Strengthen U.S.-Israel Strategic Cooperation

On Dec. 19, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014—a landmark piece of legislation that dramatically enhances America’s relationship with the State of Israel.

“Today I have signed into law S. 2673, the ‘United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014,’ an Act that underscores the United States unshakeable commitment to Israel's security and its future,” Obama said after signing the historic measure. “This bipartisan piece of legislation reflects the importance placed by my administration on strengthening and deepening U.S.-Israel bilateral cooperation and ties. It reinforces critical defense and security programs, which have reached an unprecedented level under my administration.”

Congress finalized the passage of the momentous bill earlier that month. The bill, authored in the House by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL), and in the Senate by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), expand's Israel's status to “major strategic partner”

By declaring in legislation that Israel is a “major strategic partner” of the United States, the measure lays the foundation for expanded U.S.-Israel cooperation in a wide variety of spheres, including defense, intelligence, homeland security, cyber security, energy, water, agriculture, and alternative fuel technologies.

This bipartisan legislation was adopted by unanimous consent in the Senate on Sept. 18, 2014. The House of Representatives originally passed the legislation on March 5, 2014 by a resounding vote of 410-1.  The House subsequently took up and passed the Senate adopted version.

Key Points

  1. A Region in Turmoil
    With the Middle East in turmoil, it is critical for America that we strengthen our alliance with friendly and reliable states. Israel is such an ally.

  2. A Major Strategic Partner
    The United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act recognizes this fact by designating Israel as a “major strategic partner” of the United States.

  3. Strengthening a Critical Alliance
    This important bill will help the United States maximize the benefits of an already thriving alliance with Israel by expanding cooperation in military, trade, energy and homeland security arenas.