CUFI has just concluded our 2020 Virtual Summit. The event was very successful and included top speakers including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and a bipartisan cadre of other elected officials and dignitaries.

Our focus this year is on strengthening a key component of the US-Israel relationship: direct American support for the Jewish state. To this end, below are the three legislative items CUFI’s 8 million members are supporting following our 2020 Summit:

  1. The United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act (S.3176): This legislation codifies the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding signed by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. The ten-year military assistance agreement between the two nations is aimed at securing Israel against regional enemies and maintains Israel as a cornerstone of U.S. national security in the Middle East. The legislation also enhances cooperation in key technological areas and extends both war reserve stockpile authority and loan guarantees to Israel through 2025.

    While this legislation previously passed the House, it now includes an authorization for $12 million that seeks “to enhance partnerships between companies in the United States and Israel to develop innovative medical projects aimed at detecting, treating, and curing COVID-19.” As such, it will return to the House where we are hoping it moves forward swiftly.

  2. The 2021 House and Senate State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill: This annual legislation appropriates $3.3 billion in American military aid to Israel. This assistance ensures Israel’s ability to defend itself and directly benefits the US as well. 75 percent of this aid must be spent in the United States, thereby supporting American jobs and ensuring America maintains our quantitative and qualitative military manufacturing superiority in an uncertain world.

    Such support, which accounts for less than one percent of the federal budget also, ensures Israel is best positioned to provide the US with vital intelligence, exceptional military related technological advancements which help protect American troops, and a true safe-zone for American servicemen and woman in the Middle East.

  3. The US-Israel Military Capability Act (S.3775 & H.R.7148): This legislation would establish a permanent and dedicated working group for U.S. national security officials and their counterparts in the Israeli government to collaborate on the research and development of technology used for national defense.

Without US aid to Israel, we would imperil a vital ally in the Middle East and on the world’s stage. This support is the greatest foreign investment our country makes as Israelis always stand by our side and never ask America to fight our shared enemies on their behalf. Quite the opposite, Israel keeps at bay the same terrorists and tyrants who would seek to do Americans harm.

We hope all our elected officials will consider supporting all three of these vital pieces of legislation.