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Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief [December 22, 2017]   [open pdf - 1004KB]

"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 issues--notably Iran and the Palestinians--arose or intensified during the Obama Administration. [...] A number of issues have significant implications for U.S.-Israel relations. They include (1) Various controversies regarding Israeli-Palestinian issues and diplomatic efforts to address them, including President Trump's December 2017 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced plan to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel there. (2) Regional security issues (including those involving Iran, Hezbollah, Syria, and Hamas) and U.S.-Israel cooperation. (3) Israeli domestic political issues, including an ongoing criminal investigation of Prime Minister Netanyahu."

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CRS Report for Congress, R44245
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2017-12-22
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