U.S. urges Canada and Saudi Arabia to resolve dispute

State Department urges Canada and Saudi Arabia to use diplomacy to resolve their dispute over arrest of activists.Elad Benari, 8/8/2018, 2:04 AM

U.S. on Nationality Law: We believe in equality of all persons

State Department spokeswoman asked about Israel's Nationality Law, says Washington hesitates to discuss other countries' legislation.Elad Benari, 7/25/2018, 1:43 AM

State Department praises rescue of Syrian White Helmets

United States praises Israel and Jordan for facilitating the evacuations of hundreds of White Helmet rescuers from Syria.Elad Benari, 7/23/2018, 5:36 AM

U.S. appears to back Israel on removal of BDS activists

State Department spokeswoman says U.S. does not support BDS, says countries have the right to prevent entry to activists.Nitsan Keidar, 7/4/2018, 2:07 AM

Friedman to State Department: Israel not a human rights violator

Ambassador rejected calls for extra scrutiny of IDF behavior, emailed State Department officials to affirm Israel’s democratic standards.David Rosenberg, 6/18/2018, 7:51 AM

US: Komemiyut not a terror group

State Department says NGO which received funds from charity headed by Ambassador David Friedman is legitimate group, not terror org.David Rosenberg, 5/24/2018, 4:52 PM

State Department opposes PA's ICC actions

State Department says PA filing complaints against Israel at International Criminal Court is counterproductive to peace.Elad Benari, 5/23/2018, 5:05 AM

State Department: Hamas using embassy as excuse for violence

State Department spokeswoman: Hamas is using the unveiling of the American embassy in Jerusalem as an "excuse" to encourage violence.Elad Benari, 5/16/2018, 2:07 AM

Media falsely accuses Amb. Friedman of donating to terror group

False claims: Media outlets attempt to link Ambassador David Friedman to movement declared 'Jewish terror group' by State Dept.David Rosenberg, 5/13/2018, 10:11 PM

Trump signs law to help Holocaust victims reclaim lost property

President signs law requiring State Department to monitor European countries handling of property taken from Holocaust victims.JTA, 5/10/2018, 7:11 PM

U.S. concerned about human rights abuses in North Korea

State Department says Washington will continue to pressure North Korea over its human rights abuses.Elad Benari, 5/3/2018, 3:46 AM

State Dep't won't say if it views Judea, Samaria as 'occupied'

State Department won't say if it views Judea, Samaria, Golan or Gaza as “occupied territory” after removing term from human rights report.Ben Ariel, 4/26/2018, 6:16 AM

Trump admin drops references to Judea, Samaria as 'occupied'

In a first for the US, State Department erases references to 'Israeli occupation' in annual report. PA says 'US has sided with Israel.'David Rosenberg, 4/21/2018, 9:51 PM

State Department: Russia 'sanitizing' site of Syria attack

U.S. says credible information shows Russian and Syrian regime officials are sanitizing the site of attack in Douma.Ben Ariel, 4/20/2018, 5:44 AM

US State Department says it 'looks forward to moving Embassy'

US State Department congratulates Israel on 70th birthday. 'Israel is a successful nation that has flourished and continues to thrive.'Tzvi Lev, 4/19/2018, 6:32 PM

Journalist killed in Gaza had been vetted to receive US funds

State Department says USAID vetted Gaza journalist accused of being a Hamas member and who was killed during riots at Gaza border.JTA, 4/12/2018, 10:38 PM

Syria: More than 150 dead from chemical weapons attack

At least 150 people, mostly women and children, killed and hundreds injured in chemical weapons attack by Assad's army in city of Douma.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/8/2018, 7:48 AM

Trump administration: combating anti-Semitism a ‘priority'

State Department unable to say when Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism post will be filled.JTA, 4/4/2018, 4:35 PM

State Department: Russia violating its obligations

State Department accuses Russia of developing destabilizing nuclear weapons in violation of its treaty obligations.Elad Benari, 3/2/2018, 2:45 AM

New US MOU gives Libya 'license to steal,' activist says

US agrees to Libyan request that activists say prevents ancient Jewish artifacts from leaving the country.JTA, 2/23/2018, 7:31 AM

'We'd consider bringing in other countries to peace talks'

State Department responds to Abbas: U.S. would consider involvement of other countries in peace talks if it believes it would be helpful.Elad Benari, 2/20/2018, 11:38 PM

State Dep. official: US, Israel like junior high buddies

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says US-Israel relationship akin to friendship between junior high students.Ron Kampeas, 2/15/2018, 8:28 PM

US: Police recommendations against Netanyahu 'internal matter'

State Department spokeswoman says US aware of recommendations, 'but we consider it to be an internal Israeli matter.'JTA, 2/14/2018, 4:01 PM

State Department prioritizes funding for Jerusalem embassy

In budget proposal for 2019, State Department prioritizes funding for facility for embassy in Jerusalem.Elad Benari, 2/13/2018, 6:14 AM

US backs Israel's right to self-defense

Pentagon, State Department, emphasize Israel has a right to defend itself, express concern over Iran's 'behavior.'AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff, 2/10/2018, 10:32 PM

State Department alarmed over Syrian chlorine gas attack

State Department expresses concern over reports of chemical weapons attack in Idlib province.Elad Benari, 2/6/2018, 5:45 AM

'US under no illusions about Iran's malicious intent'

Senior US State Department counterterrorism expert says US and Israel are working closely to counter Iranian influence in the region.Tzvi Lev, 2/1/2018, 6:25 PM

State Department urges Poland to re-evaluate Holocaust law

State Department spokeswoman says U.S. concerned about repercussions of proposed Polish law on Holocaust.Elad Benari, 2/1/2018, 2:05 AM

State Department could cut PA aid even further

Ambassador Haley reportedly pushing for further cuts to U.S. aid to PA, following the cut in funding to UNRWA.Elad Benari, 1/25/2018, 3:37 AM

US: Al-Qaeda commander put on terror list

US State Department puts Al-Qaeda commander who called on Muslims to attack Jews and Americans on US terror listJTA, 1/24/2018, 9:07 AM

Report: Trump to tap pro-Israel Rumsfeld adviser to State Dep.

Trump to pick David Schenker, former Rumsfeld adviser and director of pro-Israel think tank to serve as top US diplomat to the Middle East.David Rosenberg, 1/12/2018, 1:21 PM

State Dep. urges Israel to bar Jewish prayer on Temple Mount

Annual State Dep. report shows department urged Israel to curtail Jewish prayer on Temple Mount, agree to Reform demands at Western Wall.JTA and Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/7/2018, 6:20 PM

State Department to fill post for anti-Semitism monitor

State Department says ‘crucial’ anti-Semitism monitor post to be filled ‘soon.’JTA, 1/5/2018, 12:19 PM

U.S. suspends security aid to Pakistan

State Department announces suspension of security assistance to Pakistan until it takes action against Taliban and Haqqani network.Ben Ariel, 1/5/2018, 3:13 AM

State Dept: Reports Ambassador banned 'occupation' misleading

Department official claims reports that Ambassador to Israel asked them to stop calling Judea and Samaria 'occupied' are 'misleading.'JTA and Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/28/2017, 8:50 AM

Jerusalem, the State Department and the UN

The good, the bad and the ugly. In the Middle East, facts, and the truth, don’t really matter. Nuance matters. Meir Jolovitz, 12/28/2017, 7:05 AM

Ambassador Friedman: Stop using the word 'occupation'

US ambassador to Israel reportedly calls on State Department to stop calling Judea and Samaria 'occupied.'Gary Willig, 12/26/2017, 8:32 PM

State Department: No decisions about cutting off foreign aid

State Department spokeswoman says no decisions have been made about cutting off foreign aid to countries that voted against U.S. at the UN.Elad Benari, 12/22/2017, 3:06 AM

Both sides got it wrong on Jerusalem embassy

President Trump may be using the State Department to play a little game of good cop/bad cop. Or, in this case, Good Trump/Bad State Department.Att'y Stephen M. Flatow, 12/21/2017, 11:59 PM

State Department: Now isn't the time to talk to North Korea

State Department says North Korea has shown no sign of a willingness to halt its missile and nuclear testing.Ben Ariel, 12/14/2017, 3:06 AM

Despite Trump's declaration, State Dep not recognizing Jerusalem

ZOA, Republican congressman chastise State Department for refusing to list 'Jerusalem, Israel' in passports for Americans born in Jerusalem.David Rosenberg, 12/13/2017, 1:52 PM

US must include "sovereignty" in Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act.

The final wording of the US Embassy Jerusalem and Recognition Act removed references to Jerusalem as part of Israel and gave no assurance that Jerusalem would remain the exclusive capital of Israel. David Bedein, 12/10/2017, 9:06 AM

State Department to Israel: Temper response to Jerusalem move

United States asking Israel to temper its response to Jerusalem recognition, fearing backlash.Ben Ariel, 12/7/2017, 5:10 AM

State Department to begin process of moving embassy immediately

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says US to get to work immediately to fulfill Trump's pledge to move embassy to Jerusalem.AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/6/2017, 9:41 PM

US warns govt staff to avoid Jerusalem Old City

State Department warns employees to avoid eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria as Trump expected to make announcement on Jerusalem.AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/5/2017, 9:09 PM

State Dep. orders embassies to prepare for Jerusalem decision

US embassies around the world directed to prepare for impending statement by President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.David Rosenberg, 12/5/2017, 9:36 AM

'Trump's heart in the right place, State Dep. slowing him down'

'After Obama, Netanyahu finally has a real friend in the White House,' says former US Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton.Eliran Baruch, 12/4/2017, 10:58 PM

State Department: No decision yet on embassy

State Department spokeswoman says Trump hasn't yet decided whether to sign waiver delaying embassy move to Jerusalem.Elad Benari, 12/1/2017, 4:07 AM

'Tillerson enjoys his job'

State Department spokeswoman refutes reports that Trump intends to replace Secretary of State, says Tillerson plans to stay on.Ben Ariel, 12/1/2017, 3:05 AM

White House mum on report Secretary of State will be fired

White House refuses to confirm or deny report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be fired.Tzvi Lev, 11/30/2017, 8:34 PM

State Department: Communication with PLO not frozen

State Department spokeswoman says U.S. wants PLO to keep its Washington mission open despite recent threats to shut it down.Elad Benari, 11/22/2017, 3:04 AM

U.S. still pursuing direct diplomacy with North Korea

State Department official says quiet diplomatic efforts with North Korea are continuing, despite Trump's assertion they are a waste of time.Ben Ariel, 11/1/2017, 4:16 AM

Trump administration won't oppose 'Greater Jerusalem' bill

US Department of State spokesperson says she won't comment on Jerusalem bill, notes bill still has to go through legislative process.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/27/2017, 11:03 AM

US withdraws military assistance from Myanmar

State Department says assistance dropped over persecution of Rohingya Muslim minority.Gary Willig, 10/24/2017, 5:36 PM

State Department: Greenblatt's statement is nothing new

State Department spokeswoman: Any Palestinian government must commit to non-violence and recognize Israel.Ben Ariel, 10/20/2017, 3:39 AM

Hezbollah official: U.S. trying to 'demonize' the group

Hezbollah official says multimillion dollar reward offered for two senior members of the group will not affect Hezbollah's activities.Elad Benari, Canada, 10/11/2017, 11:32 PM

'Hezbollah determined to give itself option to attack America'

State Department offers $12 million for information leading to the capture of two senior Hezbollah members.Elad Benari, 10/10/2017, 11:27 PM