The America – Israel Friendship League (AIFL) is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization committed to strengthening ties between the people of the United States and Israel, bridging distances to reveal the beauty, the humanity, and democratic values that define both nations.


1. Unique/Single Agenda: to “promote, foster and develop mutual friendship and understanding between the people of the United States of America, the people of the State of Israel, and of other countries of the world.” (AIFL Certificate of Incorporation, March 29, 1971)

2. Unique Youth Programs: The AIFL is the only American organization working with the Israel Youth Exchange Authority and U.S. high schools to bring students (10th and 11th grade) who represent the diversity of their school district to Israel. Over 5,000 students and host families have participated in YASE in both countries, cultivating a cadre of leaders in all segments of American and Israeli society.

3. Unique Leadership Delegations to Israel for Public Decision Makers:

  1. State Attorneys General – Since 1988, the AIFL is the only organization working with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) – program alumni have gone on to become governors, senators, judges and cabinet members, including:
    • Wisconsin Governor James Doyle (former AG of Wisconsin)
    • Hubert H. Humphrey, III ( Son the United President Hubert H. Humphrey, II and former AG of Minnesota)
    • United States Senator Mark Pryor (former AG of Arkansas)
    • Honorable Theodore Kulongoski, Oregon Supreme Court Justice, (former AG of Oregon)
    • Honorable Paul G. Summers, Senior Judge, State of Tennessee (former AG of Tennessee
    • United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (former AG of Colorado)
    • United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano (former AG and Governor of Arizona)
  2. State Treasurers – AIFL is the only organization working with the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) – program alumni purchased Israel Bonds and those who had already done so increased their portfolio.

4. Unique Business Leadership Programming: The AIFL created Israel Day at the New York Stock Exchange in 2007. This day highlights business innovations that can establish new partnerships and mutual investments as well as create new employment opportunities in the U.S. and Israel.

5. Unique Advocacy Approach: The AIFL does not advocate for Israel through legislative appeal or pressure. Instead it brings decision makers to Israel to experience how Israelis identify with and appreciate the shared democratic values held by Americans. It also issues policy statements and participates with like-minded organizations to resist the efforts of those who seek Israel’s destruction.

6. Non-Sectarian – The AIFL reaches out to all Americans and Israelis. The League’s programs attract participants reflecting the diversity of both nations. As such, we forge alliances that transcend religious, ethnic, political and geographic boundaries.

7. Non-Partisan – The AIFL is joined voluntarily by political leaders, government officials, businessmen and prominent citizens of all political persuasions – the common goal is appreciating the shared democratic values of both countries.