Is it because of the oil ?
Israel doesn’t have any.
Is it because they’re a major trading partner ?
not unless you count the military goods they buy from America,
some of it with American tax dollars.
Does America need it as a base because one of Israel’s neighbors declared,
or committed an act of,
war against the United States ?
Is it a good way to stay close to the oil ?
but it’s not the only way,
or even the best way.
what is the basis for the “special relationship ?”