In the wake of the Obama administration’s recent heavy handedness with Israel, it is of little surprise that only 9% of Jewish Israelis see Obama as pro-Israel.  While Israel may be getting some of the harshest treatment, the Jewish State has not been alone in experiencing that, as the Wall Street Journal put it, “[i]t’s better these days to be a U.S. adversary than its friend.”

In the sad club which Poland, the Czech Republic, and Honduras find themselves, one can also find Britain.  From the infamous gift exchange gaffe to The Sunday Telegraph report that some in the US State Department hold that there is no “special relationship” between the UK and the US, many in England have wondered why Obama cannot woo them like he does Russia or Venezuela.

The latest slap was delivered by Hillary Clinton last month in Argentina. The Washington Post‘s Charles Krauthammer sums it up well:

In 1982, Argentina’s military junta invaded the (British) Falkland Islands.  The generals thought the British, having long lost their taste for foreign lands, would let it pass. Besides, the Falklands have uncountably more sheep than people. They underestimated Margaret Thatcher (the Argentines, that is, not the sheep). She was not about to permit the conquest of a people whose political allegiance and ethnic ties are to Britain. She dispatched the navy. Britannia took it back.

Afterward, neither Thatcher nor her successors have countenanced negotiations. Britain doesn’t covet foreign dominion and has no shortage of sheep. But it does believe in self-determination, and it will negotiate nothing until and unless the Falkland Islanders indicate their desire to be ruled by a chronically unstable, endemically corrupt polity with a rich history of dictatorship, economic mismanagement and the occasional political lunacy (see: the Evita cult).

Not surprisingly, the Falkland Islanders have given no such indication. Yet inexplicably, Clinton sought to reopen a question that had been settled for almost 30 years, not just pointlessly stirring the embers but even taking the Argentine side (re: negotiations) against Britain — a nation that has fought and bled with us for the past decade, and that today has about 10,000 troops, far more than any other ally, fighting alongside America in Afghanistan.

So, it’s no consolation for us here in Israel that the Obama administration has made a practice of giving democratic allies the cold shoulder.  But, given that on-going phenomenon, can we here in Israel – knowing the unique pressure that arises from many corners of the world against supporting the Jewish State - hope for much better treatment than we’re getting now?