship based on
mutual democratic values, common strategic interests, and moral bonds of
friendship and mutual respect. The American people share an affinity
with the people of Israel and regard Israel as a strong and trusted ally
and an important strategic partner. Every American administration since
Israel’s independence has provided unqualified support for Israel’s
right to live in peace and security as a Jewish state.
WHERE WE STAND
The Jewish Community Relations Council supports a strong
U.S.-Israel relationship to secure Israel, work for peace in the Middle
East, and fight terrorism. We are grateful that past
administrations, as well as both parties and both houses of Congress,
have supported Israel’s right to defend itself for these past several
decades. We urge Congress and the Executive Branch to continue providing
the strategic and diplomatic support and the foreign aid that has
helped sustain Israel through the most difficult challenges.
to your U.S. Congressional Representative, to Michigan’s two U.S.
Senators, and President Obama endorsing a strong U.S.-Israel
• America’s relationship with Israel is based on an essential strategic alliance,
shared values and democracy, and the quest for peace and stability in the
• The U.S.-Israel relationship has always been bi-partisan and strongly
supported by the American people.
• Although American economic foreign aid to Israel has been going down each
year, the U.S. should continue providing Israel with military foreign aid that is
so important for its survival. Keeping Israel strong through foreign aid reduces
the need for U.S. military forces in the Middle East. Also, most foreign aid
dollars are spent in the U.S. and bolster the American economy.