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The US is a close ally of Israel for obvious reasons. Israel wants to better defend itself, so it co-operates with the N.S.A. This is what Israel needs to defend itself, and Israel probably does the same thing to help defend the US.

There will always be a conflict between privacy and security, you can stick to one on expense of the other, but you will never be able to "fix" things.

How is Israel any different from any other country? What's so obvious about why they are a close ally?

Wait a minute. What are those "obvious reasons" you speak of?

We're allied with Israel so we can get valuable intelligence from Israel on all the people who want to blow us up because we're allied with Israel.

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