Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy (26 November 2017, 8 Kislev, 5778)
What do Israelis think about the Falklands conflict?
There are Israelis who come from Argentina and Israelis who arrived from Britain and the Commonwealth. It is hard to generalize. Nevertheless the tendency is always to back Britain whether in politics or sport. Why this should be so is another question. The British also come over better in the Israeli Media.
The British in the international arena occasionally back Israel and are considered as potential allies though one never knows either way.
PM Netanyahu seems to like them, so did Sharon.
In the case of the Falkland Islands the British seem to have right on their side.
The inhabitants of the Falkland Islands are British and they are quite some distance from Argentina anyway.
A personal anecdote may be of interest here:
The Falklands War overlapped the Israeli invasion or attempted liberation of Lebanon. The Falklands War is dated April 2 - 14 June 1982. On June 6, 1982, Israeli Forces entered southern Lebanon. This had been preceded by Arab provocations and Israeli retaliations. In Israel the war was seen as an act of self-defence against the PLO who at that time were encamped in Lebanon. [Incidentally the PLO had terrorized the Arabs in the southern part of Lebanon. The IDF was greeted at first with joy, as a liberator.] The PM of Britain was Margaret Thatcher who later revealed herself as of friendly inclination towards Israel. At that time however her attitude was not clear. Thatcher at the beginning had criticized Israel over its actions in Lebanon. I went with my family to visit relatives. The News showed a shipload of British soldiers sailing towards the Falklands. It was said they would take 2 weeks to get there. One of the viewers expostulated,
"Two weeks! And they had the nerve to criticize Israel for defending itself against the provocations and terror attacks of an enemy who is five minutes drive away!"