Google is a private company.
> I quite honestly don't understand why we have such a relationship with Israel as it yields us zero benefit and many losses.
If you don't understand something, a good bet is that your premises are wrong.
But an ally asked for something that's rather trivial (for us)... I don't see why we shouldn't comply.
Because it violates US citizens' first amendment rights?
So not having high-res satellite imagery of sites in Israel is an affront to your rights, but these aren't?
But another bet is that "that something" doesn't actually make sense.
> America does benefit from a healthy relationship
> with Israel and, more importantly, from Israel's
Edit: I am really curious. I don't know much about this topic.
As I outlined above and which you are purposely and blatantly ignoring, our relationship is more than economic.
Ireland doesn't face an existential threat from anti-Western regimes, nor does it have the same military relationship that we do with Israel. The situations could not be more different.
One problem is that it's difficult to consider the question of Israel being a "democracy" while setting aside "all religion". (Short version: there are a lot of people in occupied territories that don't have a vote.)
Another is that there is a very good question of just how much can you let a country get away with just because they are or claim to be a democracy? That amount is surely limited (right?), but the question is, how much?
By your logic, the United States is not a democracy because illegal aliens cannot vote in US elections.
Yes they do. In their own government(s). What are you talking about?
Edit: Oh gosh... downvoted? I feel as though I am on reddit.
Edit 2: They voted for Fatah and Hamas. They do get to vote - in their own elections. (Though not for a few years because Hamas and Fatah have postponed elections multiple times)
What happened to Turkey?
 quick googling turned for example http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/04/01/full-comment-...
 due to time constraints I can't find recitations now, so take it at face value. Sorry.
EDIT: eh, life just gave a brilliant new example: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/michaelweiss/100092061/bre...
According to that Israel is a 'Flawed democracy' and Lebanon is a 'Hybrid regime'. I cannot say I'm familiar with the political system in Lebanon, but I do know they've been having some major issues with their government lately. IIRC they haven't had a functioning executive branch since they agreed to comply with the UN investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Hezbollah (effectively the military of Lebanon and a very strong political power) is extremely unhappy with this because the allegation is that they assassinated him.
I don't think it's an obvious fact which is why 7 minutes before you wrote this, I responded to a similar question.
Edit: Here it is