U.S.-Israel Business Council

The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Israel Business Council is the only national advocacy organization focused the U.S.-Israel commercial relationship. 

    The U.S.-Israel Business Council (USIBI) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the premier national business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the trade, investment, and innovation relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

    The USIBI serves as a hub for business intelligence, a platform for dialogue with U.S. and Israeli government officials on economic policies, and a platform for advocacy on issues related to trade, investment, and innovation. USIBI maintains active partnerships with the leading Israeli business associations, including the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel, Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Israel (a U.S. Chamber affiliate).


    Policy Priorities of the U.S.-Israel Business Council

    Health Innovation

    The Council established a working group to serve as a platform for a dialogue on emerging health innovations in Israel such as digital health, artificial intelligence, bio-convergence, 5G-connected medical devices, and cybersecurity of critical health infrastructure to enhance the discovery, development, and commercialization of healthcare technology and innovation. 

    Digital Economy

    The Council promotes pro-competitive, cutting edge rules to promote e-commerce and open digital trade in two of the most digitally-advanced countries in the world.  The Council working with counterpart organizations in Israel is advancing initiatives focused on data governance and cross-border dataflows that will boost next cooperation in AI, cybersecurity, digital health, and beyond.

    Energy and Environment

    The Council serves as the direct link between business and government in the U.S.-Israel energy and environment corridor by promoting market-based policy solutions, advancing innovation partnerships, and sharing best practices.  We leverage platforms like the U.S.-Israel Energy Dialogue, Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum, and other leader-level interactions as opportunities to strengthen bilateral trade. The Council is a leading advocate for the U.S.-Israel Energy Center of Excellence, funded by both governments, to advance public-private cooperation in new energy and water technologies. 

    Defense and Cybersecurity

    The Council works to promotes connections among business, government, and thought leaders in order to expand U.S.-Israel cooperation in defense and cybersecurity.  We promote ongoing U.S.-Israel industrial cooperation and opportunities for continued collaboration in supply chains, R&D, and emerging technologies while working to overcome challenges.

    Additional Programs

    Capitol Hill Engagement

    USIBI has an active program to build relationships with key members, committees, and staff engaged on matters related to the U.S.-Israel commercial relationship.

    Activities Snapshot:

    • Maintain regular communications with Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee staff on issues and legislation related to U.S.-Israel relations.
    • Supported provisions in legislation related to appropriations of R&D funding, economic cooperation programs, and other initiatives that support the commercial relationship.
    • Hosted briefings with members on topics related to trade, innovation, and energy


    Building Partnerships in Cities and States

    USIBI works with partners in cities and states across the U.S. to expand and deepen U.S.-Israel business partnerships. 

    Activities Snapshot:

    • Launched Business Israel, a program that brought leaders from state and metropolitan chambers of commerce across the U.S. to Israel. 
    • Hosted governors and mayors in Israel and supported expanded bilateral agreements.

    Recent Activity

    Above the FoldJun 24, 2021 - 8:30am
    Recommendations to Israel

    Strengthening U.S.-Israel Relationship: 4 Ideas for the Biden Administration and Israeli Government

    Last week, a new coalition government was sworn into power in Israel, led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Alternative Prime Minister / Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.  Both pledged to focus on critical consensus issues and underscored the importance of strengthening Israel’s cooperation with the United States.

    ReportJun 23, 2021 - 11:30am

    Policy Recommendations: U.S.-Israel

    U.S.-Israel commercial ties are contributing to our economy, support thousands of jobs in the U.S. and Israel, and drive game-changing innovation in critical sectors, including health care, financial services, hi-tech, and sustainability. Despite these successes, the once pioneering policies that support U.S.-Israel commerce are increasingly losing their competitive edge. The global economy has changed remarkably since Israel and the U.S. laid these cornerstones many decades ago. On behalf of our member companies, the U.S.-Israel Business Council recommend our governments consider the following 4 Big Ideas as they chart a way forward on U.S.-Israel relations.

    Above the FoldApr 29, 2021 - 12:30pm

    Expanding U.S.-Israel Partnerships in Health Innovation

    Learn more about the U.S.-Israel Business Council's bilateral health innovation dialogue.

    Above the FoldSep 16, 2020 - 3:45pm
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    The Business Impact of the Abraham Accords

    The historic agreement promotes innovation, collaboration, and tremendous business potential.

    Press ReleaseAug 14, 2020 - 2:30pm

    U.S. Chamber Applauds Historic Peace Agreement Between Israel and the UAE

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement today applauding the historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week. 

    Issue BriefJun 29, 2020 - 3:45pm

    U.S.- Israel Collaboration in Health Innovation

    A public policy roadmap to advance greater collaboration in health technology and innovation between the U.S. and Israel CONTACT Josh Kram, Executive Director, International A!airsjkram@uschamber.com

    Op EdOct 23, 2019 - 10:30am

    Deepening the US-Israel relationship through business

    America’s trade, investment, and innovation partnership with Israel is substantial, but in sectors such as energy, agriculture, health, cybersecurity, water, and beyond, our countries have only scratched the surface. To fully realize the potential, we need to expand the American business community’s exposure and access to Israel as well as empower new supporters of the U.S.-Israel economic relationship.

    Above the FoldJun 28, 2019 - 12:15pm
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    U.S.-Israel Cybersecurity Collaborative: A Roadmap for Global Private, Public Partnership

    Nearly 20% of all global investment in cybersecurity occurs in Israel – behind only the U.S.