| State of Israel |
The State of Israel is the world's solitary Jewish-majority country, situated in the turbulent Middle East and founded in 1948 as a home and refuge for the surviving Jewish remnant after the devastating Nazi Holocaust of the Second World War.
Struggling to survive upon its very creation at the center of a hostile region dominated by Islamic nations for centuries, Israel has for decades received significant military and financial assistance from the United States, serving as the closest strategic and sole democratic ally of the West in the Middle East and rising to become a formidable power in its own right to be reckoned with.
With the collapsing economy and drastically reduced overseas military presence of the United States (with armed forces and advisers departing Iraq, Afghanistan and the rest of the world), Israel was inevitably left far more vulnerable to its rising enemies, particularly Iran, a long-time supporter of certain Arab terrorist groups with whom Israel waged the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict. Around 2012, the United States was so severely weakened that even "defense procurement aid to Israel began phasing out and quickly came to an end".
Several years later, with tensions escalating between Saudi Arabia and Iran, two longtime bitter rivals, eventually leading to all-out engagement in an arms race, the Oil Wars began, with numerous oil wells, including those of Israel, being damaged in the conflict and further disrupting the world economy. Despite eventual military aid from the United States and the combined efforts of the Arab nations against the Iranian Coalition, the destructive nuclear conflict progressed poorly.
It is also mentioned, somewhat ambiguously, in Ben Walker's recollections, that "ever since America washed her hands of the problems in the Middle East, Islamic terrorists left her alone", further emphasizing the continued cessation of aid to Israel.