The United States views the growth of Israeli settlements in the West Bank as an obstacle to the success of peace negotiations and recognizes that most world powers consider settlements illegal. Israel, for its part, sees the country as a security bulwark and religious Jewish Israelis see the country as a God-given legacy. Israel says it plans to keep blocks of settlements in every peace treaty. In January 2015, Jewish settlers threw stones at diplomats from a U.S. delegation who had come to inspect reported vandalism in a grove of Palestinian trees in the occupied West Bank. It has been reported that settlers have recently been suspected of uprooting thousands of olive plants, some of which were planted in honour of senior Palestinian official Ziad Abou Ein, who collapsed and died following an altercation with an Israeli soldier. The U.S. Consulate came to inspect the grove because some landowners claim U.S. citizenship.   No injuries were reported.  Jeff Rathke, spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said: “We can confirm that a Consulate General vehicle was bombed with stones and that it was confronted today in the West Bank, near the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya, by a group of armed settlers.” He added that the United States was “deeply concerned” by the attack and that the Israeli authorities recognized “the seriousness of the incident.”  A police spokesman said police are investigating the incident and there have been no arrests.
 The U.S. State Department has offered the Israeli authorities a video of the incident that does not show U.S. weapons. Yossi Dagan, head of the Shomron Regional Council, asked Interior Minister Gilad Erdan to expel the US delegation, saying they were spies.  The incident is expected to cool already tense relations between the United States and Israel, although this is the first known physical attack on U.S. diplomatic personnel.  The FMF aims to promote U.S. national security by contributing to global stability, strengthening military support for democratically elected governments, and limiting transnational threats, including terrorism and the arms trade.  According to the U.S. State Department, this financial assistance allows U.S. allies to improve their defense capabilities and promote closer military relations between the United States and recipient countries.
Meanwhile, Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul said, with respect to foreign military financing of Israel by the United States, that “Israel`s assistance hinders Israel`s ability to make its own decisions, as it sees fit.”  After a careful two-year study, which ended in September 2019, the U.S. Secret Service and the FBI concluded that it was “pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible for cell phone surveillance devices near the White House and other sensitive sites in Washington, D.C.- area, as reported by several former senior U.S. officials.   Israeli agents have placed Stingray telephone tracers (international mobile subscriber identity-catcher-IMSI-catchers), miniature surveillance devices that act as ordinary cellular antennas, mislead the region`s mobile phones to provide their identity and location data and to capture the contents of phone calls and other data, according to several former senior U.S. officials. The devices were configured to gather information about the U.S. president and his top aides (including Rudy Giuliani), an operation facilitated by President Trump`s inability to comply with White House telecommunications security protocols. It is not known publicly whether, or to what extent, Israel has been successful in gathering such information.