What are these ties? It's not religion - Judaism considers Christians idolaters. It's not coordinated foreign policy - Israel ignores anyone else's policy and is an embarrassment to the U.S. It's not regional security - Israel has enough atomic bombs for that, and Iran is not going to strike Israel and neither did Iraq. It's not the United Nations - Israel ignores UN resolutions. It's not exports - we're not getting fresh fruit from Israel. So what are these deep vastly important ties?
Iraq calls Turkish assault on Kurdish militants a dangerous escalation (Reuters)