5 Highlights of the Strategic Alliance Between Israel and the USA

Israel-US cooperation
Israel-US cooperation

The USA and Israel have maintained a strong relationship through decades of world and Middle East upheaval in particular. Established in 1980, LIBI was formed to strengthen this bond by meeting the educational, religious, medical and recreational needs of Israeli soldiers using US tax free donations.

As Dr. John A.I. Grossman, LIBI USA Chairman says, “The relationship between the US and Israel is ever-lasting. We share the same values; freedom of rights and world security.”

Let’s take a short walk down memory lane and highlight some special aspects of the Israeli/American alliance.

1. The US is a political supporter of Israel, especially during anti-Israel votes in the UN. The establishment of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East provides the US with the only democratic country in this region.
2. Congress gives substantial funds to Israel in foreign aid. In return, seventy-four percent of these funds is spent by Israel to purchase US goods and services.
3. The US helps Israel absorb millions of immigrants from countries all over the world, including over one million Jews from the former Soviet Union. This assistance was one of the catalysts for the fall of communist Russia, helping to end the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union.
4. America’s support of Israel helps the US have a military foothold in the Middle East. Joint air and sea military exercises regularly take place between the countries. The United States has six facilities in Israel where military equipment is stockpiled. Although intended for American forces in the Middle East, the equipment can be transferred to Israel for use if necessary. Israel, of course, is crucial in aiding America with their homeland security.
5. Israel has more companies listed on the NASDAQ than any other country outside of North America. US/Israeli cooperation has created a powerhouse of hi-tech companies which are changing the world.

Today, the close relationship between the United States and Israel continues. As said by Lyndon Johnson in 1964, “The United States and Israel share many common objectives…chief of which is the building of a better world in which every nation can develop its resources and develop them in freedom and peace.”

We can proudly say that decades later, this statement rings true.

LIBI Directors Speak to Christian Leaders in Jerusalem

The Christian Friends of  Israel gathered for their annual conference at the Dan Hotel in Jerusalem during the first week of June, 2015. With hundreds of participants from all over the world, the group marked 30 years of ongoing support for the Jewish State. They heard from an impressive array of Israeli politicians and leaders including, Lieutenant Colonel Eva Cohen of the IDF’s LIBI Fund.

LIBI Fund Director, Lieutenant Colonel Eva Cohen, left, and IDF General Yehiel Gozal (second from right) along with Christian Friends of Israel leaders from Africa.
LIBI Fund Director, Lieutenant Colonel Eva Cohen, left, and IDF General Yehiel Gozal (second from right) along with Christian Friends of Israel leaders from Africa.

“It’s such a miracle that so many Christians around the world are standing up and supporting Israel” said Cohen, “I can’t tell you how much it means to our soldiers.” Following her inspirational remarks, Lt. Col. Cohen was swarmed by adoring fans of the IDF who lined up to take pictures with her and LIBI head General Yehiel Gozal.

Christian Friends of Israel has been a long standing supporter of the LIBI Fund and donated a physical therapy center at an IDF army base just last year.

General Gozal noted the long-standing and meaningful relationship between the Christian Friends of Israel and the IDF.  He was particularly grateful for the generous donations which led to the creation of Christian Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans physical therapy centers on Israeli army bases.

With the conferences’ simultaneous translations of the speeches into French, Spanish and Chinese, the enthusiastic Christian audience was treated to an array of thought provoking lectures.  For example, CFI UK’s Liaison Officer David Soakell spoke on ‘Christian Anti-Semitism – can we remain silent?’ to which Nigel Goodrich replied on Facebook,  “Yes. Should we? No. Time to come out of the hot tub and stand as soldiers with Israel!”

LIBI is grateful for the continuous outpouring of support from all of our Christian friends and looks forward not only to next year’s conference but also to welcoming any CFI visitors before that time.

LIBI Fund Director, Lieutenant Colonel Eva Cohen, center along with Christian Friends of Israel leaders from China and Sri Lanka
LIBI Fund Director, Lieutenant Colonel Eva Cohen, center along with Christian Friends of Israel leaders from China and Sri Lanka

 

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