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

Report: US to offer cash prize for wanted Hezbollah leaders

US media says State Department to offer $12 million to anyone with information on Hezbollah leaders.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/8/2017, 12:01 AM

State Department: Tillerson didn't call Trump a 'moron'

State Department spokeswoman strongly denies reported that Secretary of State had called Trump a "moron".Arutz Sheva North America Staff, 10/4/2017, 11:49 PM

State Dept to Arutz Sheva: No attempt to take back Israel aid

US denies report Secretary of State seeks to retrieve $75 million in aid. 'Administration committed to ensuring Israel receives all aid.'Gary Willig, 9/11/2017, 6:44 PM

Tillerson to Israel: Give back military aid

Trump administration mulling move to pressure Israel to return $75 million in military aid allocated by Congress for Israel's defense.David Rosenberg, 9/10/2017, 9:59 PM

Trump orders Russia to close San Francisco consulate

Trump administration orders Russia to shutter consulate following Russia's order that the U.S. cut its diplomatic personnel in Russia.Ben Ariel, 9/1/2017, 1:06 AM

New school year, same old incitement curriculum

Study finds PA textbooks in UNRWA schools continue to educate children for war and violence against Jews and Israel.Gary Willig, 8/24/2017, 6:59 PM

State Dept: We will not 'bias' outcome of negotiations

Spokeswoman refuses to commit to two-state solution, as US delegation prepares to speak today with Netanyahu and Abbas.Tal Polon, 8/24/2017, 8:45 AM

Trump admin pushes affirmative action after Charlottesville

Sec. of State Rex Tillerson introduces racial quotas for ambassadorships in wake of Charlottesville violence.David Rosenberg, 8/20/2017, 9:26 PM

Secretary Tillerson should resign

The State Department released a falsehood-filled, anti-Israel Terrorism Report and Tillerson bears the responsibility for it. Morton A. Klein, ZOA President, 7/30/2017, 8:12 AM

Trump taps Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as religious freedom envoy

Gov. Brownback has a long history of cooperation with Jewish community on issues of religious freedom, is an outspoken supporter of Israel.JTA, 7/27/2017, 7:52 PM

State Department defends terrorism report

State Dept defends report attributing Palestinian Arab violence to 'lack of hope,' says Sec of State Tillerson does not intend to resign.JTA, 7/27/2017, 9:46 AM

Did State Department copy old reports to whitewash PA?

'State Department fears its own words could be used by Congress to cut funding to the PA, so it intentionally slants reports.'Gary Willig, 7/26/2017, 8:55 PM

State Department blames Israel for terrorism, praises PA

Illinois congressman, Zionist organization slam State Department report blaming Israel for terrorism, whitewashing PA incitement.David Rosenberg, 7/25/2017, 2:37 PM

State Dept 'nervous' as Trump cleans house

President Trump attempts State Department overhaul to 'Americanize' cumbersome bureaucracy - reportedly making officials very nervous.Mordechai Sones, 7/16/2017, 10:59 AM

Trump Administration: 'Settlements' don't help peace

State Department spokesperson says President Trump has been 'clear all along' that 'settlements' don't help the peace process.JTA, 6/21/2017, 8:49 PM

Trump administration: No condemnation of settlement construction

State Department says no condemnation planned for Israel's approval of 2,600 homes in Judea and Samaria - breaking longstanding US policy.David Rosenberg, 6/9/2017, 10:09 AM

Saudi Arabia, U.S. blacklist Hezbollah leader

Saudi Arabia and the United States blacklist Hashem Safieddine, president of Hezbollah's executive council.Elad Benari, Canada, 5/20/2017, 12:07 AM

State Department offers reward for Al-Nusra leader

Trump administration offers reward of up to $10 million for information about Al-Nusra Front leader.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/11/2017, 5:36 AM

U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia omits Trump Israel visit

Rep. Eliot Engel calls out Embassy in Saudi Arabia for posting video that edited out mention of Trump's visit to Israel.Elad Benari, 5/9/2017, 1:07 AM

State Department issues travel alert for Europe

American citizens warned to be aware of a continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.Ben Ariel, 5/2/2017, 2:06 AM

State Department: Hamas military commander a ‘global terrorist’

Hamas commander involved in kidnapping of Gilad Shalit declared 'a significant risk' of committing terrorist attacks.JTA, 4/6/2017, 7:16 PM

State Department employee charged with lying to FBI

Veteran State Department employee charged with making false statements about gifts received from Chinese intelligence agents.Ben Ariel, 3/30/2017, 4:15 AM

State Department: Israel aid won't be reduced

State Department says Trump's proposed budget cut does not affect Israel.Elad Benari, 3/17/2017, 3:14 AM

State Department: Israel’s anti-BDS law is ‘sovereign decision’

State Department refuses to condemn Israeli law barring BDS activists from entering country.JTA, 3/9/2017, 6:10 PM