Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief
Congressional Research Service Washington United States
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For decades, strong bilateral relations have fueled and reinforced significant U.S.-Israel cooperation in many areas, including regional security. Nonetheless, at various points throughout the relationship, U.S. and Israeli policies have diverged on some important issues. Significant differences regarding regional issuesnotably Iran and the Palestiniansarose or intensified during the Obama Administration. footnote 1 Since President Donald Trumps inauguration, he and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have discussed ways to advance and strengthen the U.S.-Israel special relationship, and security and stability in the Middle East. footnote 2 Since late 2016, a number of developments involving President Trump, the Obama Administration, Israeli leaders, and various other actors including Members of Congress have affected U.S. policy.
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