From Iron Dome to supply chains, US Christian group quietly shaping US-Israel ties

After bringing House leaders to the West Bank and securing missile defense funding, the Alabama-based USIEA sees Abraham Accords countries replacing China as pharma suppliers

7 January 2022

Large, well-resourced organizations like the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC or the prominent evangelical CUFI usually come to mind when discussing the groups shaping the US-Israel relationship.

But a small, proudly faith-based organization headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is increasingly influencing issues at the core of the US-Israel relationship.

Over the last decade, the United States-Israel Education Association has brought senior congressional leaders to Israeli settlements deep in the West Bank, and has worked with the same lawmakers to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in US funding for the Iron Dome anti-missile system and develop ties between Israeli and Palestinian business communities.

“USIEA’s trips to Israel provide participating legislators with in-depth understanding of the complexity of the issues facing Israel and ways in which our countries can work together,” wrote then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a 2014 letter to the organization. “In doing so, USIEA helps further strengthen the bonds we share.”

With its partners on Capitol Hill, USIEA is now setting its sights even higher, as it develops a strategic project that aims to position the Abraham Accords nations as an alternative to China for the US life sciences and pharmaceutical supply chain.

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