There is little argument that a “special” relationship exists between the US and Israel. Whether this relationship is a good thing or bad for the US and/or Israel is something that can (and will) be debated. At present, this supposed friendly relationship is a monochromatic, rejectionist Likudnik version that overwhelms the US political process making real discussion all but impossible.
This relationship is not mysterious in some ways – Israel exists on a sea of US money and military support (many ask why this support continues unabated but we will leave that to another day). The relationship is consciously studied, nurtured and cultivated in ways that I leave (dare) others on this site to find the equal of internationally.
In an explicit nod to how important this process is for Israel, Haaretz now has a special feature tracking/measuring “Israel friendliness” for each US presidential candidate. Apparently all the US presidential candidates are aware of this poll and most likely, doing there best to stay high in the average rankings. For some strange reason, the same poll being done in El Salvador or Indonesia just doesn’t seem to have the same effect on the candidates. The Haaretz effort is a semi-“scientific” monthly poll using a panel of judges gathered allegedly from the left and the right from Israeli politics and academia. They are · Avi Ben-Tzvi · Eitan Gilboa · Dore Gold · Dan Halperin · Alon Pinkas · Tzvi Rafiah · Ron Robin · Yossi Shain