Furthering Our Relationship With Israel (Excerpts)

May 12, 2020

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  • Israel
  • United States
  • Lebanon



The United States  prides itself on being the first country to recognize Israel as an independent state on May 14, 1948, when President Harry Truman issued a statement of recognition following Israel’s proclamation of independence on the same date.
President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6, 2017, and the U.S. Embassy to Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14, 2018.

The United States stands with Israel in countering Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the region. We cooperate closely with Israel to counter Iran and work to resolve regional crises in a manner consistent with U.S. and Israeli national security interests.

The United States supports Israel’s right to defend itself and is a partner to Israel in the face of Iran’s  continued support  for  designated terrorist groups such as Hizballah  in Lebanon  and  Hamas  in  Gaza.